Neighborhood Initiative partners with McPherson Elementary School, Phillips Elementary, School Silverado Middle School & Napa High School

Contact Leadership Academy:

(707) 253-3488 ext. 4511

The founding project of the McPherson Neighborhood Initiative was the establishment of a Leadership Academy at Napa High School and Silverado Middle School in 2007. What began as a small program serving only 25 youth now serves 210 young people across fours schools serving elementary, middle school and high schools students. The project was developed to teach students the skills necessary to connect to, and succeed, in school, build their capacity as community leaders and learn and demonstrate the value of local civic engagement.

After launching the program across 8th grade and 12th grade, On The Move (OTM) recognized that in order to have the desired impact on the students, the program must begin much earlier in the student’s education. In order to ensure high school readiness students must begin garnering the skills and knowledge in elementary school.

For the past ten years OTM has worked to grow and develop this program to ensure the highest level of effectiveness. When the Leadership Academies began in 2007 only 7% of graduating Latino youth were qualified to attend a four-year university; today over 28% of Latino youth are college ready. The first year of the Leadership Academies, only 50% of our students attended college or trade school; today 100% of students participating in this high impact program graduate and attend college.

MYLA - Elementary School Leadership Academy

Engaging 4th and 5th graders in projects that promote leadership skills.

LIFE (Leading Into Future Education) Middle School Leadership Academy

Engaging 6th, 7th and 8th graders in projects that promote civic engagement and leadership skills at an early age. 

LAYLA (Leadership Academy Youth Leaders in Action) High School Leadership Academy

Designed to prepare 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th graders to excel academically, strengthen their 21st Century Skills and raise up our next generation of leaders.