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First Chance Vallejo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to bridge the existing gap in education, recreational activities & support for our youth that is otherwise unavailable to this demographic.

Operating as usual


Not just in business but life. Stop comparing and start working together towards the common goal leave your egos at home.

“Collaboration over competition” is the way. There’s enough business around for everyone. We all have something to offer and how we do things may be different how you do things, however, there’s much to be learned and shared when we fix each other’s crowns 👑

Growing in business together expands everyone’s potential ten-fold.


Nomination Announcement:
Ms. Wattles is a teacher at Elite and has been nominated for a Teacher Appreciation Award in appreciation for outstanding dedication and service. Thank you for all you do in the community. Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum Angels with heart


In 2022 The Sports Scholarship Fund was sponsored by Tacos Jalisco , Modern Method Roofing & Construction, Inc.
and anonymous donors.

Donate by visiting

Help kids in your own community, make a meaningful and local impact.
These youth are unable to afford to play sports but have the drive and deserve to play.

There are countless studies highlighting the benefits of sports on youth and their development. Give them their first chance by helping us reach our goal of supporting at least 20 children every year.

If we want to see change we have to invest in our community of children.

Donors will receive: (1) Shout-out on all our social media platforms. (2) Advertising your organization on our sponsor page. (3) Tax-Donation receipt.

This is registered with the CA Charity Registry.


Nomination Announcement:
Mr. Cooper is a teacher at Solano Middle School and has been nominated for a Teacher Appreciation Award in appreciation for outstanding dedication and service. Thank you for all you do in the community. Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum Angels with heart


Nomination Announcement:
Ms. Iriarte is a teacher at Cooper Elementary and has been nominated for a Teacher Appreciation Award in appreciation for outstanding dedication and service. Thank you for all you do in the community. Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum Angels with heart


Nomination Announcement:
Mr. Falcone is a teacher at Dan Mini Elementary and has been nominated for a Teacher Appreciation Award in appreciation for outstanding dedication and service. Thank you for all you do in the community. Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum Angels with heart


Coming May 2023 Teacher Appreciation is arriving. During a community skating event we will honor and show our appreciation to local Vallejo teachers who have made an impact in our lives. We are welcoming nominations until April 01, 2023, after we have collected the nominations teachers will be chosen to receive an award. There will be one teacher chosen to represent each of the unique schools in our community.

Awards will be presented during the 'Skate to Appreciate' event
Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum Angels with heart

Please nominate your teacher by visiting

Looking to become a sponsor for this event?

Photos from First Chance Vallejo's post 12/26/2022

Working together as a community TBG Productions Vallejo Project Angels with heart Choices Amazing Ice Cream, Winter Drive success.

Timeline photos 12/26/2022

Happy Kwanzaa!

Wishing you a Joyous Kwanzaa, Vallejo! 🕯️

Kwanzaa 2022 begins today, Monday, December 26, and lasts through Sunday, January 1, 2023

The word “Kwanzaa” itself comes from the Kiswahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, meaning “first fruits [of the harvest]."

Kwanzaa focuses on seven essential principles, known as the Nguzo Saba, which are each represented by one day of the seven-day celebration.

These principles are:
🤝 Unity (umoja)
💪 Self-determination (kujichagulia)
👥 Collective work and responsibility (ujima)
📊 Cooperative economics (ujamaa)
❤️ Purpose (nia)
🖍️ Creativity (kuumba)
🛐 Faith (imani)


First Chance Vallejo news

Just a reminder our monthly newsletter comes out Jan 3rd, 2023 if you haven't done so please sign up.

If you are hosting any community events or offering any resources during the month of Jan and would like us to include information and a flier please email [email protected] before Jan 2nd, 2023. Thank you !

First Chance Vallejo news


This is today ! Come donate or get some winter gear or just say hello 😁💙💚💛

Winter Giveaway ❄️🌨🧣🧤🧥🧦. A community collaboration. Donations welcome and encouraged coats, scarves, gloves & socks.
Dec 21st 3-5 pm JFK Library Vallejo Project TBG Productions Angels with heart


Tell a friend, family in need of warm supplies this Winter 🥶 ❄️ With temperatures dropping, we are collaborating with a few organizations to help get product and supplies out to those in need.

Pick-up winter donations and accessories in front of the John F. Kennedy Library 📚 Drop-off donations will be accepted in partnership with

Spread the word 📢 ❤️

Wednesday, Dec. 21st, 2022
John F. Kennedy Library


Winter Giveaway ❄️🌨🧣🧤🧥🧦. A community collaboration. Donations welcome and encouraged coats, scarves, gloves & socks.
Dec 21st 3-5 pm JFK Library Vallejo Project TBG Productions Angels with heart


Have a great holiday. We will be closed during Christmas break.


We just can’t say enough how proud we are of Mr. Robert Martinez. He’s come so far in our program and watching him grow as a person is just a blessing to witness.

Timeline photos 12/14/2022

Timeline photos

City Of Vallejo, In Partnership With GVRD Opens Overnight Warming Shelter For the Upcoming Cold Front Next Week

📆 Shelter Open Mon. December 12, through Thurs. December 15
⏰ 8:30 pm to 7:00 am

The City of Vallejo, in partnership with the Greater Vallejo Recreation District and local volunteers, will open an overnight warming shelter for those seeking respite from the cold front next week, Monday, December 12, through Thursday, December 15. The shelter will open in the evenings from 8:30 pm to 7:00 am the following morning.

The shelter is located at Norman C. King South Vallejo Community Center (545 Magazine Street, Vallejo, CA).

Participants are encouraged to bring their own blankets, although there will be a limited number of blankets and pillows available. In addition, participants will be limited to bringing in one small bag of personal items as space is limited.

If you or your organization are looking for ways to support this community effort,
please visit 🌐 and fill out a volunteer interest form.

WHAT: Overnight Warming Shelter

WHEN: Monday, December 12, through Thursday, December 15 - 8:30 pm - 7:00 am

WHERE: Norman C. King Recreation Center
545 Magazine Street, Vallejo, CA 94590

DETAILS: Participants are encouraged to bring their own blankets, although there will be a limited number of blankets and pillows available. One small bag/personal item will also be allowed.

Greater Vallejo Recreation District


Come down to Brickmania ! Homework help/tutoring 📚 and pizza 🍕 we are here in collaboration with our friends Vallejo Project, Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:30 to 5:30 🕠.

Photos from Mina Diaz, Councilmember, City of Vallejo District 3's post 12/07/2022

Photos from Mina Diaz, Councilmember, City of Vallejo District 3's post


Alright Folks! If you love Vallejo and all of the kids please tap our link below and buy a gift or 2 from the list for children in need. These gifts will be sent to me and then i will distribute them. If you want your name to be added on the note, please let me know.

Thank you for helping the children of Vallejo.

Happy Holidays


Human Rights for youth starts in 50 minutes you still have time to sign up. Email [email protected]

Profile pictures 12/02/2022

Profile pictures

December Newsletter 12/01/2022

December Newsletter

Our December Newsletter is here, if you would like to sign-up for our newsletter please visit our website or email [email protected]

December Newsletter Let's help our neighbors thrive.


Would you like to inspire a student?

Townshippers’ Association is extremely excited to announce that the “Rooted in the Townships” Career fairs will be back in person at:
• Richmond High School on December 7
• Alexander Galt Regional High School on December 14
• Massey-Vanier High School on February 15

These events give English-speaking students:
• the chance to be inspired by individuals from a variety of backgrounds and professional fields;
• useful insight and information to guide them as they explore options and ideas about their life, career, and educational path after high school.

We’re currently looking for a few professionals in the following fields who would be interested in talking about their career paths with Secondary 4 & 5 students:
Trades (electrician, carpenter, hairdresser, mechanic, baker or chef, etc.)
Business owner or self employed (shop owner, consultant, event management, artist, IT technician, etc.)
Engineering (mechanical, electrical, robotics, computer, etc.)
Animal care: (vet technicians, veterinarians, groomers, refuge owners or others)

If you, or someone you know, fits one of these profiles and would like to help us inspire some local students, contact Ed Humphrey: [email protected].


GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. Make the difference today for our community.


Reminder that today there is a Game Design class in El Sobrante CA at the youth center, Reach O.U.T. mode on Valley View Rd. Free Game Design for youth and classes are held weekly on Mondays from 3:30 to 5:30pm ! We hope to see you there 👾🕹🎮 all youth welcome . This is a collaboration with The Oshiana Unique Thompkins Foundation.


This Thursday in-person Game Changer classes for youth start up again in Richmond (free). 🎮🕹👾

322 Harbour Way
Richmond,CA (upstairs M2HO)
5:30 to 7:30pm every Thursday

Ages 7-18 welcome !
Learn about the history of video games, design a game, program and code your game. A collaboration brought to you by Motivated 2 Help Others & First Chance Vallejo.


Vets & Youth a Mentorship Pilot Program

We are launching a pilot mentorship program connecting veterans and youth in a "big brother" and "big sister" type of way.

As a mentor you will (1) give guidance (2) provide support (3) promote change & growth. Use your skills and knowledge you learned in the military to help shape and guide our youth community.

Currently accepting applications for mentors and mentees. We appreciate your interest and look forward to hearing from you soon!




Photos from First Chance Vallejo's post 11/20/2022

7 Historical Indigenous Figures and Their Impact
Crazy Horse (c. 1840-1877)
Oglala band of the Lakota division of the Sioux

Born in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Tasunke Witco, or Crazy Horse, was an Oglala Lakota warrior. He fought against encroachment by White American settlers on Indigenous territory and played a pivotal role in the Black Hills War, particularly in the Fetterman Fight and the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Today, this famous war leader is honored at the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota.

Edmonia Lewis (1844-1907)

The first African American and Indigenous sculptor to gain national and international recognition, Edmonia Lewis, also called Wildfire, was born to a Black father and a Chippewa (Ojibwa) mother. Lewis was orphaned at a young age and grew up among her mother’s tribe before attending college in Ohio and later establishing herself as an artist in Boston. In 1865, she moved to Rome, Italy where she created works depicting the struggles and traditions of both Black and Indigenous peoples.

We’wha (1849-1896)

We’wha was a Lhamana (Zuni Two Spirit) individual who became a Zuni cultural ambassador, a pottery and textile artist, and a spiritual leader. A skilled crafter, We’wha became one of the first Zunis to sell their ceramics and woven blankets, belts, and sashes, helping to promote Indigenous arts more widely. They participated in their community’s medicine society and the men’s kachina society, where they performed ritual masked dances. We’wha’s influence was recognized beyond their community, and in 1885, We’wha visited Washington D.C. for six months, even calling on President Grover Cleveland.

Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865-1915)

The first Indigenous woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, Susan La Flesche Picotte wanted to ensure that the Indigenous peoples on the Omaha Reservation had access to medical care. This became her life’s goal and work after watching an Indigenous woman die when a White doctor refused to care for her. Picotte not only achieved her goal, but she also went on to open a full hospital in the reservation town of Walthill, Nebraska. Today, the original hospital hosts a museum dedicated to her legacy.

Jim Thorpe (1887-1953)
Sac and Fox Nation

Jim Thorpe was the first Native American to win a gold medal in the Olympics for the United States. He is often regarded as one of the most versatile athletes in modern sports history. In 1912, Thorpe won two Olympic gold medals: one in classic pentathlon and the other in decathlon. On top of that, Thorpe also played American football, professional baseball, and basketball, and was even inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.

Katie John (1915-2013)
Ahtna Athabascan

A respected Elder and champion of Alaskan Native rights, Katie John worked through proposals and court cases to restore her community’s fishing rights on their ancestral land along the Copper River, an area known as the Batzulnetas. The case became known throughout Alaska as the “Katie John case.” Katie also helped keep the Ahtna Athabascan language alive by creating its first written alphabet and making recordings to teach its pronunciation. In 2019, Alaska declared May 31, the day of Katie John’s death, as Katie John Day to celebrate her life’s work.

Chester Nez (1921-2014)
Navajo Dibéłizhiní (Black Sheep Clan) of the Tsénahabiłnii (Sleeping Rock People)

Chester Nez was the last surviving original Navajo code talker who served in the U.S. Marines during World War II. At the time, radios were not equipped with encryption technology, meaning enemy forces could overhear sensitive information. Nez and other Navajos helped prevent this from happening by communicating across radios in the Navajo language, which was difficult for others to learn and had no written form. Nez went on to write about the experience in his memoir and was one of five living code talkers to receive the Congressional Gold Medal from President George W. Bush in 2001.

8 Living Indigenous People and Leaders to Teach About
Oren Lyons (b. 1930)
Onondaga and Seneca nations of the Iroquois Confederacy (the Haudenosaunee)

Oren Lyons is a Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, a member of the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, the co-founder of the Haudenosaunee Nationals lacrosse team, and a member of the Indigenous Peoples of the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations. In his work, Lyons advocates for environmental justice and treaty recognitions neglected by the U.S. government.

Joy Harjo (b. 1951)
Muscogee (Creek) Nation

A poet, musician, playwright, and author, Joy Harjo is the 23rd U.S. Poet Laureate and the first Indigenous person to receive this honor. She has written nine books of poetry, two children’s books, two memoirs, and three plays, among other works. She has also released seven award-winning music albums and has taught at countless universities.

John Herrington (b. 1958)
Chickasaw Nation

In 2002, former U.S. Naval aviator John Herrington became the first enrolled member of a Native American tribe to fly in space. The NASA astronaut carried the Chickasaw Nation flag on his 13-day trip in space after the flag was given to him by Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby. Harrington was awarded many medals and honors throughout his career, was inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame, and eventually retired in 2005. He now serves as a motivational speaker to young people.

Sterlin Harjo (b. 1979)
Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and Muscogee heritage

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Sterlin Harjo is an Indigenous filmmaker, director, and producer who has directed three feature films, a feature documentary, and the FX comedy series Reservation Dogs, which he co-wrote with the Māori filmmaker, actor, and comedian Taika Waititi. Harjo’s work is centered around the Indigenous experience and draws upon Indigenous traditions and practices of storytelling. Reservation Dogs is the first and only TV series where every writer, director, and series regular is Indigenous, and it most recently won a Peabody award.

Sharice Davids (b. 1980)
Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin

Sharice Davids is the first openly LGBTQ+ Indigenous person elected to the U.S. Congress and one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress, along with Deb Haaland of New Mexico. First elected in 2018, she is currently serving Kansas’ Third Congressional District in Congress after working in economic and community development on reservations and in the Department of Transportation under President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump.

Tommy Orange (b. 1982)
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma

A graduate of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Tommy Orange is the author of the novel There There. Published in 2018, the book follows a group of Indigenous people living in Oakland, California and addresses Indigenous history and identity as well as the experience of Indigenous peoples living in urban places. Orange won the John Leonard Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and American Book Award for his work.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez (b. 2000)
Mashika People

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is an environmental activist and hip-hop artist who served as the Youth Director of Earth Guardians. He was named one of DoSomething’s 2019 Youth Empower Players and has been speaking out for the climate justice movement since he was 6 years old. He has spoken in English, Spanish, and Nahuatl at the UN and has also advocated for climate change reform through lawsuits.

Quannah Chasinghorse (b. 2002)
Han Gwich’in and Sicangu/Oglala Lakota Tribes

An Indigenous land protector and climate justice activist, Quannah Chasinghorse was part of Teen Vogue’s 2020 list of “21 under 21.” She is passionate about Indigenous sovereignty and the movement MMIWG2S, which stands for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People. She works as a professional fashion model and unapologetically shows her facial tattoos, a traditional hand-poke tattoo called Yidįįłtoo. Chasinghorse bridged traditional Indigenous adornments and contemporary elements in her viral 2022 Met Gala look and, shortly after, walked in New York Fashion Week for the first time.

Home | Vallejo Project 11/20/2022

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Have you heard of Vallejo Project ? We encourage you to head on over and check out their resources and become part of the community experience.

Home | Vallejo Project We are a team of Vallejo community leaders, with over 150 years of collective youth development expertise, who function as extended family members to our youth leaders and to each other.

Photos from First Chance Vallejo's post 11/19/2022

The Pillowcase Project brought to the community by in collaboration with and . The children learned about what to do during disasters including fires 🔥, earthquakes and storms 🌨


Looking for a new legal intern, Neha has been helping us since April and is now moving on to new horizons! Thank you for everything you have done for us Neha ❤️ We wish you the best in your future endeavors 😉


If your a coach or a representative of a team and would like us to feature your flier in our monthly sports email please email a picture/copy to [email protected]
Thank you for being a part of our great community.

Photos from First Chance Vallejo's post 11/17/2022

Took a visit to two schools today to provide education on human rights. Do you know yours? Interested in having us come do a presentation for a class? Contact us

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We also can refer you to our partner organizations for volunteer opportunities! Get involved!! 😄
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