MISSION

VOICES Napa exists to empower under served youth, 16-24, by utilizing holistic services throughout their transition from systems of care, while building a loving community to call home and establishing a solid foundation for a satisfying life.


PROGRAM OVERVIEW

 

Education & Employment

The Explorations College & Career Center at VOICES supports youth to develop a personal plan for success in the areas of education, employment and career development. Youth have access to the drop-in center for a variety of resources and 1:1 coaching. Explorations partners with employers all over the Napa Valley to provide internships and employment opportunities for eligible youth.

Health & Wellness

VOICES promotes the overall wellness of youth by increasing their access to health- related resources. Wellness services include 1:1 counseling and support, food and nutrition classes, physical and mental health education, and assistance with applications for all health-related services.

Independent Living Program

The Independent Living Program provides training to help youth develop the skills needed for becoming independent adults. ILP includes individualized coaching, life conferences, life-skills workshops, leadership opportunities, social gatherings and outings.

 
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VOICES NAPA LOCATION & HOURS

Address

780 Lincoln Avenue
Napa, CA 94558 [Map]
Phone: (707) 251-9432
Fax: (707) 251-9509

Hours

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 3:00pm


STAFF

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TYLER HART

VOICES Napa Program Coordinator

My name is Tyler Hart and I am the Program Coordinator at VOICES Napa. My first job was as the neighborhood paperboy. One of the most valuable life lessons that I have learned so far is that character is not static--who we have been does not have to be who we will become! Change is possible. For me, happiness is the result of living in accordance with my personal values and beliefs, and seeking to empower myself and those with whom I come into contact. *LOVE=SERVICE* If I had unlimited funding, I would ensure adequate legal counsel for ALL defendants facing criminal charges in the US. I would enact a program to assemble a team of the most qualified attorneys, social workers, mental health professionals, etc., to affect positive change in the criminal justice system.

You can reach me at tylerh@voicesyouthcenter.org.

 
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ODELIA BUENO

VOICES Napa Independent Living Program Case Manager

My name is Odelia Bueno and I am the Independent Living Program Case Manager at VOICES Napa. My first job was at the summer CRUZ Program through VOICES. The most valuable life lesson I have learned so far is to never give up; only the strong survive. My definition of happiness is being the mother to my beautiful daughter. If I had unlimited funding, I would create an affordable housing program for all youth to access.

You can reach me at odelia@voicesyouthcenter.org.

 
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JOLENE PIGHINI

VOICES Napa Youth Advocate

My name is Jolene Pighini and I am a Youth Advocate at VOICES Napa. My first job was working in the kitchen at Burgerfi. The most valuable life lesson I've learned so far is to surround yourself with people who care about you and are looking out for you. My definition of happiness is being able to wake up in the morning excited about the day and the people I get to be around and the new things I get to experience. If I had unlimited funding, I would love for all students to have access to free therapy and mental health services.

You can reach me at jolene@voicesyouthcenter.org.

 
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RHYS VANHONK

VOICES Napa Youth Advocate

My name is Rhys Vanhonk and I’m a Youth Advocate at VOICES Napa. My first job was as an Intern at VOICES. The most valuable life lesson I have learned so far would have to be there is no one too busy in this world, it's always about priorities, you will always find time for the things you feel are important. My definition of happiness is that it’s that feeling that comes over you when you know life is good and you can't help but smile. happiness is a sense of wellbeing, joy, or contentment, successful, safe or lucky thats happiness. If I had unlimited funding to create my own program, I would build a type of recreation center with all the sports and activities you can think of.

You can reach me at rhys@voicesyouthcenter.org.

 
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CARMEN LOCKARD

VOICES Napa Youth Advocate

My name is Carmen Lockard and I am a Youth Advocate at VOICES Napa. My first job was the VOICES Work Crew. The most valuable life lesson I have learned so far is that you have to get out of your comfort zone to grow. My definition of happiness is doing the right things for the right reasons; happiness is truly loving and accepting myself and others; happiness is that feeling when I look up at the stars and I feel like I am exactly where I am suppose to be and my heart smiles. If I had unlimited funding, I would definitely want to create some kind of program that would provide unlimited housing to people who can't afford or struggle to afford living here in Napa.

You can reach me at carmen@voicesyouthcenter.org.

 
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ANGIE AVINA

VOICES Napa Youth Advocate

My name is Angie Avina and I am a Youth Advocate at VOICES Napa. My first job was working at IHOP as a hostess. The most valuable life lesson I’ve learned so far is to not let anyone tell you that you're unable to do something. My definition of "happiness" is being who I am without worrying about others standards they have for me. If I had unlimited funding, I would put it to making VOICES spread throughout California and later the rest of the world.

You can reach me at angie@voicesyouthcenter.org.

 
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JESUS FLORES

VOICES Napa Youth Advocate

My name is Jesus Flores and I am a Youth Staff at VOICES Napa. My first job was as a dishwasher at Aegis Retirement Home.

The most valuable life lesson I've learned so far is that no matter what has happened in your past or will happen in your future, you have to learn to love yourself.

My definition of “happiness” is being accepted by those around you and having them look forward to seeing/speaking with you

If there was unlimited funding, I  would want to create Some sort of designated transportation system for youth that need rides to and from the center(s), without having to wait long periods for their own rides (that are possibly busy) or having to ask any staff to take time out of their schedule to take them.

You can reach me at jesus@voicesyouthcenter.org.

 
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TARA LEDEZMA

Director of Youth Services, VOICES Napa & SPARK Initiative

My name is Tara Ledezma and I am the Independent Living Program (ILP) Program Manager. My first job was a City of Napa Recreation Leader at Mcpherson Elementary School.

The most valuable life lesson I have learned so far is to never give up! There will always be bumps in the road but you have to pick yourself up and move on. My definition of “happiness” is to be loved and to spread love and joy.

If I had unlimited funding, I would create housing opportunities and legal services for all young people that needed guidance.

You can reach me at tara@voicesyouthcenter.org or 707-363-9487.

 
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ANDRES CANTERA

VOICES Napa Program Manager

My name is Andres Cantera and I am the Independent Living Program (ILP) Case Manager. My first job was selling spices in the Oxbow Market at Whole Spice shop through the WIOA program.

The most valuable life lesson I have learned so far is to celebrate every accomplishment, because we never know when we will have the next one. My definition of happiness is being overall satisfied and happy with your everyday actions and course of life.

If I had unlimited funding I would give the money to fund an even bigger VOICES program that also included housing for youth and extend services, such as AB12, to all youth that could benefit from the services.

You can reach me at andres@voicesyouthcenter.org.

 
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ERICA HICKEY-SMITH

VOICES Policy Coordinator

One important thing that I’ve learned is that no matter what life throws at you, the way that you react to it shows your true character, and your true character should always shine through every decision you make.

If I had an unlimited amount of funding at my fingertips, I would find housing for school for young people especially the ones going to college. I would finally by county property and turn it into youth center in my county. I would create a scholarship fund for young people to live out there one life dream once they have successfully completed vacation all training certificate program or college. I’d sponsor positions for young people to work with local officials to understand their communities better the needs of their communities and get a better idea of what they’d like to do in the future if it were to local.

 
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AMBER TWITCHELL

OTM Associate Director/ VOICES Director

My name is Amber Twitchell and I am the Associate Director of On The Move and VOICES Director. My first job was counting electrical tubing inch by inch all day at an electric supply warehouse. I was fired for having too much potential – I apologize to the guy that I got mad at when he told me. You were right.

The most valuable life lesson that I have learned is that the moment you feel you have to prove your worth to someone is the same moment that you should absolutely walk away. The only one that needs to believe you are worthy is you.

I have found happiness at VOICES – being surrounded by people that love me for who I am, despite my flaws. Knowing with certainty that when I need someone to help me, there will be committed and passionate people ready to support me with no judgment.

If I had unlimited funding, I would support all of my staff in building the programs that they dream about (similar to what I already get to do at VOICES – I am so lucky)! 

You can reach me at amber@onthemovebayarea.org or 707-570-7769.