Adjoa is the Founder of Vallejo Project, a community of volunteers improving student outcomes by connecting youth to multi-generational enrichment and development pathways in communication, trades, and wellness.
Vallejo Project brings together a passionate team of diverse students, educators, artists, and community advocates to offer weekly workshops and live webinars. They offer leadership and professional training through post-secondary education opportunities for youth ages 12-26 in a variety of fields. In their programs, youth engage with local and international communities, and receive intensive training programs in filmmaking, web design, communication, project management, and business development.
One of their programs is Safe Space, an afternoon program for youth at Global Center for Success, 717 Marin Street and 428 Georgia Street. These are safe spaces for youth to come Mondays and Thursdays after school and on Saturdays. Vallejo Project also works to provide enrichment classes such as music and yoga for after-school youth, giving youth a safe place to practice mindfulness and self-expression. And finally, Vallejo Project trains Youth Mental Health First Aid advocates, who will offer peer to peer support to those in need and who will be trained to identify and refer youth who need deeper intervention.
Another project that Adjoa developed with Vallejo Project is the Unity Garden located at 2166 Sacramento Street. Their gardening efforts are focused on revitalizing the forgotten places within Vallejo and turning vacant lots into productive centers of education and outreach, centered on the production of clean, organic foods for both community and personal consumption.
Adjoa has been an urban educator for 13 years, is a credentialed administrator, and has a Masters in Educational Leadership. She is also a middle school teacher and served on the GVRD board for two years.