New Dawn Vallejo Corporation (NDVC) is a community development corporation and was established in 2013, as a charitable tax-exempt 501 c3 nonprofit organization in California. NDVC began with a vision of becoming a catalyst of true transformation in the city of Vallejo, and throughout Solano County, and works to make this vision a reality.
The mission of NDVC is to promote revitalization and redevelopment in Solano County, and to empower it’s citizens by stimulating economic, residential, communal and educational resurgence.
The first major NDVC event was the Know Your Rights forum, held on October 11, 2014. It was held in response to the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. This community forum was hosted by the National Bar Association, California Association of Black Lawyers, Solano County Black Lawyers Association, Bay Area Black Prosecutors, New Dawn Vallejo Corporation, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Vallejo City Unified School District, Vallejo Faith Organization and North Bay Ministers Union of Vallejo and Vicinity. The forum was extremely successful, with over 600 community members in attendance. More than 150 youth and young adults received information about their fourth amendment rights. The forum also served as the beginning of a closer relationship between communities of color and law enforcement.
Shortly after the Know Your Rights Forum, an Executive Collaborative was formed to begin planning for our summer signature programs: Late Night Basketball and Summer of Success. The NDVC Executive Collaborative consists of the following community partners: Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Vallejo Police Department, Solano County Probation Department, Solano County District Attorney’s Office, Solano County Sheriff’s Department, Solano County Health and Social Services, Vallejo Fire Department and the Vallejo City Unified School District.
As a result of this collaborative planning NDVC’s two signature programs are incredibly successful. Late Night Basketball, also known as, “iBall Vallejo” which started in the summer of 2015, serves nearly four-hundred students. A direct result of the relationships built at the “Know Your Rights Forum”, the goal of the program is to reduce conflict, violence, and juvenile crime in Vallejo, by providing a safe and nurturing environment for them, on Friday and Saturday nights. In addition to playing basketball, students participated in educational presentations and were able to sign up for and receive health services.
Summer of Success serves over eighty students, providing them opportunities to improve their academic skills, broaden their horizons, and improve their soft skills. In past summers, students visited the Google campus. Here they learned what it takes to be employed at Google, as well as the many benefits of being an employee. Community members continue to share stories about the positive impact of the programs on the students and the volunteers.
NDVC looks forward to continuing the positive work it does through its programs offered in the Vallejo community in efforts to improve the lives of Vallejo and Solano County families.