Articles & Press Releases

October 8th, 2018

Alisa’s Story

Alisa Didn’t Have a Chance By the fourth grade, she could barely read at a first grade level. And her math skills were just as bad. Her life at home was a dismal. Brothers who were known as troublemakers in the community, little income coming to the family, a missing father . . . and Alisa was left with a sense of helplessness. At eight-years-old, she had already given up. She was sullen and defeated. Statistically, she was destined for a life of...Read more >

August 31st, 2017

Training Day

One of The Leaven’s proudest partnerships is our close ties to the military men and women of Travis Air Force Base. Recently, Mark Lillis had the opportunity to attend a training exercise known as Mobility Guardian at the Air Force’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord, home of the I Corps and 62nd Airlift Wing. During the training exercise, the Contingency Response Wing practiced rapidly setting up and securing airfields, conducting air evacuation exercises, ...Read more >

July 10th, 2017

A Safe Place

Each of our 16 Leaven centers provide year-round tutoring and mentoring to up to 30 students, but they offer another essential service that is part of why our programs are so successful at reducing crime: a safe place. In addition to providing a fun and productive environment for learning, each of our centers also provides 605 hours of care in a safe environment for the children we serve. [caption id="attachment_936" align="alignright" width="625"] Phot...Read more >

June 16th, 2017

A Night to Remember

This past year has been a remarkable time of change for The Leaven. We’ve opened new centers and embraced new opportunities that have helped even more kids and communities rise! It is such a blessing to come together with our community and make a difference in the lives of so many families. Part of the growth we’ve accomplished over the past year came about as a result of our Annual Gala. This yearly event is our largest and allows us to bring toget...Read more >

June 9th, 2017

Teeing off for Success

Events are one of our favorite things at The Leaven because they allow us to bring the community together to share in the exciting work being done at our centers. The start of June brings our Annual Golf Tournament, amazing truly enjoyable time when the community comes together for a day of golf and to raise money to benefit Leaven kids throughout Solano County. This year our Golf Classic raised over $60,000 so Leaven centers can help more kids and comm...Read more >

June 1st, 2017

Summer Full of Success

Forget about June gloom; this is the brightest time of year for Leaven kids because Summer Success begins soon! Starting June 12th, students across California will be coming back to our Leaven centers for unique learning opportunities only available in summer. [caption id="attachment_909" align="alignright" width="625"] Photo by Darin Reyes[/caption] Students’ minds are like sponges, and the longer they go without learning, reading, and keeping the...Read more >

May 28th, 2017

We Remember

As we remember those who gave their lives for our country this Memorial Day, we are thankful for the tremendous sacrifice our Military members and their families make for all of us each day. Their patriotism and dedication are truly a blessing to our nation. For many years we at The Leaven have been blessed by our partnership with Travis Air Force Base, men and women who work together to support our troops and help families right here at home. We are so...Read more >

May 25th, 2017

Better Together

Last fall we asked you, our supporters and members of The Leaven family, to join with us and vote for The Leaven as part of Chick-fil-A’s True Inspiration Awards. Thanks to your help we were selected as the S. Truett Cathy Honoree, earning a $100,000 grant to support and grow our programs. Last week Mark accepted this national award as a guest of The Chick-fil-A Foundation in Atlanta. This money will be going towards opening new centers, and supportin...Read more >

May 13th, 2017

A Gift for Moms

One of The Leaven’s strengths is our ability to serve more than just the children that come to each of our centers. Our programs benefit the whole family, and the community at large through a variety of community outreach programs made possible through our partners. But few things bring as much joy as hearing back from our Leaven parents, telling us how much of a difference our programs have made in the lives of their children. Fathers who tell us ...Read more >

May 5th, 2017

Multiplying Success

With schools throughout California facing tightening budgets and overcrowding, it’s important for teachers to have an ally outside of the classroom to help them make sure every child succeeds. At The Leaven, we work hard to be that trusted partner for all of our students’ teachers. [caption id="attachment_1035" align="alignright" width="552"] Photo by Darin Reyes[/caption] Over the past few months, the staff of our Village center in Suisun City n...Read more >
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