(Lillian Vallely Youth Foundation Press Release, June 14, 2021; Photo Credit: Lillian Vallely School)
The Lillian Vallely School for Native American elementary school children closed in May 2020. It’s beautiful buildings and campus were sold to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes for their educational programs. In its place the Lillian Vallely Youth Foundation was created. The Foundation has exactly the same mission, but without the need to support bricks and mortar.
The school welcomed children for over twenty years, furnishing academic, cultural, and basic values instruction. It gave students confidence to succeed in two cultures. LV School closed because Covid 19 made fund raising critically difficult. Actually, this has been a blessing. Using the assets from the sale of the school, the Foundation has reached out to school districts, independent educational institutions, even families to assist them with funding new and existing Native American educational programs. The LV Youth Foundation is amazing in its flexibility and incredibly efficient. LV Youth Foundation welcomes contributions and 99% of the moneys received go to the youth. That is amazing! See the website, lvyouthfoundation.org, for more details and to support the Foundation. It is a 501 c3, tax deductible, organization.
The Board of Directors for the Foundation includes dedicated Native Americans and others
from Idaho and Arizona. Donors come from all over America.
For more information, contact Doug Eddington, Board President, at (208) 680-7533.