VELA YOUTH FUND, Inc. was conceived in the Spring of 2016, by Earl and Sandra (Riggins) Mitchell. The Fund was named for their parents, Vessie & Leon Mitchell and Elva & Aidsand Riggins. The acronym, VELA, is derived from the names Vessie, Elva, Leon, and Aidsand; the matriarchs and patriarchs of the mid-twentieth century Mitchell and Riggins Families, who raised most of their children and grandchildren in Compton, California during the 1950s to 1990s.
These elders deserve to be honored for their dedication to family, church, and community, and for joining with other strong black parents and grandparents to provide the foundation for their succeeding generations to become Spiritually, Mentally, Physically, and Economically successful.


VELA is an approved California 501c3 public non-profit corporation; dedicated to improving life for as many  under served African-American, African, and Caribbean Children as we can effectively touch; by supporting their spiritual, health, educational, and financial needs.  We solicit direct tax-deductible contributions from individual and corporate supporters, and will provide appropriate tax-deductible receipts. We use no paid employees, and produce musical programs, group dinners and other social and entertainment events to raise funds.  Since our policy is to price our event tickets at or below the reasonable market value for the entertainment received, there will be no tax deduction available for such events sponsored by VELA.


VELA Youth Fund, Inc.

Helping black youth develop healthy spirits, healthy bodies, and strong healthy minds

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