The Center of a Living Legacy

The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill (ERVK) is a national leader in youth leadership and character development programs, human rights education, and advocacy initiatives that inspire and empower individuals, organizations and communities to use their time, talent and resources to build a just and sustainable world.  We are dedicated to breathing new life into the precedents set and the legacies left behind by the First Lady of the World, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt.

We strive to be Eleanor Roosevelt’s heart, mind and voice in realizing a better world – a world of acceptance, opportunity, dignity and respect for all.

What we do

We foster leadership. We motivate people to take action. We promote social justice and human rights for all. We transform lives.

Our cutting-edge programs and experiences epitomize Eleanor Roosevelt’s passion and commitment to principled leadership, social justice, and human rights. Cultivating this same passion and commitment in young emerging leaders, equips them to be self-reliant and empowered agents of change.

Our efforts are focused on three key pillars: revolutionizing youth leadership, igniting civic engagement and redefining global activism.

Why we do it

The communities where generations build their lives, and the wide-world that influences these communities are confronted with momentous decisions and profound challenges that only we as citizens, can shape.

Tomorrow is now. Eleanor challenged America’s youth to provide compassionate, farsighted leadership in an increasingly complex world. Imparting the ideals, wisdom, vision, and leadership of Eleanor Roosevelt motivates people to action — and indeed can change the world.






Eleanor Roosevelt: Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 20 (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
(2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.