The Center of a Living Legacy

The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill (ERVK) is 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.

Our mission

The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill (ERVK) educates, inspires and empowers participants to use their talent and resources to build a sustainable world which reflects Eleanor’s passion for human rights, principled leadership and social justice.

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

We are living in an era where engaged and active citizens are essential. Each of us needs to be thoughtful about building and shaping the kind of world, and the kind of communities, where we want our children and grandchildren to thrive.

Eleanor challenged Americans to engage on tough issues while sticking to a foundation of kindness and humility. Our work is to impart the ideals, wisdom, vision, and leadership of Eleanor Roosevelt with the purpose of motivating people to action — and changing the world.

Eleanor Roosevelt: Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 19 Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.