Project Avary

385 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Suite G , Novato, CA 94949

Project Avary improves life outcomes for children with parents in prison. Children with incarcerated parents are highly at-risk youth who, through no fault of their own, face daunting life challenges. Long-term guidance and training helps children develop emotional, social, and life skills that are essential for growing into healthy young adults.

Founded in 1999, Project Avary was one of the first nonprofit organizations in the nation dedicated to improving life outcomes among children with parents in prison. During its brief history, over 400 Bay Area children have participated in a long-term, continuum of support that includes enrichment, outdoor education, and psycho-social support for children, leadership and life skills training for teens, and valuable support for caregivers.

Recent Grantee News


Bay Area’s Project Avary Takes Its Program Online


Rex Foundation has been a proud supporter of the Bay Area’s Project Avary since…well, since it was co-founded by Rex’s original Executive Director, Danny Rifkin, back in the ’90s. Since then, its programs have made a life-changing difference to many kids and teens with a parent in prison, with summer camp, mentoring relationships, and more. […]


1999 Grantees


Los Lobos (Gleason Award) $10,000 Mission Cultural Center (Garcia Award) $10,000 Nubian Village Development Fund $9,500 Project AVARY $10,000 War Child USA (Graham Award) $10,000 TOTAL 1999 GRANTS : $ 49,500


Project Avary “Building Better Futures”


Thursday night, October 10, 2013 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Rex grantee Project Avary hosts its “Building Better Futures” fundraising event. Project Avary  is committed to improving the life outcomes among children who through no fault of their own find themselves at risk because a parent has been imprisoned. Project Avary offers […]


Checking in With Pete Sears


Moonalice band photoMost Rex fans are probably familiar with Pete Sears from his work back in the day with artists like Rod Stewart, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna, and in more recent times with our good friends and Rex Musical Caravan mainstays Moonalice. His name has also come up a lot in connection with his support of Rex grantee Project Avary. Perhaps not so well known, though, is the fact that Pete also knows Rex from the perspective of having been a grantee himself, with Rex having helped fund a human-rights video he made in 1988.


Project Avary


When a parent goes to prison, statistics show their kids have drastically increased odds of heading down the same path. Project Avary takes an intensive approach to breaking that cycle.