50 Fund Playmaker: Gloria Romero and the Mission Neighborhood Center

Our 47th 50 Fund Playmaker is the Mission Neighborhood Center, whose mission is to deliver culturally sensitive, multi-generational, community-based services focused on low-income families. They work to develop and promote leadership skills that empower families to build strong, healthy, and vibrant neighborhoods.

MNC serves over 3000 low-income seniors, youth, and families with young children at 11 sites in five of San Francisco’s most disenfranchised neighborhoods.  They provide a multitude of educational programs and social services to communities that are in need, with this grant funding WE ARE THE WOMEN, an established youth-driven campaign of MNC’s Mission Girls program, designed to raise awareness about the objectification of women in media. The program has aided 20 girls in writing and recording a song and music video that depicts women in a positive light; this project empowers the girls to demonstrate how they want to be portrayed in the media. Their grant will be used to help the 20 young women to design, write, and prepare for a WE ARE THE WOMEN workshop to be delivered to local high school youth ages 13-17. The Mission program serves over 300 of the city’s highest-risk girls, many of which have experienced trauma, violence, discrimination, and/or poverty.

MNC wants to recognize Gloria Romero, who is a former program participant and volunteer, and the current Director of Youth Services at MNC. During her 14 years of service, Gloria has advocated for the highest quality in youth services, and has shown immense dedication to the success of the program. For example, when the Mission Girls program did not have a Director for a 9-month period, Gloria stepped in to keep MNC on schedule and to ensure all work was being done—on top of her accountabilities as Director of Youth Services.

“Gloria has helped nurture and cultivate the leadership skills and personal potential of numerous Mission Girls participants who have come full circle and are now giving back to their local community as employees of MNC,” said BLANK. “Much of this positive cycle of community building and empowerment has been attributed to Gloria’s leadership and inspiration as a role model.”

*Music and behind the scene footage compliments of Future Youth Records.

50 weeks. 50 grants. 50 opportunities to recognize Bay Area residents who are making a difference through their service to our community in celebration of Super Bowl 50. The 50 Fund’s Playmaker program was designed to showcase the real difference Bay Area nonprofits are making in the lives of our children, and people behind the scenes who are making that impact possible.

Every Tuesday, the 50 Fund—the legacy fund of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee—will reveal a new Playmaker and share that nonprofit’s story of inspiration.