50 Fund Rookie Playmaker: Patricia Manubay and Jefferson Awards Foundation

Our 43rd 50 Fund Playmaker is the Jefferson Awards Foundation, whose mission is to build a culture of service across the country. They are the country’s longest standing and most prestigious organization dedicated to activating and celebrating public service. 

Their Playmaker grant will be used to support Students in Action (SIA), a turnkey high school service and leadership program that trains student leaders to think big, become the driving force for effective service and creating meaningful impact. The grant would enable the Foundation to serve 40 more youth with leadership development opportunities and hands-on coaching and mentorship.

They have recognized 18 year old Patricia Manubay, a recent graduate of El Camino High School, as their Rookie Playmaker drafted by Levi’s®. As a junior, she founded the SIA team at her school and served as its first President, and the team has since earned multiple national awards for engaging students as active community members, and through programs such as their school-wide anti-bullying campaign themed “You Are Not Alone” and #ChallengeApathy. Plus she’s donated 150 Dream Boxes to support those living in poverty.

“With the help of my community, we can work together to really make a difference in these young people’s lives, to teach them that their dreams do matter,” said Patricia. “Through programs like Dream Boxes, we can potentially start a whole generation of passionately driven students.”

This Playmaker is part of our Rookie Playmaker program – youth ages 13-24 who are making a difference in the Bay Area by protecting the environment and advocating for community members in need. The Levis Brand is our partner in the Rookie Playmaker program.  

“Patricia believes that her purpose in life is to help others and has been volunteering since she was in second grade at local churches, parks, beaches and food banks,” said Freda Storm, regional director.  

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.