Our 41st 50 Fund Playmaker is the Junior Achievement (JA) of Northern California, whose mission of Junior Achievement is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
Their Playmaker grant will support their Public Law and Justice Summit, which will connect with mentors from the local community who can help them understand how what they learn in school is applied to the world and provide them with adult role models they can turn to for guidance. JA programs are delivered through local community volunteers/mentors in a way that makes all classroom learning real and authentic for the students, thereby helping them to overcome the skills gap that leaves them unprepared to face the challenges of the workplace.
JA nominated Deputy District Attorney Laura Delehunt, who partners with community-based organizations to serve Contra Costa County’s youth and teach students about bullying, drug, gang and violence prevention. Last year in a coordinated effort with JA, more than 20 members of her office participated in the Public Law and Justice Summit at Pinole Valley High School, Deer Valley High School and several middle schools in Antioch.
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.