Our 28th 50 Fund Playmaker is the Athletic Scholars Advancement Program (ASAP), a nonprofit dedicated to student athletes in Mission High School. They create and cultivate a college-bound culture by providing access to summer college programs, one-on-one mentoring, individualized academic guidance and college counseling services.
Their 50 Fund grant will found their Summer Program Project, which sends students to programs on college campuses, a program that gets students out of our neighborhoods and exposed to college life. Last year, ASAP sent 155 students to a diverse range of programs all around the country.
ASAP recognized Executive Director Liz Butler Steyer as their Playmaker for her work as an advocate of at-risk youth throughout her career. Under her tenure, ASAP has tripled in size and now serves 300 students each year. She has shared that her goal is to provide students at Mission High individualized guidance and one-on-one assistance to assist them in the process of applying to college.
“Repeatedly, studies have shown the ripple effect from a first-generation student going to college; the first young person in a family who goes to college changes the odds for their younger siblings and all who follow,” said Butler Steyer. “We want ASAP to be a catalyst toward a college-going culture, and we’re committed to reaching as many students as possible.”
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.