50 Fund Playmaker: Natali Mendoza and San Jose Conservation Corps

Our 40th 50 Fund Playmaker is the San Jose Conservation Corps & Charter School (SJCC&CS), a nonprofit organization that provides youth with a quality high school education and teaches valuable work and life skills that empower them to become responsible, productive and caring citizens.

Their Playmaker grant will be used to fund their inaugural Breaking Barriers Day, which will showcase the work and achievements of their students, highlight the training and educational services provided by SJCC&CS and foster a united, cohesive community among the students, corpsmembers, teachers and staff.

SJCC&CS have recognized Natali Mendoza as their Playmaker. Natali is a graduate of their program and now serves as the first point of contact for all students and corpsmembers who enroll in the program. Since becoming a recruiter, she has improved and enhanced the organization’s ability to identify and connect with potential students, and was the originator of the Breaking Barriers Day concept.

“Natali imagines possibilites and an even greater future for SJCC&CS,” said Andrea Maes, director of development for SJCC&CS . “Her poise, communications skills and passion for helping youth in need of an opportunity are just a few of the qualities that make her successful.” 

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.