playmakers

50 Weeks. 50 Grants. 50 Playmakers
The 50 Fund’s Playmakers program recognized the herculean efforts of community-based Bay Area nonprofits and the people who make those impacts possible.
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Our 50th 50 Fund Playmaker is United Playaz, a San Francisco-based youth violence prevention and youth development organization
United Playaz wants to recognize founder Rudy Corpuz Jr., who has worked tirelessly to end youth violence in SoMa since 1994.  Corpuz “chose to make a lot of bad choices” growing up, and found himself in and out of jail due to incidents related to gangs, drugs and violence in the early ‘90s. After his last release in 1993, Corpuz decided to make a life change, and has been focused on keeping young people off the streets ever since.

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Our 49th 50 Fund Playmaker is the Hamilton Family Center, whose mission is to end family homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area. HFC’s programs help families regain their housing quickly to restore the foundation for healthy lives. HFC wants to recognize Executive Director Jeff Kositsky, who has worked tirelessly to turn the tide on the issue of family homelessness in the Bay Area. Jeff designed a solution to this problem in HFC’s Project Every Child, and has spearheaded two new, groundbreaking and critical partnerships to achieve the project’s goals.

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Our 48th 50 Fund Playmaker is the Vietnamese Youth Development Center (VYDC).VYDC’s mission is to empower underserved Asian-Pacific Islander and urban youth with the knowledge and confidence to define their future and to reach their full potential by developing leadership skills, supporting academics, providing job opportunities and strengthening relationships with family and community. YYCD recognized Judy Young, who started as a youth of VYDC services and is now the Executive Director.

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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. We develop and promote leadership skills that empower families to build strong, healthy, and vibrant neighborhoods.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.

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Our 46th 50 Fund Playmaker is the Child Parent Institute (CPI), a parent education and children’s mental health agency, serving families throughout Sonoma County since 1978. CPI has  recognized Mental Health Program Coordinator Lisa Manthe, who is an artist, therapist, researcher, and teacher who devotes her energy to helping low-income youth with mental health challenges to move beyond their early adversity and trauma. She has been with New Directions for 22 years. A Board Certified Art Therapist, Lisa counsels students individually, leads weekly art therapy groups, and supervises three therapists-in-training. Not only does Lisa work at the center, but she has also provided art therapy for more than six other Bay Area foundations.

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Our 45th 50 Fund Playmaker is the Third Street Community Center, whose mission is to help underserved children and youth succeed academically and thrive socially through education, arts, technology, and service. The Third Street Community Center is recognizing 15 year-old Jazmin Chavez as their 50 Fund Rookie Playmaker, who is a former program participant and current volunteer. After coming to the program in 2007 as a second grader, Jazmin is now the center’s youth volunteer coordinator and the person they turn to when they need to recruit youth for special program opportunities. Jazmin is now an honor student with aspirations to attend Stanford University.

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