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 44th 50 Fund Playmaker is the San Jose Grail Family Services, whose mission is to strengthen family capacity to support young children’s positive educational outcomes and to build a thriving community. GFS wants to recognize Veronica Goei, Executive Director, as their Playmaker. Over the past 16 years, Goei has worked to expand the client base from a starting point of zero to the more than 2000 families GFS now serves annually. Under her leadership, GFS has developed expertise in parenting, early childhood literacy, oral language development, and family engagement.

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Our 43rd 50 Fund Playmaker is the Jefferson Awards Foundation, who mission is to build a culture of service across the country. 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.

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Our 42nd 50 Fund Playmaker is JobTrain, whose mission is to improve the lives of people in our community through assessment, attitude and job skills training, and high potential career placement.JobTrain selected Rosalyn “Roz” Thomas, who has been a volunteer and champion for JobTrain for more than 7 years on computer training. After seeing the effectiveness of JobTrain’s training programs, she gave students first-hand experience through internships in their field of training, and then advocated for a paid internship program at TE Connectivity where she works.

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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.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.

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Our 40th 50 Fund Playmaker is the San Jose Conservation Corps & Charter School (SJCC&CS).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.

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Our 39th 50 Fund Playmaker is Loco Bloco, which was founded by artists and activists of color in the traditions of the Afro-Blocos of Brazil. Loco Bloco have recognized Sabrina Yerena as their Playmaker and our third Rookie Playmaker because she embodies their core values of youth leadership, activism, education and grit. After enrolling for summer programming with the desire to learn how to dance, Sabrina continued through their Youth Apprentice program, and participated in leadership and arts education training. 

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