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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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This week’s Playmaker is Joi Jackson-Morgan, 3rd Street Youth Center & Clinic‘s clinic coordinator, who is driven by her desire to connect youth to care they need in any way she can. Having grown up in Bayview, Joi’s most important contribution to 3rd Street is her ability to combine insight into the history of the neighborhood with her formal education in public health and her professional experience.”We firmly believe that Joi’s position is the key to the health of many of the youth who pass through our doors,” said Ayanna Bennett, director of 3rd Street.

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Our 31st 50 Fund Playmaker is the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center and Angel VanStark. Like many LGBT youth, Angel found that his family was unable to accept him and he felt forced to leave his home. He received the resources he needed at the Center and life-changing support. He joined the first Center Youth Council and led the establishment of a dedicated Queer Youth Space at the Center. Today, he serves on the Center’s Board of Directors and was appointed to the City of San Francisco’s Youth Commission. 

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Our 30th 50 Fund Playmaker is the Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement (PJC). PJC is focused on providing arts and culture, health and wellness and youth development programs and services to more than 12,000 children and families in West Oakland. PJC recognized Dr. Washington Burns as their Playmaker, who has served as the volunteer Executive Director of PJC since 1998. A West Oakland native and retired Clinical Physician, Dr. Burns has dedicated his life to ensuring underserved families receive quality health and wellness services.

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Our 29th 50 Fund Playmaker is Covenant House California, which focuses on homeless youth ages 18 to 24 and provides them with safe, stable and free homes to help meet their basic needs and much more. Covenant House recognized Sean Sullivan as their Playmaker. Through Sean’s community building and fundraising efforts the Covenant House facility in Oakland became a permanent presence. “Every night, this building now houses 30 or more homeless youth; we have emergency shelter and transitional living beds,” said Lin Conner, Grants Manager for Covenant House. 

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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. ASAP recognized Executive Director Liz Butler Steyer as their Playmaker for her work as an advocate of at-risk youth throughout her career.

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Our 27th Playmaker is the San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (SFCASA). SFCASA recognized Eric Lukoff as their Playmaker. After completing his 40-hour intensive training as a CASA volunteer, Eric was matched with a foster youth and assumed not only supporting his education-related decisions in the absence of another responsible adult, but also created an environment of improved communication between the many professionals working with this young man.

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