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 eighth 50 Fund Playmaker grant goes to TeenForce. TeenForce recognized their founder and full-time volunteer CEO John Hogan as their Playmaker. Retired from a mortgage career in 2007, Hogan wrote the business plan for TeenForce while attending Santa Clara University to pursue his MBA. Since founding TeenForce in 2010, Hogan has recognized as a Champion of Change by the Obama Administration.

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Our seventh Playmaker Susan Angell founder of the Children’s Garden at the Sonoma Ecology Center, which provides children with hands-on learning and environmental education. The Sonoma Ecology Center will use its Playmaker grant to fund scholarships for low-income children to attend science and garden camps this summer, as well as provide more tools to expand the Children’s Garden. 

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Our sixth Playmaker is Community Youth Center (CYC) project director Eddy Zheng. Eddy is a community activist and organizer who has a passion for working with at-risk youth and youth involved in the justice system. CYC will use its Playmaker grant to fund the first Bayview Historic Bus Tour, which is designed to educate residents – especially the monolingual Chinese speaking population – about the history of the Bayview.

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Our fifth Playmaker is ALearn co-founder Julie Cates who helped to build ALearn’s 6th and 7th grade after-school and summer math programs in 15 different school districts from South San Jose to Redwood City.
Julie designed their Math Acceleration Program (MAP), which will be the beneficiary of the 50 Fund Playmaker grant and enable 900 middle-schoolers to increase their math proficiency.

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Our fourth Playmaker is Javier Ochoa Reyes, a young man whose hard work and dedication to serving his community.
Formerly a tutor as part of Richmond High’s program, Straight Talk on Prison program geared toward at-risk youth, Reyes began working with Groundwork Richmond to connect these local youth with opportunities to work on environmental initiatives in
Richmond.

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Our third Playmaker is Gino Pastori-Ng, an East Oakland native who co-founder the Youth HUB Fellowship Program at United Roots. After watching most of his peers drop out of school, Gino dedicated his life to uplifting his community and helping young people pursue pathways to self-sufficiency through entrepreneurship. He is a consistent, positive presence in the lives of the youth he serves and true playmaker in their lives.

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