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Funded by the 49ers Foundation, Chevron and other collaborative partners, through a six-year program, the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute’s Chevron STEMZONE takes academically talented students and provide tools for them to be outstanding.  The Institute prepares them to engage in scientific research, impactful community-changing projects, or become entrepreneurs – putting them on the path to enroll in a top-tier university with a STEM major.  Much like a football coach identifies athletes based on potential to succeed and their ability to be coached and molded into a football player, the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute identifies students who show the potential to succeed academically and who, with a little guidance and resources, can truly excel and grow into being a leader in STEM.  Students commit to the STEM leadership program and participate in program-related classes during the school day, afterschool and during the summer.  This includes academic services and leadership development to prepare them for admission to top-tier universities and STEM majors. The program focuses on four main areas: 1) academic excellence, 2) leadership development, 3) task commitment (through increased risk-taking, determination, and initiative), and 4) creativity (through development of curiosity and imagination).  Housed at Cabrillo Middle School in Santa Clara, each year, the middle school Institute program will recruit rising 7th grade students from Santa Clara Unified School District who show academic promise or who are highly motivated to succeed. In 2016, the program will expand to Santa Clara High School where a four year program will be integrated into a state-of-the-art Chevron STEMZONE.  Core features of the program include a robust hands-on learning component to solve real-world problems.  Through the education Chevron STEMZONE fabrication lab (or “Makerspace”), students have the opportunity to explore, discover, build, and engineer their own projects.  Students compete in local and national STEM competitions, such as the Tech Challenge and various robotics competitions. Students have role models and mentors to guide them in their growth.  In high school, students will have the opportunity to shadow mentors and participate in internships and fellowships at research institutions or in companies with a strong STEM component.

49ers Academy

The 49ers Academy was founded in 1996 to serve 6th, 7th and 8th grade students from East Palo Alto by working directly with the most disenfranchised student population, and identifying and removing barriers to their success in school and life. Defined by educational excellence, the 49ers Academy maximizes the potential of every student by emphasizing self-discipline, respect, and individualized academic attention to help them master core subjects and prepare for high school. Each year the San Francisco 49ers Foundation hosts various events to benefit the 49ers Academy, including the annual Pasta Bowl event which includes an evening of sponsors and generous supporters dining with their favorite 49ers players. To keep up with the 49ers Academy, visit http://www.49ers-academy.org/

FLY (Fresh Lifelines for Youth):

Fresh Lifelines for Youth or “FLY’s” mission is to prevent juvenile crime and incarceration through legal education, leadership training, and one-on-one mentoring. FLY’s programs inspire and empower youth in the juvenile justice system and at-risk youth to alter the trajectory of their lives by helping them identify, build upon, and re-direct their strengths. Over the last 10 years, FLY has helped nearly 10,000 marginalized and under-served youth gain the life skills and character needed to avoid the criminal justice system and transform into positive community leaders. For more information, please visit http://www.flyprogram.org

Silicon Valley Education Foundation

Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) is a non-profit resource and advocate for students, educators, and corporate and individual donors. Partnering with various corporations and organizations,  SVEF creates innovative academic programs which have proved to be a driving force in scholastic achievement in the critical areas of math and science. We are a catalyst for policy solutions in public education. Our mission is to make Silicon Valley the leader in academically prepared students. Learn more about SVEF at http://svefoundation.org/svefoundation/

BAWSI (Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative)

The Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI) is a public benefit, nonprofit corporation with a mission to create programs and partnerships through which female athletes bring health, hope and wholeness to our community. Founded in 2005 by Olympic and World Cup soccer stars Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy and Marlene Bjornsrud, former general manager of the San Jose CyberRays women’s professional soccer team, BAWSI provides a meaningful path for women athletes to become a more visible and valued part of the Bay Area sports culture. For more on BAWSI visit http://www.bawsi.org

Center for Youth Wellness

The Center for Youth Wellness is part of a national effort to revolutionize pediatric medicine, created to respond to an urgent public health issue: early adversity harms the developing brains and bodies of children. CYW is a health organization within a pediatric home that serves children and families in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco. For more information, visit http://www.centerforyouthwellness.org

City Year San Jose / Silicon Valley

City Year San Jose/ Silicon Valley uses near-peer mentors in the area’s most under-served schools to address specific areas that lead to students dropping out of school.  City Year helps close the gap between what students need to succeed and what schools are designed to provide. The organization’s approach to ensuring all youth are reaching their potential includes attendance monitoring and engagement, socio-emotional support through example and positive coaching and support in math and English by working closely with teachers to identify learning gaps and help differentiate instruction for students who need it most through one-on-one tutoring. To learn more, visit http://www.cityyear.org/sanjose

Other Organizations Supported by the 49ers Foundation Include:

After School All Stars
Aim High
Bayview Hunters Point YMCA
Eastside College Preparatory School
Family Violence Prevention Fund
Hedge Funds Care
Inn Vision Shelter Network
Mission City Community Fund
San Francisco Police Activities League
Santa Clara Police Athletic League
Santa Clara Schools Foundation
Silicon Valley FACES
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