49ers Open Applications for the Dr. Harry Edwards "Follow Your Bliss" Award Grant
The San Francisco 49ers Foundation and its award-winning 49ers EDU program announced that applications have opened for the Dr. Harry Edwards “Follow Your Bliss” Award grant. This year’s application will focus on highlighting teachers who have gone above and beyond in the face of COVID-19 and distance learning. The 49ers Foundation, Extra Yard for Teachers and Micron Technology, Inc. are excited to recognize the dedication and hard work of teachers that often go unnoticed.
The application for this year’s grants will put an emphasis on all that teachers have had to endure throughout the pandemic, and the winners we are seeking this year will have done that and also maintained the adherence to our most important criteria – inspiring youth via passion, connection to community and support both inside and outside of the classroom.
Each of the five awardees will receive a $5,000 stipend for in-classroom or digital materials and other necessary resources for the 2021 – 2022 academic year, mentorship from Dr. Edwards for the recipients and his or her fellow educators, and formal recognition at a virtual 49ers event with family and colleagues. The nomination/application window for the 2021 Dr. Harry Edwards Follow Your Bliss Award is now open. Click here for more information.
A Look Back: 49ers and Play Like A Girl
Since the 49ers launched their EDU program in 2014, players, coaches and 49ers front office staff have volunteered their time as guest teachers with the program helping students K-8 build 21st century skills and foundational STEAM knowledge to better prepare them as future leaders of their communities. The success of the EDU program led the 49ers to launch EDU Academy, an education consulting venture, in 2017 to carry forward the mission of 49ers EDU by working with like-minded organizations to help young students establish a stronger connection with STEAM through sport.
In 2019, EDU Academy announced a partnership with Play Like a Girl (PLAG) to introduce a STEAM education curriculum to PLAG female youth. PLAG is the only 501(c)3 charitable organization in the nation providing high-impact STEAM and sports programs to girls in a supportive environment. EDU Academy took PLAG through a strategic planning process to build a standard-aligned curriculum with a specific pedagogical focus on project-based learning and 21st century learning skills.
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Inside the Oval: Sofy Navarro, 49ers EDU Senior Manager
In the eleventh episode of "Inside the Oval" presented by Dignity Health, Sofy Navarro discussed the day-to-day responsibilities of her role, tips for setting up an at-home workspace, how coming from a family of educators influenced her career path, why she loves working with Dr. Harry Edwards on the Follow Your Bliss grants and her favorite memories as a member of the 49ers organization.
49ers EDU presented by Chevron leverages the game of football and Levi’s Stadium as platforms to excite children about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) concepts, sparking and fueling an interest in these subjects with students at an early age. 49ers EDU is steadfast in its commitment to serving students, teachers, and families—especially those furthest from resource and opportunity—to ensure our community's future workforce will be prepared through high quality and fun STEAM education.
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