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Santa Clara County Youth Task Force (YTF) Commission

The Santa Clara County Youth Task Force (YTF) is a County Commission composed of young people, grades 8th through 12th, and serves as the official youth policy body to Santa Clara County. YTF strives to improve children’s lives by analyzing policies and programs that impact children and youth in Santa Clara County, providing informed advice to local policy-makers and supporting community service activities throughout the county. The purpose of the YTF is to ensure youth have representation in policy decision-making.

WHO CAN APPLY?  Students grades 8th through 12th, and who reside and attend school in Santa Clara County, and are appointed by their Board of Supervisor Representative.  YTF members are non-paid volunteers working with county officials, community leaders, community based organizations and others.

There are 16 YTF members representing the following constituencies:

  • 2 from each of the five Supervisor Districts (selected by the Supervisor representing that district)
  • 6 additional “at large” members

Time Commitment and General Responsibilities: Approximately 15 to 20 hours per month:

  • Participate in an Orientation/Team Building training at the beginning of each school year.
  • Attend bi-monthly, regularly scheduled meetings.  Youth Task Force meetings are held from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. every other Tuesday of the month.  Meetings are open to the public.
  •  Plan the Agenda and Co-chair at least one YTF meeting during the course of the year.
  • Meet once a month with the Supervisor or Supervisor staff representative from your district.
  • Attend Board of Supervisor meetings and committee meetings when issues pertinent to the YTF are discussed.
  • Preparation and research: conducting research to inform recommendations from the YTF.
  • Seek the opinions, thoughts, and ideas from other youth in the community to inform YTF recommendations.
  • Participate in at least 3 community service activities over the course of the year.
  • Attend other community events and activities representing the YTF as needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities of YTF Members:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to all children and youth in Santa Clara County and a high value for the diversity of the youth of our community.
  • Willingness to respectfully handle conflict and constructively seek solutions when disagreement arises.
  • Strong communication skills (public speaking skills a must)
  • Willingness to work in youth-adult partnerships and ensure that both youth and adults feel valued and respected.
  • Willing to take initiative, is responsible and has a positive attitude.
  • Is punctual, organized and has good time management skills.
  •  Ability to contribute to the team and to hold themselves and others accountable.
  • Openness to explore specific problems and issues, service needs, perspectives and lifestyle patterns affecting youth groups and youth in general.

If interested, please complete and submit the following online application.

For further information, please contact Mario Lopez via email at Mario.lopez@bos.sccgov.org or by phone at 408-299-5030.

APPLY NOW!

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Youth Auditions for Cinderella!

YOUNG CINDERELLA (possibly dance), female (age 4 – 8)
Younger version of Cinderella after mother has just died. Young Cinderella seeks comfort from her father and they share a special dance together.

GRANDDAUGHTERS, female (age 8 – 13)
Two young sisters who are consistently fighting with each other.

PAGE, male (age 8 – 15)
Precocious, smart, and witty male child that thinks on his feet. He works at the Palace, and looks up the Prince, but has a habit of telling the truth at the wrong time.
Date
Auditions: Saturday, September 12th from 12pm to 3pm
Callbacks: Monday, September 14th from 6pm to 8:30pm

Location
African-American Art & Culture Complex
762 Fulton Street (cross at Webster) in San Francisco

How to dress: Auditions will include a physical group warm-up and exercise. Please dress your child in comfortable clothing appropriate to move.
Acting Preparation: Prepare a monologue or tell a fairytale
Vocal Preparation: If your child sings please ask them to prepare 16 bars to sing without music
Format of Audition: Group auditions; time slots 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, or 3pm. Be prepared to stay for one hour

How we evaluate:
We are seeking for the youths to be creative, open, take direction, and the ability to project vocally.

Register for an audition time on our Audition web page.

FREE BLOOD PRESSURE TESTING

              The Health Ministry of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, whose

Senior Pastor is the Rev. Anthony L. Hughes, will again offer its free and anonymous

BP Testing on Sunday, July 26th, 2015, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm as it does every

fourth Sunday. The church’s address is 2024 Ashby Avenue (at Adeline across from

Ashby BART station) in Berkeley.

This event is wheel chair accessible and children, with a parent or guardian present, can also be screened.

For more information, contact The Health Ministry at 510.495.5560 or call the Church office at 510.848.2050.

CSU – SUMMER ALGEBRA INSTITUTE

(6th to 8 grade and 9th graders needed remedial help to graduate)
Maranatha Christian Center – Outreach Center, 1811 S. 7th Street, San Jose, CA 95112
8:00 am – 4:30pm
June 29, 2015 – July 31, 2015

Church phone (408) 280.PRAY or call
Linda Scott (510) 220-1492, Virginia Jones (408) 332-3208, Haves Streeter (510) 355.4941 and Stephanie Menzies (408) 420-1075

Download Application Form

Please leave your condolences to the family by commenting on this page.

OWEN VANRIE GRAHAM (“OG” ), one of Northern California Cricket’s most beloved figures, passed away on Saturday at the age of 48. Known to most people as “OG”, he was a hugely influential youth coach in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Funeral services are scheduled for Sunday, June 7th, 2015 in Seafort Town, Westmoreland, Jamaica. He is survived by his 21 year old daughter Adria, and 10 year old son Oshain.

More on Owen Graham

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The Greene Scholars Program is pleased to offer three one-week STEM Institutes for high-achieving Bay Area elementary, middle and high school students looking for a unique summer experience.

The SSI Elementary school and Middle school tracks will be at Texas Instruments , Santa Clara; the High School track will be at Cisco Systems, San Jose. The primary focus is to provide hands-on engineering and science mini-workshops.

During these week-long explorations, the students will engage in classroom discussions of real world applications of engineering and scientific principles. Science/engineering professionals will facilitate the week-long institutes. Students will spend over 25 hours designing and analyzing solutions and broadening their understanding of careers available in science, engineering, technology, computer science and related fields. Be prepared to be engaged and have fun!

Register your child today for $325 per seat. Use code 2015NGSP. The code is required to enroll your student. Classes are filling up quickly so act today.

CAAAE is the parent organization of the Greenes Scholars Program. For detailed program information and insight about our admission process, please visit www.greenescholars.org.

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Through this fellowship, we bring together teachers from across the city to “learn, think, and lead” on the future of Oakland education.

If you’re a teacher, you can learn more about the fellowship and apply today – applications are due at 11:59pm on May 5th, 2015. If not, you can still let us know about a teacher that would make a great Policy Fellow.

Nationally, statewide, or right here in Oakland, there’s a lot going on in education policy. We started this fellowship because we believe that the voices of real classroom teachers are irreplaceable in the policy conversation about how to provide an exceptional education for all students. Fellows engage with experts from across the state about pressing policy issues in Oakland.

Check out our website for more information on the fellowship. If you know some great teachers, I hope you’ll forward this message or drop us a recommendation here.

For more information:
Visit our website or email;
Marc Tafolla (Policy Director) marc@gopublicschools.org
Jack Holzman (Program Manager) jack@gopublicschools.org

Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson says the Ministry of Health has established several areas of public/private partnership aimed at improving access to quality and affordable health services.

Dr. Ferguson was speaking recently at the dedication ceremony of the new CT Scan machine and opening of additional rooms at Hargeaves hospital in Mandeville, Manchester.

He said as part of this the Ministry recently signed an agreement with Radiation Oncology Centre of Jamaica to provide radiation treatment for cancer patients who have been on the waiting list at the Kingston Public Hospital, the Bustamante Hospital for Children and the Cornwall Regional Hospital.

“The agreement will see these patients receiving faster radiation treatment services at no cost to them while we await the procurement and installation of the Government’s Linear Accelerator (LINAC) machines – the same types being used by ROCJ – so that we can begin to facilitate this type of treatment for several more patients,” Dr. Ferguson said.

Dr. Ferguson added that another agreement is in place with a company that offers diagnostic services.

“We also have an agreement with Erin Radiology and its affiliate KRIS Radiology which will see an increase in access to diagnostics services to users of the public health system to ensure that patients receive these services smoothly and at no cost to them. This is an example of a best practice public/private partnership in which the Government will pay reduced costs on behalf of patients in the event that our equipment is down and we are not able to provide these diagnostic services,” he explained.

He said these measures are being taken to provide Jamaicans with a quality of choice in the public health sector while we continue to work with our private sector partners to ensure that health care services are available to all.

Manager, Public Relations & Communication
Ministry of Health
smiths@moh.gov.jm

SANTA CLARA COUNTY ALLIANCE OF BLACK SCHOOL EDUCATORS
P.O. Box 731218, San Jose, CA 95173-1218

Valuing Education . . .
Help us celebrate 26 years of recognizing deserving youth.

You are invited to nominate African-American students and adults to be recognized at the 26th annual SCCABE Student Recognition Event. This will be a special event for our community, but we need your assistance. Our program theme is: Valuing Education During Challenging Times.

Please see attachment or website for a description of the award categories. The awards ceremony will be held at Morris Dailey Auditorium on the San Jose State University campus, on May 3, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please complete your nominations by March 20, 2015.

We encourage you to submit your application on-line at:

http://www.sccabe.org/

Please call (408) 347-2501
or send email to sccabe2014@gmail.com with
questions or comments.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson has instructed the Southeast Regional Health Authority to ensure that mechanisms are in place to respond to persons who are adversely affected by the emissions from the Riverton City Dump at this time. The Minister has also instructed that appropriate clinics remain open on Saturday and Sunday to facilitate persons affected.

The environmental health unit is taking samples of the air in the vicinity to determine the chemical contents and is working with the Bureau of Standards and National Environment and Planning Agency to provide results in the shortest possible time. These may be available as early as Saturday.

The Ministry is taking the necessary regulatory steps to ensure the relevant agencies take the appropriate actions to make sure the fire is brought under control in the shortest possible time and is working with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management and all other relevant stakeholders to facilitate a coordinated approach.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse is advising persons who suffer from asthma and other respiratory illnesses to cover mouth and nose with a clean damp rag to protect themselves from inhalation of smoke and dust particles arising from the fire at the Riverton City Landfill.

Parents and guardians are being reminded to pay special attention to young children especially those who are asthmatic and suffer from other respiratory illnesses. Keep children indoors as much as possible, keep windows and doors closed to prevent exposure to smoke and dust and look out for any difficulty in breathing or any discomfort that your child may experience.

The Ministry of Health continues to monitor very closely the smog and smoke that is currently affecting Kingston and St. Andrew and parts of St. Catherine as a result of the emissions from the fire at the Riverton City Dump.

Ruth Lodge
Secretary
Public Relations & Communication
Ministry of Health

Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson this morning toured the Glen Vincent Health Centre which is one of several opened this weekend to facilitate persons affected by the smog, smoke and other emissions from the fire at the Riverton City Disposal Site. The Minister was accompanied by the Chairman of the Board of the South East Regional Health Authority, Dr. Andrei Cooke and Regional Director, Maureen Golding.

There was an increase in patient visits at several facilities this week with persons complaining of respiratory illness. Dr. Ferguson therefore instructed that some Health Centres in the South East Regional Health Authority be opened this weekend. However, based on the turnout today and the fact that the facilities are able to cope with the current patient visits, only two Health Centres will be opened tomorrow. They are the St. Jago Park Health Centre in St. Catherine and the Glen Vincent Health Centre in St. Andrew.

“There were a few persons seeking care at the facility this morning but it was not overwhelmed. The Glen Vincent Health Centre is one of those which will alleviate the pressure on the Bustamante Hospital for Children in particular in this time when it seems more persons than usual are seeking care for respiratory related conditions,” Dr. Ferguson said.

The Ministry of Health National Emergency Operations Centre remains open to direct and coordinate activities.

Stephanie Shaw Smith
Manager, Public Relations & Communication
Ministry of Health

A High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) machine valuing over US$80,000 was handed over to the Ministry of Health by the Pan American Health Organization ( PAHO) to facilitate more newborns being screened for Sickle Cell Disease. The Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, said “Under the National Strategic and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non Communicable Diseases in Jamaica 2013 – 2018, the Ministry’s target is to achieve screening for all pregnant women and newborns for sickle cell disease by 2016” .

Dr. Ferguson was speaking at a Handover Ceremony on Wednesday, March 11, at the Tropical Medicine Research Institute (TMRI). The Minister explained that “early diagnosis of sickle cell disease will result in the reduction of mortality for persons born with the disease. The HPLC machine will therefore assist Jamaica in achieving Millenium Development Goal 4 which speaks to the reduction of child mortality”.

The Sickle Cell Unit at TMRI will house and utilize the HPLC machine. The Minister lauded the staff for the work they have been doing in advancing the sickle cell disease health programme.

The donation of the HPLC was made possible by a technical cooperation project established by PAHO and the Governments of Jamaica and Brazil. It is only one of many deliverables that are to come from this project which is being funded to the tune of US $200,000.

Ruth Lodge
Secretary
Public Relations & Communication
Ministry of Health

The Greene Scholars Program is seeking assistance from the extended community to provide mentoring through a mock interview process. 132 GSP Scholars are coming prepared with their resumes to meet with Bay Area professionals to discuss their pursuit of 21st century career opportunities. We would like to introduce our students to members of the professional community that align with their area of interest, in hopes that these relationships will provide powerful inspiration and meaningful insight. Networking in other terms.

Each 3rd-12th grade Scholar will participate in a 20-25 minute mock career interview which provides semi-formal interview experience, plus allows them to discuss their passion and deepen their understanding of what it takes to be successful in their field of interest. This will also be your opportunity to have a dialogue with our scholars and share information about your profession, how you prepared for your career and any words of wisdom that you can impart to them. We would like this to be a food for thought moment, where the Scholars gain a better understanding on and what they need to do to help prepare for that field/degree program.

If you are personally in the position to help or know of someone who might be interested, please contact us for more information about specific areas of interest. This is a maximum of a three hour commitment, but your impact on the lives of these students could be priceless. As the date is quickly approaching, please register as soon as possible.

“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle”.

Don’t underestimate the value of sharing your wisdom with our youth. We all have something to contribute. Our youth desperately need us and they need to see that we care.

Register Now!

Need More Information

Contact Regina Maloof, Career Fair Chairperson at the email or phone number below.

Greene Scholars Program (GSP)
sf2011@greenescholars.org

(510) 501-5117

Sponsored by the California Alliance of African American Educators

Presented in partnership with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, Eta Sigma Lambda Chapter, the Rites of Passage program is designed to lead African American teenage boys socially and spiritually into manhood: a status of responsibility, earned rights and privileges with corresponding duties and obligations to society. The program is for boys age 14-17 years old. Read on …

ROP Brochure 2012a.pdf
ROP Graduation Newsletter.pdf
ROPNewsletter-Vol2.pdf

Additional Rites of Passage information and registration forms may be found at the following link;
http://www.oriki.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=44&Itemid=29

Selma
Calling all high school students: Martin Luther King, Jr. used his words to change history. How will you use yours? To participate, go to LibertyMuseumSelmaContest.org. Grand prize: $5,000! Contest timeline: December 25, 2014 – January 30, 2015.

Who Can Participate?
The National Liberty Museum’s Selma Speech & Essay Contest is open to US High School students ages 14-18 (as of the January 30 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories. After viewing Paramount Pictures film SELMA, contestants will respond to the Contest topic with an original 500-700 word essay and videotaped speech reading of their essay. For rules: libertymuseumselmacontest.org/rules

It all started with a speech:
At the age of 15, a young Martin Luther King, Jr. entered a high school public speaking competition with his submission called, “The Negro and the Constitution.” He was in his junior year, and he won the competition. On the bus ride home, young King and his three companions were told to give up their seats to a white couple who had just boarded the bus, and they stood for several hours on their way back to Atlanta.

It has been widely written that the high school speech Dr. King wrote inspired his “I Have a Dream” oration, since all of the concepts in his competition submission were encapsulated into the historic 1963 speech. There are striking parallels between the two writings. That is the power of words.

Selma Speech & Essay Contest Topic:
“The movie Selma tells the story of how Martin Luther King, Jr. and others peacefully protested to advance voting rights. What do you think needs to be done today to protect individual freedom and self-determination (voting rights)? What are you doing or will you do to peacefully advance those rights?”

Contest Prizes:
• One grand prize: $5,000
• First runner up: $2,500
• Second runner up: $1,000
• Seven honorable mentions: $500 each
• $300 cash prize for each teacher/mentor who sponsors a top 10 finalist

Contest Timeline:
• December 25, 2014, 12:01am EST: Official Opening of Selma Contest & limited release of Selma film
• January 9, 2015: Wide release in theaters of Selma film
• January 30, 2015, 11:59pm EST : DEADLINE for submissions
• March 2015 Winners notified
• April 20-22, 2015 Award Ceremony held in Philadelphia, PA

The Selma Speech & Essay Contest is made possible through a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and in-kind support of Paramount Pictures.

The Harker School is a coeducational, independent, college preparatory day school serving students in kindergarten through grade 12, as well as early learners in our preschool. Our goal is to develop lifelong learners and well-rounded global citizens. We are currently seeking a Network Administrator. This is an entry level part time position scheduled to work
20 hours per week. Hourly rate is commensurate with experience.

Qualified candidates must have excellent communication skills and the ability to work with minimal supervision. Experience working with various iterations of MS Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012 and managing a Microsoft Active Directory domain is desirable. In addition, qualified candidates must be well organized, detail oriented and able to successfully prioritize, meet deadlines and willing to work overtime and weekends as needed.
Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
– Performing file share administration
– Installing new / rebuild existing, physical and virtual, MS servers and configuring hardware, peripherals, services, settings, directories, storage, etc. in accordance with standards and project/operational requirements.
– Developing, maintaining and documenting all installation and configuration procedures.
– Performing daily system monitoring, verifying the integrity and availability of all hardware, server resources, systems and key processes.
– Reviewing system and application logs and verifying completion of scheduled jobs such as backups and system-level patching.
– Perform daily backup operations, ensure all required file systems and system data are successfully backed up.
– Provide day-to-day support for a Microsoft Windows Server and Active Directory infrastructure. This includes creating, changing, and deleting user accounts per request.
– Participating in patch management and security administration for Microsoft Windows servers.
– Maintaining Cisco IP phone system and POTS faxes.
– Supporting wireless infrastructure including client troubleshooting.
– Cabling installations as needed.

Interested candidates should submit their resume to jobs@harker.org with “Network Administrator L1” in the subject line. Please provide your desired hourly rate.

Thank you to the members of the Jamaican American Association of Northern California, members of the National Naval Officers Association, The Jamaica Land We Love (JALAWELO) Organization, Friends and Family who over the years have supported me in my work with the Bois Content Primary School. Earlier this month, the school celebrated 60 years. Please see link to print media coverage. I was unable to attend the awards banquet but my mother Daisy McCalla accepted the award on my behalf.

JAANC partnered with JALAWELO beginning last summer and we fund raised enough funds to build a partition at the school and purchase a computer for the Principal’s office. The computers were delivered a few weeks ago. Next month JALAWELO will begin training of the teachers on how to use the computer and various software. JAANC members, Diana & Peter Harrison have also actively participated in this project providing their Information Technology (IT) expertise. On their own time and funding, Diana and Peter drove to Bois Content and completed a site visit in June that was very helpful in assessing the IT capabilities of staff and equipment.

Thank you all. “Together we can achieve the extraordinary”.

Denise J. McCallaCreary
President/CEO

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), launched the Mapping Jamaica’s Diaspora Project on Tuesday, 10th June 2014, in Kingston. Similar launches have taken place in the United Kingdom and Canada, with plans afoot to carry out launches throughout the United States of America and in other locations where it is feasible to do so. Latin America and the Caribbean are key targets in this effort.

The Project, which will take place over an eighteen (18) month period, will be facilitated by way of an online survey tool housed on the following website: www.mapjadiaspora.iom.int. Following the completion of the Project, a database of Jamaicans overseas, their location, skills and interests, will be created. It is hoped that the completion of the survey by members of the Jamaican Diaspora, will enable the Government of Jamaica to more effectively engage these members of the extended Jamaican family.

Please note that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has advised that as at 10th July 2014, there have been One Hundred and Fifty (150) respondents to the Project’s General Survey, with respondents hailing from Malawi, South Africa, Australia and Europe among other locations. There were a total of two (2) responses to the Group Survey as of the same date. The aim is to have at least 100,000 persons completing the survey by the end of the eighteen (18) month period which began in December 2013.

bpackIn an effort to prepare students in Jamaica for the new academic year, we’re happy to announce our Operation Backpack Drive. The Operation Backpack Drive is a charitable initiative where people donate backpacks and school supplies to needy Jamaican children. Since the backpack project was launched in 2010, we have distributed over 5,000 backpacks to children in Jamaica. This initiative seeks your help as we continue to make positive contributions to the educational development of the most vulnerable members of our communities, our children. We request financial support and in-kind donations to meet our goal.Backpacks and school supplies will be distributed to children in Jamaica on August 19, 2014. Locations will be selected and announced at a later date.

Checks or Money Orders Are Accepted: Make Payable To:

Professional Jamaicans for Jamaica, Inc.
25 Cartright Street, Suite 5D
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Jamaica Day is a flagship project of the Culture In Education Programme (CIEP), of the
Ministry of Education and enjoys Official Proclamation by the Governor General of
Jamaica. Read the Jamaica Day announcements at this link.

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You are invited to attend:

13th Annual Jamaica Awareness Celebrity Golf Classic

Monday, March 10, 2014 from 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
The Jamaica Awareness Association of California brings you a day of golf for a good cause. For $250, a single player will enjoy a full day of golf, snacks and on-course beverages, an Awards Dinner, and a Gift Bag at the wonderful Mountain Gate Country Club. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with tee time at 11:00 a.m. and the Awards Banquet at 5:00 p.m.

HOLE IN ONE SPONSORED BY MERCEDES BENZ OF BEVERLY HILLS

Sponsorship Opportunities

Tournament Sponsor: 2 Golf Foursomes, Tournament Sponsor Recognition in all media and signage, Program Recognition, Logo prominently displayed on Tournament Banner, Special Appreciation Gift, Opportunity to place items in JAAC Gift Bag, Tee Signage at 2 Signature Holes, 4×5 Tournament Sponsor Banner, Awards Dinner for 8 golfers + 8 guests, Two Tickets to our 28th Annual Banquet, and a one-page add in the Banquet Program Book – $5,000

Executive Sponsor: 1 Golf Foursome, Recognition in all media and signage, Program Recognition, Logo on Tournament Banner, Special Appreciation Gift, Opportunity to place items in JAAC Gift Bag, Tee Box Signage, Awards Dinner for 4 golfers + 4 guests – $3,000

Platinum Sponsor: Includes 4 golfers, Tee signage, 4 additional dinners for spouses or Business Associates, Named on Tournament Banner, tournament advertising within the JAAC Program Recognition – $2,000

Gold Sponsor: Includes 3 golfers, Tee signage, Named on Tournament advertising within the JAAC Program Recognition – $1,500

Silver Sponsor: Includes 2 golfers, Tee signage, Named on Tournament advertising within the JAAC Program Recognition – $1,000

Optional Packages – Available to both Playing and Non-Playing Individuals & Companies

Dinner Sponsor: 3×5 separate banner, Logo on Tournament Banner, Program Recognition – $2,000

Trophy Sponsor: Logo on Tournament Banner, Program Recognition – $500

Beverage Sponsor: Logo on Tournament Banner, Program Recognition – $400

Tee Signage: Sign Recognition at one Tee Box, Program Recognition – $100

** Registration and payment information can also be sent to JAAC at P.O. Box 351769, Los Angeles, CA 90035**