Peacemakers Recognizes Youth-focused Organizations

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The organizations spotlighted this year by Peacemakers Inc. were Rainin 3zz, a West Oakland-based AAU girls Basketball team coached By Darren Vance and represented by 13-year-old McClymonds scholar-athlete J’Mya Martinez.

Also honored were Civic Pride, founded by former Oakland School Board Member Carol Tolbert; and ‘A Pitch to Success, The Mike Norris School of Baseball Wellness, founded by Executive Director former Oakland A’s pitching ace Mike Norris. The keynote speaker was District 3 Councilmember Lynette McElhaney.

The event was held at Everett & Jones and featured entertainment by the Westlake Middle School jazz ensemble and the Destiny Muhammad Jazz Trio. The event was Hosted By Peacemakers Inc., is a non-profit founded in 2000 by Hank Roberts. The event was organized by Peacemakers Director of Development and former Oakland business owner John Ivey.

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