Five Bay Area Leaders Win Awards For Community Impact

Bishop Yvette A. Flunder

Gonzalo Rucobo

John Santos

Jordan Simmons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Bay Area leaders are being honored for their outstanding impact in rhe Bay Area communities. On Tuesday, September 27, 2011, The San Francisco Foundation’s 2011 Community Leadership Award winner, Bishop Yvette A. Flunder, Gonzalo Rucobo, Jordan Simmons, John Santos, and Ravenswood Family Health Center, will be honored for their outstanding contributions to the Bay Area community at the Herbst Theatre, in the War Memorial Veterans Building in San Francisco.
 The four individual winners will receive $10,000 each, and the organizational winner will receive $20,000. During this celebration, the 2011 Koshland Young Leader Awards will also be presented to eight college-bound San Francisco public high school students. Each will receive an award of $7,000 in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement and overcoming incredible odds.
Honoree Bishop Yvette A. Flunder, is the founder and director of Ark of Refuge, was honored for courageously addressing the issues of HIV/AIDS prevention, response, and care within the African American faith community. As a pastor, scholar, teacher, and activist, she has united gospel and social ministries to create unique programs that improve the quality of life of some of the most marginalized in our community.
Honoree Gonzalo Rucobo, co-founder and executive director of Bay Area Peacekeepers, was honored for helping former gang members reach their potential and successfully contribute to society. By intervening with gang-affiliated communities in the East Bay, he helps channel grief and anger into activism, creating positive alternatives to violence.
Honoree John Santos, musician and cultural activist, was honored for making music that transcends cultural barriers and serves as a tool for social justice. As an educator, scholar, performer, and composer, he celebrates and promotes Latin music and understands that art has the power to inform and nurture.
Honoree Jordan Simmons, artistic director of the East Bay Center for Performing Arts, was honored for building a better future for young adults through music and cultural programs. As a musician and arts administrator, he has changed the lives of thousands of people in Richmond’s Iron Triangle through rigorous artistic training, school-based outreach, and performances of traditional and original work.
And Ravenswood Family Health Center, was honored for providing high quality, cost-effective healthcare to southeast San Mateo County, and for advocating for the need to address health disparities and inequities. Through its innovative health education programs and Health Navigators outreach, Ravenswood serves as a model for tackling complex community health issues locally and nationally.
During this celebration, the 2011 Koshland Young Leader Awards will also be presented to eight college-bound San Francisco public high school students. Each will receive an award of $7,000 in recognition of their outstanding achievement in overcoming profound challenges.