In December, the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (SLI) was honored with California’s highest educational honor, the Golden Bell Award. Representatives from the founding partners of the SLI program attended the awards ceremony, including Dr. John York, owner of the 49ers; Lisa Andrew, CEO of Silicon Valley Education Foundation; and Santa Clara Unified School District Superintendent Kemp.

At the ceremony, California School Boards Association CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy said, “Now more than ever is a time to acknowledge and celebrate innovative and impactful programs that make a difference in the lives of our young people. This year’s Golden Bell winners truly serve as beacons of success as we work to more fully and equitably serve all of California’s public school students.”

“The Golden Bell Award is a testament to the excellence of our program and the achievements of our 49ers STEM Leadership Institute students and teachers,” said SVEF’s Lisa Andrew. 49ers owner Dr. John York said of the SLI students, “These future leaders are the next generation of innovators and thinkers and I could not be more proud of each and every one of them.”

Superintendent Kemp chimed in with “Our school district’s mission is to prepare all students for success in this ever-changing world and the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute at Cabrillo Middle School and Santa Clara High School allows us to provide students interested in STEM careers with a rigorous program to better connect and prepare them for that future.”

For more details, please read the 49ers’s post about the award and event here: 49ers STEM Leadership Institute Recognized with Distinguished California Education Honor


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