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We express our sincere thanks and gratitude to all the Yours Humanly 2023 Break a Sweat for Education® 5K sponsors, participants, volunteers, and attendees. Thank you for making our 9th annual 5K a huge success!


We are grateful to Mt. Diablo Education Foundation for their partnership and support. Special thanks to MDUSD Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark for his participation and for speaking at the event, and to Bobby Khullar for once again emceeing with enthusiasm, and to the Northgate High School Madrigal choir and Ygnacio Valley High School Cheer Team for kicking off the event with music and good cheer!


Throughout the morning’s activities and the race itself, we captured fantastic images which can be found here. Chip timing was provided by Golden State Race Timing, and you can find 5K race results here.


The 2023 Yours Humanly Break a Sweat for Education® 5K Run & Walk and free Kids Fun Run will be held on Saturday, September 30, at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek, California. Funds raised by this popular family-friendly event support local and global programs of Yours Humanly, a Northern California-based nonprofit that provides children in need around the world access to quality education and equitable resources. Yours Humanly is partnering with Mt. Diablo Education Foundation, with part of the proceeds directly benefiting students and schools in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.


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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Adam Clark, Superintendent of Mt. Diablo Unified School District, (MDUSD, Contra Costa County, California), will be the guest speaker at our upcoming Break a Sweat for Education® 5K Run & Walk and Kids Fun Run fundraiser to be held September 30, at Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek, California. We express our sincere thanks and gratitude to Dr. Clark for his support.


Thirteen precious Yours Humanly scholars in Hinche, Haiti, have graduated kindergarten and have now started first grade. Through our Yours Humanly K-12 Scholarships program, we are supporting these young scholars’ education by covering the full costs of tuition, uniforms, mid-day meals, books, study materials, school supplies, and all other educational needs from placement through 12th grade graduation. This is an exciting time for our scholars! We’re thrilled to support them and we wish them the very best as they continue their educational journey!


In March 2023, Yours Humanly received a $213,000 grant from the City of Concord, California, to fund a comprehensive literacy project that will benefit more than 4,000 students across ten Concord elementary schools through the Yours Humanly Literacy Program.


Read the full press release here.


We are deeply grateful to the City of Concord, California, for its generous grant to Yours Humanly in the amount of $213,000. The funds will benefit more than 4,000 students across ten Concord elementary schools through the Yours Humanly Literacy Program.


While classrooms are considered homogeneous for grade level, they are heterogeneous for reading ability—that is, within a grade, students are at different points in their reading skills. To promote early literacy and grade level proficiency, Yours Humanly will provide picture books, chapter books, leveled reading books, and bilingual books for students and classrooms in need, and host on campus Family Literacy nights to encourage parent engagement and reading at home.


Our Yours Humanly 2023 Gift of Schooling Gala® was an amazing night of fun and fundraising! Thank you to those who attended and made the night so special with your presence and participation! For those who could not attend, you were missed, but we do recognize your contributions and support.


Deeply grateful to all our sponsors who made this event possible. A special thanks and shout out to Miss California Catherine Liang, who did a fabulous job as our emcee, and to guest speaker John Sasaki, Communications Director, Oakland Unified School District, for sharing his kind thoughts about our partnership with the District on behalf of students in need.


Photos of our remarkable evening are available for viewing here and on our Facebook page. Please share these images with family, friends, and colleagues through your social media channels using the hashtag #GiftOfSchoolingGala and tagging @YoursHumanly.


Yours Humanly is pleased to announce that Arik Armstead, San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle #91, is our 2023 Leading With the Heart Honoree, and will be recognized at the 2023 Gift of Schooling Gala, March 18, for his work with the Armstead Academic Project, the nonprofit he founded dedicated to ensuring that every student, no matter their socioeconomic status, has direct access to the resources they need to thrive. The Armstead Academic Project supports students in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area on the premise that a ZIP code should not define student opportunity. The Yours Humanly Leading With the Heart Award recognizes individuals and organizations for their vision and leadership on behalf of children and youth. Accepting the award on Arik’s behalf will be Aila Malik, interim executive director of Armstead Academic Project. 


In 2019, Arik founded Armstead Academic Project to provide youth with positive spaces, tools, and academic support to help unlock their potential, dream big, and achieve their goals. Along his journey to give back, Arik works with schools, hospitals, and organizations that serve young people. He donates toys and books during visits with patients at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. He hosts the popular “Storytime with Arik Armstead” for elementary school children, and provides educational field trips, visits to colleges, and after school tutoring for youth, always reminding them of the power of books and education.


Please join us on Saturday, March 18, at the Blackhawk Museum, to recognize Arik Armstead for his visionary work toward education equity. Purchase Gala tickets at


Yours Humanly has named three new 2023 recipients of its Children Have the Power to Empower® Award, which recognizes children for their outstanding acts of goodness that make a significant difference in the lives of others.


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We are pleased to announce three new recipients of a 2023 Yours Humanly Children Have the Power to Empower® Award: Harita Suresh of Jersey City, New Jersey; Aniruddh Marella of Frisco, Texas; and Rishika Jeyaprakash of Mason, Ohio.

Congratulations to Harita, Aniruddh, and Rishika!

Learn more about the Children Have the Power to Empower® Award recipients and their work.