Sunday, August 20, 2017

Why are Afterschool Programs Important?



Joe Davis, afterschool advocate, on extending the education day to build better learning environments in safer surroundings.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Robert Wright: The Evolution of Compassion



Robert Wright uses evolutionary biology and game theory to explain why we appreciate the Golden Rule ("Do unto others..."), why we sometimes ignore it and why there’s hope that, in the near future, we might all have the compassion to follow it.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Our Eighth Annual Golf Tournament is October 16th - Register Today!


Monday, October 16, 2017 
9:30 am - 5:30 pm 
at Green Valley Country Club 
35 Country Club Drive, Fairfield, CA 94534


The Matt Garcia Foundation on is pleased to announce one of our most exciting events of the year. Our 8th Annual Golf Tournament is an opportunity to ensure that the impactful youth and community programs that we support throughout the year will continue. Our late city councilman, Matt Garcia, was a young man with a vision. With the help of generous individuals and companies such as yours, our foundation on has been able to raise the essential funds needed in “Keeping the Dream Alive.” Your participation on sends a powerful message that you are partnering with us to make our world a safer and more meaningful place. The event itself is an opportunity to network with many potential customers and clients. All of our sponsors’ names will be prominently displayed on our event publications and your donation is tax-deductible. It is our mission to support youth, help stop crime, and strengthen our community. Thank you in advance for celebrating this hope of creating a better Fairfield for tomorrow! The MATT GARCIA FOUNDATION Golf Tournament is scheduled for October 16, 2017, at the beautiful course of Green Valley Country Club.

This year’s tournament will be supporting the 2018 Northern Solano Babe Ruth Teen Baseball Clinic. We are excited to partner with our local Babe Ruth Baseball League and bring a comprehensive 2 day Baseball Clinic to our community’s youth & teens. The clinic will be held in March 2018 with college coaches & former ball players as instructors. Your partcipation on in this Golf Tournament will support this amazing opportunity and we thank you!!

Friday, August 11, 2017

How to Avoid Miscommunication - Katherine Hampsten



Have you ever talked with a friend about a problem, only to realize that he just doesn’t seem to grasp why the issue is so important to you? Have you ever presented an idea to a group, and it’s met with utter confusion? What’s going on here? Katherine Hampsten describes why miscommunication occurs so frequently, and how we can minimize frustration while expressing ourselves better.

Lesson by Katherine Hampsten, animation by Andrew Foerster.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness



What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you're mistaken. As the director of 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Paralyzed Teen Inspires At-Risk Youth


In the middle of efforts to steer at-risk youth away from gun violence, this teen was shot and paralyzed. It hasn't deterred him. It's only made him stronger.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

From Pain, to Power to Success: Macio Thompkins



Macio Thompkins is a 19 year old employee of the City of Atlanta and a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta. Growing up on the Northwest side of Atlanta, Macio had to overcome numerous challenges and hurdles to achieve his dream of graduating high school and being a model of success for his family and friends. However, thanks to Beyond the Bricks program offered this summer at Georgia State University, Macio dreams now include sharing his talent with the world and his message of determination and success.