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Give Back

APHA 2020 is going virtual, but we still want to give back to San Francisco. We're asking all attendees to join in the effort to give something back to the host city. Even though we won't be there, we can still leave our mark and make a real impact by giving generously to this year's host city charity, The Robby Poblete Foundation.

The Robby Poblete Foundation was founded by Pati Navalta Poblete in February 2017 in honor of her son Robby who was killed by gun violence on Sept. 21, 2014. He was 23 years old. The nonprofit seeks to save lives through its gun buyback program and to forever transform lives through its art and vocational programs. Using metal from the dismantled guns collected from buybacks, the foundation works with artists to transform weapons intro art that's later exhibited and used to raise awareness about the impacts of gun violence. The vocational program, Work in Progress, addresses one of the most common causes of violent crime — a lack of opportunity — by raising awareness about opportunities in the trades. The foundation sponsors career fairs, workshops and presentations on careers in the building trades and commercial driving and also provides apprenticeship scholarships to at-risk and high-risk individuals seeking a second chance.


Make a Donation

Monetary donations can be made during registration. Some of the ways your money helps the San Francisco community:

  • $25 provides gas cards for a new apprentice or hired employee who has no reliable source of transportation.
  • $50 goes towards purchasing work boots, essential uniforms and books for a new apprentice.
  • $75 goes towards a $1000 stipend for an artist to transform a weapon into art.
  • $100 will take one shotgun out of circulation
  • Donations of any amount are accepted and appreciated.  

Major Achievements

  • In Vallejo, the Foundation collected 155 weapons, a third more guns than the previous year.
  • Total number of gun buybacks: 8
  • Total number of firearms collected, to date: 1,199
  • Art of Peace San Francisco was exhibited at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, which attracted more than 500 people at the opening ceremony.
  • Total number of art pieces transformed from guns, to date: 47
  • Total amount of scholarships awarded: $30,000

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