"[The foundation helps] kids from ninth grade all the way through college by giving them the financial, academic and emotional support that they need," Hobson said. "Giving them career development, mentoring, networking and academic support groups."Hobson said she is the first person in her family to go to college. She said she would like to pursue her philanthropic efforts full time in the future. "Because of the background I come from, there wasn't a lot of special figures in my family to look up to," she said. "I come from a background dealing with the foster care system, abuse and just lack of real role models." Hobson wants to work with youth from similar backgrounds and use what she has learned through her experiences to help others. Robinson, 18, also a Dodgers-sponsored JRF scholar, has gotten involved in philanthropic efforts of her own. "I started an organization with a group of my friends called TAG -- 'Teens Against Genocide,'" Robinson said. "Basically we raise funds for the people in Darfur who are going through this horrible genocide. We try to just build awareness and get help for all the people out there." Robinson and a few of her friends from various high schools in the Los Angeles area started the organization during her senior year of high school. "We all decided to start this organization and we got a lot of people to join in on it," she said. "We held a rally at the Federal building in Westwood, Calif. Now we've kind of handed it off to other seniors of high schools and they're continuing to build funds and raise awareness." Robinson said she wants to get into a philanthropy-related career and also currently is doing some acting. She has made a guest appearance on the CBS show, "Cold Case," has done other television work and singing through her school, as well. Robinson said she was very excited to participate in Jackie Robinson Day. "Jackie Robinson, he was such an amazing person, and Rachel Robinson, she is such a wonderful woman," she said. "This foundation has provided such an amazing family and support system for all of us, it's not just about the money getting through college. ... I've gained mentors and friends from all over the country."
Christie Cowles is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.