LOS ANGELES, Calif.–Four teams made up of youth from 13 middle and high schools in South Los Angeles will compete Friday in an academic showdown in the Thinkfinity Bowl Championship.

The Thinkfinity Bowl Championship is the culmination of a 16-week academic competition for underserved upper elementary, middle and high school youth in South Los Angeles. A coalition of local community organizations, including Brotherhood Crusade, the EXPO Center and the African American Unity Center, is behind the program. Funding is provided through $125,000 in grants from the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon. The event will be held at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center located at 4718 W. Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles.

Also in attendance will be actor/community activist William Allen Young, executive director for the African American Unity Council Charisse Bremond, SEIU ULTCW president LaPhonza Butler, artist, community activist, and editor of the Los Angeles Sentinel Joseph Simmons, and Gene Eng vice president-strategic programs of Verizon.