By Sarah Meike, Special Projects Coordinator My favorite part of volunteering at our Elementary School program is watching our kids swarm toward a speaker whenever music comes on, and then perform song after song in perfect choreographed steps. This is due to our dance program and...

By Sarah Meike, Special Projects Coordinator Every year, R.O.C.K. hosts a charity race team in the iconic Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. Jerry and Kelsey Gee are filling two of our spots as a father daughter duo. In June, Jerry turns 50 and the two wanted to...

By Curt Yagi, Executive Director R.O.C.K. is a household name in the Bay Area that has been recognized by Time Magazine for our innovative approach to youth development.  Our programs are a fine-tuned machine in which every service we provide sets our participants up for success...

By Sarah Meike, Special Projects Coordinator One of Joi’s most memorable experiences was going to farm camp as an elementary school participant with R.O.C.K. The contrast between the endless concrete of Visitacion Valley and the vast space, pastures, and animals on the farm was incredible to...

By Sarah Meike, Special Projects Coordinator You could say R.O.C.K. goes so far back with Taz, it’s where he got his name. Taz’s full name is Mumtaz Yusuf. He renamed himself when Heidi, a former longtime staff and volunteer at R.O.C.K., asked him what his name...

By Curt Yagi, Executive Director As I was setting up for our first-ever R.O.C.K. Alumni barbecue, I felt a bit of nervous energy in anticipation of seeing our past participants, some of whom I hadn’t seen in well over a decade.  Over the prior few months,...

By Sarah Meike, Special Projects Coordinator “The mission of R.O.C.K. is to nurture the healthy development of children by listening attentively to their needs and by providing opportunities to those who might not otherwise have access.” When I talked to Derrick Connors, now 28 years old, about his experience...

By Sarah Meike, Special Projects Coordinator As San Francisco’s corporate climate continues to become more and more dominated by tech companies, the question of how they are giving back to the community is on many San Franciscan’s minds. We see CEOs like Marc Benioff of Salesforce...

By Sarah Meike, Special Projects Coordinator Attending Lil’ Kid Camp for the first time this year was truly inspirational. My pride to be working for an organization that provides such influential programming to the kids of Visitation Valley soared to great heights at camp. I felt...

By Sarah Meike, R.O.C.K. Special Projects Coordinator Brandon is a Director from Mountain Camp, an overnight adventure camp near Polluck Pines that allows R.O.C.K. to bring 50 children each summer for free. As part of a new Mountain Camp program, Mountaineer Adventure Camp (MAC), Brandon comes...