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...

By Sarah Meike, R.O.C.K. Special Projects Coordinator “To believe in myself.” This was the response from Raymond Fisher-Travis, a former participant of R.O.C.K. programs, when I asked him what was the most important lesson he learned from R.O.C.K. For every question, his answer was almost immediate, like...

By Sarah Meike, R.O.C.K. Special Projects Coordinator Jordan has been volunteering with R.O.C.K.’s Student Adult Leadership Training (S.A.L.T.) for four years. What keeps Jordan coming back is the impact he sees R.O.C.K. inspire in students. S.A.L.T. was created to provide an adult mentor relationship for students...

By Sarah Meike- R.O.C.K. Administrative Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator I am never quite awake enough when I reach Skill Drills on Saturday mornings. With my coffee mug firmly attached to one hand, I climb the stairs to the gym and take in the scene. Usually there...

By Sarah Meike, R.O.C.K. Administrative Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator He is a Skill Drills volunteer who has consistently shown up on Saturdays throughout the session. I knew I wanted to interview him for our newsletter when he told me one weekend that he valued volunteering at...

By Sarah Meike, Real Options for City Kids Hilda grew up participating in R.O.C.K. programs.  She remembers one Skills Drills soccer team in particular that lost… a lot.  As an adult, she traces this early lesson of resilience in the face of defeat, to her happiness...

The following speech was written by R.O.C.K.'s Founder, Michelle Groe, and read during R.O.C.K.'s 20 Year Anniversary Celebration on Oct 19, 2014. Dear Fellow R.O.C.K.ers, As I sit 2,000 miles away in my Ann Arbor home, holding R.O.C.K. and its 20 years of history in my mind...

Due to our partnership with United Airlines, you can donate frequent flyer miles to R.O.C.K. Simply head to the United Donate Your Miles page and scroll down until you see R.O.C.K. Did you know that R.O.C.K. can rent a mini-van to transport 7 youth to whitewater rafting...

San Francisco Downtown Magazine By Shuka Kalantari Mention of SF's Visitacion Valley often conjures up bleak images of poverty and crime. Scratch deeper than the surface and a neighborhood progressing towards development, community, and education is revealed. Curt Yagi is a prime mover of this transformation. In...