24 Dec Helping Hands: SF Examiner features R.O.C.K.
It’s briefly quiet in late afternoon on a hill above San Francisco’s most violent housing projects. But then suddenly, more than 130 young teenagers rush into the cafeteria of Visitacion Valley Middle School for snacks, before breaking off into smaller groups to do homework and activities.
It’s a loud and jovial atmosphere, but perhaps only in the sense that for some of these students, it’s far better than walking home.
Without an after-school program, most of these kids would be unleashed on the streets of The City’s southeast side without adult supervision. Many of the students come from homes with negative adult influences — and at least one member of the after-school program witnessed the murder of a man standing next to him at a bus stop.
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