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R.O.C.K. is the only San Francisco-based nonprofit selected as a Charity Partner for the 2017 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.  Click on the image above to see our logo on the back page.  To learn more about how you can participate on our team, visit http://rocksf.org/event/escape/....

By Tom Broucksou, Rewardexpert.com Real Options for City Kids, or R.O.C.K. for short, is a San Francisco-based nonprofit that provides active and enriching programs to youth living in the working class neighborhood of Visitacion Valley. R.O.C.K. gives kids in this underserved community a chance to participate...

We love the holiday season at R.O.C.K. Read on to learn about our recent Halloween celebrations, our opportunities to volunteer for our Harvest Festival and a great story of a past participant who is making a name for herself in college. Read the full newsletter...

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...

Congratulations to R.O.C.K. on 22 years of keeping children in San Francisco's Visitacion Valley healthy and safe. Here's to 22 more years! Read on to learn about our recent alumni barbecue, the story of Taz and some really great ways to connect with us. If you...

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,...

Read on to find out which major technology company gave back to R.O.C.K. in a big way. Also, learn about a past participant who is on track to finish college. Read the full newsletter...

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...