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R.O.C.K. Turns 22


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 are inspired by our work, consider making a donation!

Reconnecting with R.O.C.K. Alumni

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, my team had been utilizing old phone numbers, email addresses and social media to get in contact with many of our former R.O.C.K.ers who had drifted away from us over the years.  It was a challenging and time-consuming effort, but we ended up with a healthy list of alumni and were excited to bring them together to reunite.  As these young adults arrived, I instantly had a vision in my head of each one of them running around dribbling a basketball at Skill Drills or shooting down the water slide at Lil’ Kid Camp.  There was Dunya, now a mother....

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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 was while seeing if he wanted to play soccer. He responded, “Taz” and the nickname has stuck ever since.

Much more than just his name transformed through R.O.C.K.  As Taz put it, “If there’s anything good in me, it’s probably because of R.O.C.K.” As a kid growing up in Visitacion Valley, he was not given...

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Black Lives Matter

Take a look at what R.O.C.K. kids are saying about the Black Lives Matter movement.


This month we are happy to welcome Sam, Christina, and Devin to our management team!

Sam La'a – JASP Coordinator
Christina Ivy –Assistant Elementary School Coordinator
Devin King- Family and Community Engagement Coordinator

Check out our team page for updates on role changes and advancement.

Coming Up!

Join us for happy hour!

Join us for drinks on the rooftop patio of LinkedIn new offices downtown. This is a 21+ only event. Beer will be provided by donation.

Friday, September 30, 2016 from 5:30-8:30pm
LinkedIn Headquarters (222 2nd St, San Francisco)

Be sure to RSVP on our Facebook event page

Please contact Sarah at if you are interested in volunteering at any of the following opportunities.

Volleyball Skill Drills: Established in 1994, this thriving program is a fun, introductory sports program that focuses on one sport for six weeks. Each three-hour session leads boys and girls in first through fifth grade through non-competitive skill development exercises and team-building activities.
When: Saturdays starting October 1st (10/1-11/5) from 9:30am-12pm.
Where: Visitacion Valley Middle School, 450 Raymond Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134

Play Day: Kick off our fall Skill Drills session at Play Day! We will have awesome carnival style games, face painting, food, a blow up obstacle course, and climbing wall, bike, and skateboards provided by SF Parks & Rec. Help us set up the event, play games and activities with kids, and clean up afterward.
When: Saturday October 1st, 11am-3:30pm
Where: Visitacion Valley Middle School, 450 Raymond Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134

Middle School Haunted Hallway: Help spook out middle schoolers at R.O.C.K.'s Halloween event. This event will have TWO VOLUNTEER SHIFTS. 
First shift: 12-3 Help set up the Haunted Hallway. Hang a maze, spookify, and prepare the scary scene
Second Shift: 3-6:30 Lights, Camera, Scare! Take photos of kids exiting the haunted hallway, assist with carnival games (corn hole, pie toss, basketball, and big jenga), distribute food, and get silly with the photobooth.
When: Fridy October 28th, 12-6:30pm
Where: Visitacion Valley Middle School, 450 Raymond Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134

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