Email not displaying correctly? Click here
Our Story         Volunteer         Donate

Happy Anniversary R.O.C.K.!


It’s September, and school and R.O.C.K. programs are back in full session. Learn more about the community back to school backpack give away with Mayor Ed Lee, our new staff, and an exciting new fundraising tool for our 23rd anniversary! Be sure to let us know how we are doing by completing our community survey.


Happy Birthday R.O.C.K.

By Sarah Meike, Special Projects Coordinator

Scrolling down R.O.C.K.’s Facebook page one day I noticed a new category amongst the familiar headings. Fundraisers: Facebook’s new tool that allowed Cameron Turner, a R.O.C.K volunteer, to raise $1,141 for R.O.C.K.!

Depending on when your birthday is, you may have already seen this prompt popping up on your notifications feed. Facebook asks you, or actually encourages you, to do a little good for your special occasion by creating a fundraiser for your favorite charity. When Cameron described the process to me, he told me it was a no brainer. After Cameron’s experience volunteering at R.O.C.K.’s Lil’ Kids Camp this summer, he knew he would be asking his friends to support a worthy cause. The online fundraising campaign was easy to set up, and it made so much more sense than getting unnecessary presents or having people buy him a drink for his birthday.

This has made an amazing impact for R.O.C.K. With $1,000 we are able to...

Click to read the full article



You Get a Backpack!

By Sarah Meike, Special Projects Coordinator

The week before school started, the Visitacion Valley community came together to make sure that our kids were ready for school. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee came out to aid Mercy Housing’s initiative to provide 5,500 backpacks packed with school supplies to Visitaction Valley students, including our R.O.C.K.ers! The new backpacks made our kids so excited to get started with their new school year.

As the majority of our families in Visitacion Valley are low income, the cost of back to school books...

Click to read the full article


The Dream Team

By Sarah Meike, Special Projects Coordinator

We are happy to welcome two new members to our management team. We are delighted to announce the addition of Adrianna Romero and Kania Tucker. Both ladies have worked for R.O.C.K. in the past as Line Staff. Adrianna continues her journey with R.O.C.K. as the Beacon Director Assistant and Kania rejoins us, after a couple years away, as our Middle School Coordinator Assistant. Find out more about them and the rest of our management team here:

Although we have now filled all management positions we are still looking for innovative and passionate after school staff. If you or anyone you know is looking for a position making an impact in San Francisco’s youth, find our open jobs listed on our website:



We are 23, how are we doing?

It’s been 23 years, and it’s about time that we ask you how you feel about R.O.C.K. Please fill out this short survey (5 minutes) and let us know how we are doing. We appreciate your feedback and value your thoughts on how we can engage our community further. Thanks!


Calling all volunteers with video editing skills!

We need your help creating a short video. All video has already been captured, but we need you to help us edit it into a beautiful masterpiece that will help us share our R.O.C.K. impact with the world! Please email if you think you could help!

See what's new at R.O.C.K.
Feature on TV
R.O.C.K. was featured on Under SF: Community First, a student-run TV series from students at SFSU.
GS Warriors Unveil Court
A flashback to 2010 when the GS Warriors came to Vis Valley to refurbish our basketball court...
R.O.C.K. in Time
R.O.C.K. is getting ready for the future. Have a glimpse into how we prepare for the next phase of life for the organization.
Donate Miles to R.O.C.K.
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...
Our mission 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.
Our Story
Real Options for City Kids Mission, Purpose and History
Signature Programs
High-Quality Active and Academic Programming
Our Impact
R.O.C.K. is Fundamental in Our Community
Want to see a better tomorrow for Visitaction Valley?
Let’s start with our kids. Be a Volunteer
Your donation can help R.O.C.K. in many ways.
Celebrating 22 Years of service for children and youth in San Francisco.
73 Leland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134

Let us know if you have any comments or suggestions.
Follow us on:
To unsubscribe from future mailings please click here 
 © 1994 - 2015 Real Options for City Kids, All Rights Reserved.