Sons in Retirement men's social group, Branch 8, hosts a monthly luncheon at the Hilton Hotel with a themed guest speaker and full lunch
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Family House serves as a cost-free, home away from home for families whose children are being treated for cancer and other serious illnesses at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.
This summer, Opportunity Impact is scheduled to move into a parks and recreation center that features tennis and basketball courts as well as ample outdoor space. The organization still needs basic sports equipment, including balls, gear, and bats, for a life-skills program that would help participants develop cooperation, strategy building, and problem-solving skills through organized team sports. This holistic approach builds on students' ability to tackle daily challenges by highlighting individual assets and rebuilding confidence. The network of support they build out of their experiences with Opportunity Impact can help at-risk youths to succeed in school and fully engage with their communities as adults.
Presenter of the San Francisco International Film Festival—the longest-running film festival in the Americas—San Francisco Film Society feeds the cinematic passions of fans, filmmakers, and students, showcasing more than 300 films every year. The Film Enthusiast membership entitles movie mavens to a plethora of perks worth rubbing in the noses of adversarial cinephiles who won’t stop boasting about how much popcorn they can eat in one sitting. Members also get the skinny on San Francisco International Film Festival special events and screenings, running April 21-May 5.
The Building Futures Program is organizing a day field trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for their students to experience aquatic life alongside their mentors at a premier aquarium. Though they live just a few miles away from the ocean, many program students have never seen a beach or the Golden Gate Bridge due to socioeconomic limitations. Building Futures still needs help funding the costs of the field trip, including meals, transportation, and tickets to the aquarium for 25 children, with an overall goal of raising $1,392 to send the entire program to the aquarium.
The Ridge Trail Council is a Bay Area nonprofit organization that seeks to join all Bay Area communities with 500 miles of multiuse trails. A yearlong family membership entitles two adults and their children to benefits as stunning as the panoramic vistas of the great outdoors. With advanced registration to popular trail events such as the multi-sport Ridge to Bridge, a marathon event that includes food and water and is next scheduled for April 2011, you won't need to plaintively wander over the trail's foggy, thicketed scalper meadow when the event inevitably sells out. Trail guidebooks are included with each membership, so families can set out on precisely planned pilgrimages. Members are also admitted to member-only natural odysseys such as the Presidio Solstice Ramble, a hike each winter solstice that includes free hors d'oeuvres and beverages, which is preferable to standard solstice traditions of bearing witness to
chipmunks' annual temporary powers of speech, self-awareness, and attorney. Special offers such as free event registration and gratis hiking gear are also available to members and are relayed via a biannual newsletter, Facebook, and Twitter.
Since its founding in 1997, BayKids has helped more than 5,000 children confronting cancer, paralysis, and other medical conditions learn the art of cinematic self-expression. The MovieMaking program brings instruction and tools into hospital rooms, empowering junior filmmakers with full control over their own feature from beginning to end. Kids get to choose a film medium (such as animation or documentary), casting, location, and set creation. Production is a social affair, engaging groups of patients to foster camaraderie. Film topics such as re-entering school after a hospital stay help kids work through the social and emotional challenges of childhood illness. After filming wraps, children can learn to edit raw materials into a polished feature with the help of an experienced BayKids volunteer, adding special effects, music, and other finishing touches.
Run by Stanford University's coaches' education trainer Mike Legarza and boasting a camper return rate of 90%, Legarza Basketball Camp develops young dribblers in a structured environment of positive support and fundamental basketball instruction, valuing hard work and effort. Morning camps focus on shooting and ball handling, as orb-bouncers will learn the basics of scoring and protecting the basketball. Players will be divided into teams for the week and play one game per day with a tournament at the end of the week. Afternoon camps concentrate on gameplay, as youngsters will be introduced to gamesmanship and strategy, such as when to feed the ball to the 7-footer in the post and when to feed the ball to the siberian tiger spotting up for a three-pointer.
Hamilton Family Center works to transition more than 300 families into permanent housing every year and prevent its clients from becoming homeless with a comprehensive array of housing solutions and support services. The organization places families with sustainable income into permanent housing and provides shallow-rent subsidies and support services to help them achieve stability. Furnishings help turn the new houses into livable spaces, and monthly food boxes, job training, health screenings, financial-literacy coaching, and afterschool activities for children foster a community atmosphere and encourage personal advancement. After placement, case managers and family therapists work with the families to maintain their housing situations and rebuild their lives.
Boys Hope Girls Hope of San Francisco Bay Area provides HOPE—a home, parenting, opportunities, and education—within a residential setting to improve the lives of children regardless of their financial circumstances. Youth enter the program between the ages of 10 and 14 and live in the home through their high-school graduations. While there, they engage in educational activities, counseling, and summer-enrichment programs and have access to health care and personal stipends. After young people graduate from the program, Boys Hope Girls Hope continues to support them through adulthood, providing them with financial assistance and emotional support for college, temporary housing during summer breaks, and aid in gaining employment.
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A Peabody- and Emmy-winning program, Students Rising Above (SRA) was founded by a local news anchor and a community-relations manager as a scholarship program for students who are the first in their families to attend college but lack the financial resources to support their educations. Many of these students face tremendous challenges such as homelessness and neglect but realize their potential and succeed academically, earning the grades necessary to qualify for further education.
SRA selects its program participants during their junior year of high school and works with them through college graduation, helping through guidance and support to foster a 90% graduation rate after four-and-a-half years. Since its inception, the program’s services have grown to include medical care, summer internships, precollege readiness support, and care packages with technology and dorm-room essentials, as well as intangible support in the form of a network of trusted adults and peers. SRA students have attended more than 70 colleges across the country, including Princeton University, Stanford University, and the University of California, Davis.
During Dance Out Diabetes' events, certified diabetes educators test participants' weight, blood pressure, and blood glucose levels to identify those at risk of diabetes and discuss healthy practices and nutrition for people with diabetes. A professional instructor will engage the class with a structured 45-minute dance session followed by a free-style dance with other participants. After the workout, groups study the effect of dance on blood-glucose and blood-pressure levels to demonstrate how physical activity improves overall health, including diabetes risk factors. Participants and their family members will also have a chance to meet one-on-one with a certified diabetes educator to ask specific health-related questions. Since Dance Out Diabetes targets an underserved population, event coordinators still need help funding the costs of medical supplies and dance-instructor fees for this event.
There's nothing quite like the feeling of flying across the pavement as your feet pound out the rhythm of running. With each jog they take, runners build up strength and stamina—not to mention confidence. Girls on the Run of the Bay Area works to build that confidence in young girls with recreational running programs that serve more than 1,000 girls aged 8–13. The programs meet in small groups twice a week for 10 weeks. Enthusiastic coaches engage the girls in running-based workouts with their peers, and they also address other issues that may affect the girls’ lives, such as nutrition, gossip, and standing up for themselves. At the end of the 10-week session, the girls gather for a noncompetitive 5K running event.
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When educator Nínive Calegari and author Dave Eggers settled on a storefront for their educational writing center 826 Valencia, they were required—due to zoning laws—to open a store in the space. They found that the interior of the former gym resembled a stripped-down ship—so they dubbed it the Pirate Supply Store. Behind this shop's whimsical stock of eye patches, glass eyes, and nautical-themed prints is the center’s real heart and soul: a writing lab filled with a reading tent, large worktables, and, of course, lots of books.
The non-profit, bilingual center draws the talents of trained, volunteer tutors, who each help students aged 6-18 hone their writing skills and develop the formidable biceps of Charles Dickens. Tutors demystify the writing process through a range of free, project-based programs, such as writing workshops, after-school tutoring, and college-readiness programs. Most courses culminate in a student-created and published book, magazine, newspaper, or film—a process that encourages students to collaborate creatively and take ownership of their learning.
Visitors to Taichi Acupuncture can rest easy knowing that they're in the hands of an acupuncturist who has spent more than two decades honing his craft. The clinic's acupuncture treatments can target a long list of conditions, including arthritis, stomach problems, and dizziness.
In 1978, California passed Proposition 13, which reduced property taxes, therefore decreasing state funding for education and eliminating the arts from many public elementary schools. Leap began in 1979 in response to this measure to ensure students could still participate in the arts. The organization uses residency programs in which professional teaching artists work in elementary and middle schools to enhance existing curricula with several weeks of expert guidance in painting, sculpting, dance, architecture, music, and theater. From serving 180 students in one school in its first year, Leap has grown to work with 8,000 students in more than 40 schools in the Bay Area, helping them to develop creativity and problem-solving skills and increase their self-esteem.