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  • Students Rising Above
    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.
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    PO Box 29174
    San Francisco, CA US
  • House of Air
    House of Air is not a house?it's a repurposed airplane hangar, and inside is The Matrix. Forty-two trampolines make up this main court, which is part wall and features two skatepark-inspired bowls at its north end. On any given day, the Matrix busies itself by proving that gravity can be exploited. Jumpers ages 7 and up launch from the floors and angled corners high into the air, some of them wearing rented GoPro cameras (available at the park) that record each breathtaking flip and dizzying spin. Despite its size, the Matrix is just one of several areas inside the hangar. There's also the Colosseum, an arena for trampoline dodgeball games; the Training Ground, where jumpers from novice to professional practice their skills and wall-walks during Open Air sessions; and the new Kids Court, a recently completed trampoline zone separated from the rest and dedicated to three- to six-year-old children. This wonderland of trampolines caters to visitors of all stripes. Some might want to take an Air Conditioning class, while others throw jumping parties. Those who want to learn impressive tricks can even take private lessons from a staff of professional coaches, whose specialties range from snowboarding to competitive gymnastics.
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    926 Old Mason St.
    San Francisco, CA US
  • La Petite Baleen
    After one look at the pristine pools packed with toys, and it?s no surprise why La Petite Baleen?s four San Francisco?area swim facilities are so popular with kids. What may be surprising, however, is that the flourishing network of schools started humbly in the backyard pool of John Kolbisen and Irene Madrid. In 1979, the public school teachers were brainstorming ways to integrate their passion for educating kids with their love of the water. Starting with their own three children, some neighborhood kids, and their logo?Waverly the Whale, John and Irene began teaching swim lessons with a rather progressive philosophy: They approached swimming not just as an extracurricular activity, but as a means to boost self-confidence, build friendships, and learn to overcome fears. More than 30 years later, La Petite Baleen has become a renowned family of schools, partnered with the U.S. Swim School Association and the Swim for Life Foundation. Part of the success has to do with how children are grouped. In weekly sessions, pods of tots of similar age, skill level, and personality evolve at a similar pace?earning individual achievement ribbons as they do. Kids make friends in the group, and the recurring scheduling means that they can stay enrolled with their new buddies indefinitely or until they grow their own dorsal fins. Each location?s indoor pools are kept at an inviting 90 degrees, in an attempt to make even the most timid student to feel comfortable in the water. Perhaps most importantly, the teachers participate in ongoing training designed to encourage empathetic, yet firm teaching methods.
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    933 Mason Street
    San Francisco, CA US
  • The Walt Disney Family Museum
    Over the course of his long and prolific career, Walt Disney became synonymous not just with the artist, inventor, and movie maker he was, but with a whole cast of beloved characters. From Mickey Mouse to Mary Poppins, The Walt Disney Family Museum celebrates how Walt's highly animated imagination and tireless pursuit of innovation "helped define 20th-century America," as visitors get to know Walt through 40,000-square-feet packed full of his early drawings, animations, movies, and listening stations, with clips narrated in Walt's own voice. Through these exhibits, visitors can peer into Walt's world, and understand the successes, failures, and unmatched imagination of the man who brought animation to life. Not unlike Disney's pioneering films, the museum's 10 galleries weave together state-of-the-art technology and history into an immersive experience. Early drawings and animation demonstrate the first seeds of inspiration; examples of multiplane camera cranes spotlight technological advances and the Disneyland of Walt?s imagination. A museum store stocks vintage Disney plushes and prints, and a Fantasia-themed theater complete with heavily padlocked broom closet shows Disney classics six days a week.
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    104 Montgomery St.
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Tiburon by the Bay Half Marathon
    J Running puts an extra spring in athletes' steps with its unique racing events. These runs range in distance from breezy 5Ks to slightly less breezy half-marathons, held in scenic locals around Marin County. Most races are themed as well, including a costumed Monster Dash for Halloween, a sporty singles mixer on Valentine's Day, and a birds-only jog on Thanksgiving.
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    610 Old Mason St.
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Live Ultimate RUN San Francisco
    Through their lineup of Green Tea Plus beverages, nonprofit partnerships, and a steadfast commitment to environmental sustainability, Live Ultimate dedicates itself to improving the quality of life both inside and around us. Ever-mounting scientific research points to green tea as a promising source for natural health rich with antioxidants that help prevent rust from forming in bodies. The company celebrates healthy living by organizing charitable runs at scenic destinations across the country that benefit both participants and nonprofit campaigns, such as Share our Strength?s No Kid Hungry initiative, which aims to connect the more than 16 million children in need with nutritious, healthy food.
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    610 Old Mason St.
    San Francisco, CA US
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