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Youth Impact Program opens at Stanford University this week

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Over 100 students from middle schools in Redwood City, Menlo Park and East Palo Alto communities arrived on the campus of Stanford University early Monday morning. As they arrived, they were greeted by Stanford University Football players and staff, representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps and teachers from the Ravenswood Unified School District.

The program was originally founded by former NFL player, Riki Ellison as a way to give back and to also reach out to inner city kids with a way to improve academically along with teaching resilience and life skills. The annual reports have demonstrated success in these areas. In recent years, Ellison has also reached out to NFL teams in the area, such as the San Francisco 49ers to also have them participate. YIP is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Youth Impact Program (YIP), presented by the San Francisco 49ers and hosted by Stanford University, began its three-week summer program in academics and life skills for at-risk youths in the Bay Area, replicating the Stanford University Student Athlete experience July 1st. Unlike a lot of summer camps, the program is free to the participants.

The YIP participants take morning STEM and English classes on the Stanford Campus taught by local Ravenswood Public School teachers and current Stanford University student athletes. In the afternoons, the YIP participants learn essential life skills on nonviolent conflict resolution, bullying, self-confidence and courage in decision making. The students also receive coaching in USA Football Certified contact football by their Stanford Football Player mentors and teachers.

12 student athletes from the current Stanford Football team serve as coaches and mentors for the boys. Through an academic program developed in part by teachers from the Ravenswood School District and the Lockheed-Martin aerospace company, a leadership curriculum extracted from U.S. Marine Corps ethics and a football plan developed by the Stanford football coaching staff, the boys are taught to lead and follow principles that are effective on the field, in the classroom, and in life.

The Stanford YIP is supported by the San Francisco 49ers, CBRE of Palo Alto, Lockheed Martin, View Inc., NanoDimension Inc., the NFL Foundation, USA Football, Pepsi Co., American Children's Fund, Palo Alto Technology Center, the U.S. Marine Corps, Giving Children a Second Chance Foundation and individual private donations.

The program, in its fourth year, runs through July 18 at Stanford University, A parallel Youth Impact Program at Northwestern University in Chicago will launch on July 7th. This will be the first year at Northwestern.

For more information on the program, go to: www.youthimpact program.org

SOURCE Youth Impact Program

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