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Contact: Matt Itelson
phone: (415)338-1665

Ropes course teaches teamwork, leadership skills for inner-city youth

Friday marks last day of Youth Employment Program

WHAT: At-risk teenagers from San Francisco's inner-city neighborhoods are earning money and leadership skills this summer, guiding more than 400 children - many of whom are from underprivileged and underserved backgrounds - through the Fort Miley Adventure Ropes Course as part of SF State's Youth Employment Program.

The program ends tomorrow, when 30 students from Foothill High School in Pleasanton swing into San Francisco to experience the course. Staff are made up of six low-income teenagers, five from Galileo High School and one from the Real Alternatives Program (RAP) High School.

The Fort Miley Adventure Ropes Course, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, is modeled after the ropes course first developed during World War II to help newly assigned troops work together more effectively. The Youth Employment Program began last year and plans to expand into a year-round program.

WHO: o Thirty students from Foothill High School, Pleasanton; o Three to four ropes course staff members, composed of students from San Francisco high schools; o Ezra Holland, program director and SF State graduate student, (415) 338-6883.

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 18. 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Fort Miley Ropes Course, San Francisco. Located next to the Cliff House in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Ocean District. Directions: Go west on Geary Blvd. and turn right on El Camino Del Mar (48th Ave.). Park in the Marine Memorial Parking lot and walk up the service road.

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