49ers start Stanford program for at-risk boys

100 children to learn math, life skills in a university environment

The San Francisco 49ers announced a program Monday that will give 100 at-risk schoolboys an opportunity to get off the streets and into a classroom at Stanford University this summer.

The Youth Impact Program was founded by three-time Super Bowl champion and former 49ers alum Riki Ellison in 2003 to educate boys between 9 and 12 years old who live in inner cities and whose family income is below the poverty line.

This is the first time the program is being offered in the Bay Area, though it has been offered at Tulane and Syracuse universities. Since its inception, Youth Impact has mentored more than 1,000 young people, according to the group.

As part of the curriculum, the students will study topics such as gang prevention, conflict resolution, health issues and leadership. The program will include football techniques, language, math and life skills.

The students were selected from the 49ers Academy, Willow Oaks Elementary School in Menlo Park, and three San Jose schools, including Quimby Oaks Middle School, Luther Burbank School, and Clyde L. Fischer Middle School.

The program will run from July 5 through July 29 at Stanford University and will include on-campus meals, transportation and free athletic apparel.


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