Friday, March 17, 2017

Now Accepting Summer Bridge 2017 Applications

RAMS Summer Bridge 2017 Fact Sheet

RAMS-Summer Bridge is an 8-week summer mentorship program for youth ages 16 to 20, currently enrolled in or recently graduated from SFUSD high schools.  Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS) is collaborating with California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).  The program is funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).

What is the purpose of RAMS-Summer Bridge 2017?
It is a mentorship program for youth from under-represented backgrounds who are interested in the field of psychology. Participants will learn some basics about counseling psychology, mental health, and the many career possibilities in the helping professions. Participants will meet with therapists, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other professionals in the field. Participants will attend weekly field trips within San Francisco. Participants will receive a stipend at completion of the program, during a graduation ceremony with friends and family.

Who can apply?
Youth ages 16 to 20 years old, currently enrolled in or recently graduated from SFUSD high schools, are invited to apply. 

What will we do each week?
The program will meet from 6/13/17 – 8/3/17 on Tues/Weds/Thurs from 11am – 3pm.  Each of the 8 weeks explores a specific theme, including Identity, Mental Health, Helping Professions, Education, Therapy, and Self Care. The main location is CIIS: 1453 Mission St (in SOMA). On Wednesdays, we will meet at field trip locations within San Francisco.

There are four major components:
§  Meetings at CIIS – team-building activities, guest speakers, experiential activities, small discussion groups, and work on final project
§  Field trips – to community agencies, clinics, and colleges; including the Fort Miley Ropes Course, San Francisco State University, RAMS Child, Youth, and Family Outpatient Clinic, and Psychiatric Emergency Services
§  Journal – weekly journal entries to reflect on the themes of the week
§  Final Project – presentation on what you have learned from the program

What do we need to do to complete the program?
§  Complete and submit application including 2 letters of reference
§  Be selected by committee of Summer Bridge staff and Youth Council participants  
§  Participate in all activities/visits and complete/present final project
§  Follow all rules and policies of RAMS-Summer Bridge 2017

What do we get out of this program?
§  Meet professionals from different cultures, sometimes in real work situations
§  Explore career options in psychology and the helping professions
§  Experience different neighborhoods within San Francisco
§  Learn more about yourself
§  Meet other students with similar interests from high schools throughout the city
§  Lunch provided each day
§  Stipend upon completion of program


RAMS-Summer Bridge is an 8-week summer program for people age 16 to 20 currently enrolled in or recently graduated from SFUSD high schools.  It is a mentorship program for students who are interested in the field of psychology.  Along with the educational aspects of the program, students are given the chance to explore many career possibilities in the helping professions with weekly site visits.  Participants of the program will experience first-hand how psychology applies to human services. 

Deadline for application: rolling admissions, but must be submitted by May 4, 2017!

Application can be e-mailed to: summerbridge@ramsinc.org
U.S. mail to: RAMS, Inc. 3626 Balboa Street, SF, CA 94121, Attn.: Program Coordinator
Or put in envelope at any San Francisco Unified School District High School Wellness Center marked “Summer Bridge application return”
Questions: e-mail summerbridge@ramsinc.org


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