The Stanford YIP is supported by the NFL, USA Football, and its Heads Up initiative. The program hired current Stanford football players and staff members, along with local public school teachers. Dr. John York, Co-Chairman of the 49ers, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State and Stanford Professor, and the United States Marines were also participants in this year’s
YIP served 93 at-risk youth in its fourth year at Stanford University. The students who participated were chosen from local middle schools in underprivileged communities including East Palo Alto and East San Jose. The middle schools were chosen, with help from the San Francisco 49ers, the FLY Program (Fresh Lifelines for Youth), and the district offices of Senator Dianne Feinstein, included the 49ers Academy, Willow Oaks, Luther Burbank, and Clyde L. Fischer.
Our Founder, Riki Ellison, played for the San Francisco 49ers in the 1980s, winning three Super Bowls Championships with their iconic teams, so the Stanford program has the benefit of an especially strong partnership with its NFL partner. The Stanford YIP has the support of the San Francisco 49ers Academy, which includes Stanford Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby, Stanford Head Coach David Shaw, San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh, and other representatives from the 49ers.