Claire Williams Swims from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park to Benefit Youth Treatment and Education Center of San Francisco.

On September 8th, 2012 at 6:45am, when most people will still be sleeping, Claire Williams and her sister Mary Turner will be entering the shark-infested waters of the San Francisco Bay to raise money for Youth Treatment and Education Center ("YTEC") of San Francisco. Claire, a board member of YTEC, and her always-supportive sister, Mary, have agreed to brace frigid waters, dodge shipping tankers, windsurfers, and yes, sharks, to swim from Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park, all for the benefit of YTEC. YTEC began in 1997 by Judge Ina Gyemant, and partners with the San Francisco district attorney, public defender, juvenile probation and unified school district to provide a therapeutic, rehabilitative alternative to incarceration for high school students on probation. YTEC's mission is to promote the long-term health, academic, economic and social well-being of juvenile offenders and their families by breaking the cycle of poverty, substance abuse, violence and incarceration. The YTEC model successfully turns young lives around in a positive direction by building strong, positive relationships in a structured, nurturing environment. Independent, objective assessments consistently reflect the success of YTEC's model by a decrease in recidivism and an increase in high school graduation rates. Most importantly, many of YTEC's graduates demonstrate a desire to remain involved with the program by mentoring current students, and have expressed that YTEC literally saved their lives.

PLEASE SUPPORT CLAIRE AND MARY as they swim to raise money for the youth of YTEC. The swim is 1.25 miles; consider sponsoring Claire and Mary at $10, $25, $50, $100 or $1,000 per quarter mile, or you can make a flat sponsorship as an alternative. Their goal is to raise $15,000 for YTEC - don't miss this opportunity to be a positive influence in the lives of San Francisco's most vulnerable youth.

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    YTEC transforms the lives of San Francisco's most vulnerable juvenile offenders by providing a therapeutic alternative to incarceration.
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