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Bay Area Woman Pays Forward The Mentoring She Once ReceivedA Bay Area woman who persevered through troubling times as a student is now working to encourage and train young Latinos to become active in mental health care outreach, giving back to the community in which she grew up.
Oakland Scholar Learns Life Lessons From Troubled Older SiblingDuring her childhood Jocelyn Gama watched her older brother make some poor life decisions. As a result, Gama has been determined to make her own life's path a positive one.
UC Berkeley Graduation Is Latest Success For Former Refugee From ThailandDuring his childhood, Tommy Saephan's immigrant family struggled to make their way in America. Now, he and his family are celebrating his emergence as a top scholar and UC Berkeley graduate.
Teen Turns From Tragedy, Substance Abuse Into Family Success StoryA Bay Area student was in a downward spiral following a family tragedy. She turned it around after applying for and getting a scholarship through the Students Rising Above program.
College Grad's Networking Pays Off With Job Referral, HiringA Bay Area college grad learned the power of networking when she landed her first job with the help of a fellow Students Rising Above alumnus.
SF Gala Celebrates Students Achieving College Dreams Against All OddsPast and present Students Rising Above scholars gathered to celebrate an organization that has helped 750 students achieve their college dreams.
Oakland Grad Helps Maintain Family Ice Cream Business Amid Budding Finance CareerOn campus, Evelyn Montiel was an A-student and class president. But at home she was in survival mode, working long nights at the ice cream stand, fighting to keep her family's business alive.
Raised By Sister, Bay Area Student Thrives After Loss Of ParentsWith a big time love for rock music, Antonio Santeliz is teaching himself how to the electric guitar; he has had to learn a lot on his own since the loss of his parents.
Grandmom Steers Richmond Student Through Challenges Onto College TrackMoving in with his grandmother became a Richmond student's salvation; giving him stability and a shot at academic success.
After Years Of Changing Schools, College Comes Into Focus For Bay Area StudentAfter a childhood marked by constant upheaval and changing schools, a Bay Area student is closing in on the prize, a college admission.
Bay Area Scholars With Eyes On Prize Tackle College ApplicationsThis new year is filled with anticipation. In the fall, these Class of 2018 Students Rising Above scholars will begin a new chapter: college.
Students Rising Above Holiday SpecialWe're always reminded during the holiday season of the importance of giving back and, as KPIX 5's Sherry Hu shows us, scholars and graduates of Students Rising Above truly embrace that spirit.

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