Students Rising Above
Our Featured Students
- Richmond Teen Had To Grow Up Fast, Fighting Poverty To Excel At School - And Life Precious Jacques is a star student at Pinole Valley High. At school, her teachers see a talented pupil with a bright future but her home life has been anything but easy.
- San Rafael Student's Journey To Graduation Began In Guatemala With Her Mother's Murder Deborah "Gaby" Gonzalez is set to begin classes at Brandeis University this fall but her remarkable story began in poverty and violence in her native Guatemala.
- Student Whose Parent's Escaped From War-Torn Cambodia Joins Successful Silicon Valley Startup Sumat Lam's story began in Cambodia, where he escaped the killing fields. With help from Students Rising Above, he made it through Stanford.
- Bay Area Student Rose Above Poverty To Success As New York Attorney Helping The Poor A former SRA, alum himself, New York attorney Patrick Armstrong returned to the Bay Area to deliver an inspiring speech to a sold-out audience at the Students Rising Above gala.
- Homeless Student Who Lived In A San Jose Barbershop Graduates Law School, Now Helps The Poor Patrick Armstrong was often homeless and sometimes hungry, as he grew up in San Jose, living in the barbershop where his parents worked. Now, he's graduated law school and working to help the poor, thanks to Students Rising Above.