Students Rising Above

SABRINA VILLANUEVA AVALOS

With Her Homelessness Kept Secret, Peninsula Student Now First In Her Family To Attend College

The odds were stacked against her: family health problems, homelessness. But Bay Area teen Sabrina Avalos is finding a way to...

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Edward Nguyen working full-time at a law firm.

Family Setbacks Won’t Stop Star Student Edward Nguyen From Being A Success

What had been a crisis turned into a liberating experience for Edward Nguyen.

(CBS SF)

San Rafael Teen Worked Full-Time At McDonald’s To Support Himself

Seventeen-year-old Olman Lopez is financially on his own. No welfare and no support from his parents. He’s been working at McDonald’s full time since he was 15.

Antonio Gonzales. (CBS SF)

Determined Richmond Student With 16 Housemates And No Home Computer Maintains Near-Perfect GPA

One Richmond high school student with a near-perfect GPA manages to get his homework done despite having no home computer and 16 housemate.

Anthony Cornejo, Students Rising Above

Hard-Working Oakland Teen On Path Toward College While Providing For His Family

On Saturday mornings while most teenagers are sleeping in, Anthony Cornejo, is busy working at a small computer repair shop in Oakland. He also works Sundays at a flea market because his family needs the money. For Anthony, family is everything.

Sharit Contreras Lopez (L) helps her mother clean a client's home. (CBS)

Oakland High Schooler Learns Hard Work Ethic From Ailing Mother; Overcomes Odds On Way To College

At 8:30AM on a Saturday morning, while most kids are still sleeping, Sharit Cardenas Lopez is busy helping her mom clean a client’s home.

Abraham Wordsworth

Students Rising Above: Abraham Wordsworth

OAKLAND (KPIX) — In a small apartment on International Boulevard in East Oakland, Abraham Wordsworth works quietly on his homework. In the background, he can hear the small but clear voice of his grandmother singing […]

(CBS SF)

Cal Student Rising Above Supports Disabled Mom With Cisco Internship

Growing up in East Palo Alto, Markel Moore says he’s had to work hard for everything — like becoming the first in his family to go to college and earning the scholarships to pay for it.

Imani Evans cares for her mother while on a break from Humboldt State University. (CBS)

Student Rising Above Takes Care Of Mom, Academics At Same Time

Imani Evans has grown up watching diabetes devastate her mother, one complication at a time.

Lorna Contreras

Former Student Rising Above Comes Full Circle To Lead Others In Helping Those In Need

For Lorna Contreras-Townsend working for Students Rising Above is much more than a job. Ten years ago, she was a student rising above herself.

Andre Gomes interns at NASA (CBS)

Student Rising Above Goes From ‘Vagabond’ To College-Bound NASA Intern

Andre Gomes is only 18-years-old but he already has hands-on experience with rocket science, as an intern at NASA. It was the perfect summer experience for someone like Andre, who wants to be an engineer.

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