Students Rising Above

Precious Jacques

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...

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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.

Sumat Lam. (CBS SF)

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.

Patrick Armstrong

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.

(KPIX)

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.

Nathan Porras

Once Homeless Peninsula Student Comes Full Circle, Helping Others Find Housing

When we first met Nathan six years ago, he was basically homeless. He has come full circle and a perfect employee for the job because he understands what his clients going through.

Regino Rodriguez. (CBS)

Gay, Latino Santa Rosa Student Overcomes Adversity To Become 1st In His Family To Attend College

SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — During his lunch break at Roseland University Prep in Santa Rosa, Regino Rodriguez meets with the Social Justice Club. He has a lot to share.  He is Latino and comes […]

(CBS SF)

Alumni At Oakland’s Fremont High Help Fill In The Gaps

The books and papers sit in stacks on the floor in the library at Fremont High in East Oakland, while many of the shelves are empty. It’s been shut down for more than six years.

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 overcome — and thrive.

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.