Students Rising Above

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...

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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.

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.