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Char'Leen Craner

Student Overcomes Drug-Ravaged Home, Absent Parents To Graduate From UC Berkeley

Graduating from the University of California, Berkeley is not just an academic accomplishment or simply a milestone. For Char’Leen Craner, it is a life event she made happen with willpower and grit.

06/18/2015

Lily Eagle Colby (CBS)

Berkeley Woman Attains Degrees From Boalt Law School, Yale Following Childhood In Multiple Foster Homes

After moving through seven or eight foster homes as a child, Lily Eagle Colby is graduating from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Law School, and already has a degree from Yale.

06/12/2015

Students Rising Above

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.

05/08/2015

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.

04/05/2015

(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.

04/01/2015

(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.

02/09/2015

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.

01/26/2015

Gail Diserens welcomes Nick Lyons for a visit. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Puts Students On Track To College Success

This week’s Jefferson Award winner is a champion of students who are overcoming great obstacles. Gail Diserens volunteers behind the scenes. She helps students realize their dreams of graduating from college, so they can give back to their community.

12/10/2014

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.

11/24/2014

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.

11/11/2014

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