SF Student Rising Above Fends Off Hunger, Homelessness Risk To Set Example Of College Success For FamilyAt a small liberal arts school in Minnesota, Jacky Lu did something no one else in his family has done before: he graduated from Carleton College with a degree in Biology.
Students Rising Above Teach Low-Income Kids How To Code
Concord Man From Afghanistan Survives Taliban War, Refugee Desperation To Graduate From CollegeAfter surviving war in his homeland as a boy along with years as a refugee in hopeless conditions, a young Afghan man whose family resettled in Concord has graduated from college and is now setting his sights even higher.
Student Overcomes Drug-Ravaged Home, Absent Parents To Graduate From UC BerkeleyGraduating 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.
Berkeley Woman Attains Degrees From Boalt Law School, Yale Following Childhood In Multiple Foster HomesAfter 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.
San Rafael Student's Journey To Graduation Began In Guatemala With Her Mother's MurderDeborah "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.
Bay Area Student Rose Above Poverty To Success As New York Attorney Helping The PoorA 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 PoorPatrick 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.
Alumni At Oakland's Fremont High Help Fill In The GapsThe 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.
With Her Homelessness Kept Secret, Peninsula Student Now First In Her Family To Attend CollegeThe odds were stacked against her: family health problems, homelessness. But Bay Area teen Sabrina Avalos is finding a way to overcome -- and thrive.
Jefferson Award Winner Puts Students On Track To College SuccessThis 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.
Determined Richmond Student With 16 Housemates And No Home Computer Maintains Near-Perfect GPAOne Richmond high school student with a near-perfect GPA manages to get his homework done despite having no home computer and 16 housemate.