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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.

09/09/2014

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.

08/19/2014

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.

08/14/2014

Deja Sims (CBS)

Despite Absent Parents, Shuttling Between Homes, Resilient East Palo Alto HS Grad Heads To Wesleyan

Deja sums up her attitude this way: “Knowing everything I’ve been through and knowing that I can continue to keep going. That’s resilience. That’s my favorite word, resilence.”

08/08/2014

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Students Rising Above Sometimes Forced To Overcome PTSD

Living around violence in the inner city is making children sick. Kids living in high crime areas have a higher rate of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than soldiers because they are living in “virtual combat zones”, according to Dr. Howard Spivak of the Centers for Disease Control.

06/26/2014

Students Rising Above

Student Rising Above Gets Help With Health Before Fulfilling Promise In The Classroom

Now she is the Student Programs Coordinator for the SRA. The program helped her graduate from St. Mary’s College in the East Bay and Contreras knows firsthand that it took far more than just academic support and scholarships.

05/23/2014

Brenda Vasquez, Students Rising Above (CBS)

Berkeley Teen Manages Ailing Mother, Household, In Addition To Being Standout Student

Most parents know how hard it is to get a fourth-grader to clean their room. But what if they had to clean the whole house, cook, and take care of an invalid parent? That is what happened to Brenda Vasquez, a Student Rising Above who is a senior now at Berkeley High.

04/22/2014

Donza Pitre, Students Rising Above

Oakland Teen Overcomes Post-Traumatic Stress, Heads To College

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 30% of inner-city children suffer PTSD. Donza Pitre may be one of the few who was actually treated for it, after she was diagnosed at about 13 years of age.

03/14/2014

Student Rising Above Yaqiao Li (CBS)

Finding Career, Personal Success After Graduating From Cal

Yaqiao Li proudly wears the white coat of a research associate as she gazes into a microscope at the Gladstone Institute, affiliated with UCSF. She’s studying how the molecules in the brain work, specifically, what causes degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

11/25/2013

Tanea Lunsford seen graduating from Columbia University (CBS)

Student Rising Above Works To Help Others After Conquering Columbia

Tanea Lunsford became the first in her family to graduate from college this year- not just any college, but Columbia University. It was a leap for a kid with no money who had to grow up without her parents.

11/08/2013

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