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.
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.
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.
To find San Francisco native Tyre Ellison now, you would have to go to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he is a fellow with the prestigious Coro Fellows Program. It is a nine-month, graduate-level program in leadership training, and a long way from the Sunnydale Projects where he grew up.
In one of San Francisco’s toughest neighborhoods, Student Rising Above Vivan San has carved out her own place for peace and the pursuit of an education.
This week’s Student Rising Above excels at school to honor his parents, and the family he lost in the killing fields of Cambodia.
Musadiq Bidar never saw the inside of a classroom until middle school, but he overcame the late start and a childhood full of Taliban violence to become a Student Rising Above.
The 2011 class of Bay Area Students Rising Above have often overcome family lives full of violence, neglect, drug abuse and poverty on their way to academic success. In the case of John Kennedy, he faced all of those obstacles while still caring for his younger siblings.
Char-Leen Craner remembers a time when her childhood seemed perfect, before drugs threatened to completely tear her home apart. Now this Student Rising Above is trying to rebuild a family for her siblings and herself through education.
School has always been the safest place in Moneace Smith’s life. She grew up in the notorious Sunnydale projects. But the danger was at home with her mom. Now she’s overcome that adversity to create a bright future for herself through education.