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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.


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Students 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Tyre Ellison, Students Rising Above

From SF’s Mean Streets To Academic Heights

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.


Student Rising Above Vivian San (CBS 5)

Students Rising Above: Thirst For Knowledge Trumps Tough SF Neighborhood

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.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/13/2011


Student Rising Above Honors Family With Accomplishments

This week’s Student Rising Above excels at school to honor his parents, and the family he lost in the killing fields of Cambodia.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/08/2011

Student Rising Above Musadiq Bidar (CBS)

Concord Teen Escapes Taliban Violence To Become Student Rising Above

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.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/04/2011