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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 5–04/13/2011


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 5–04/08/2011

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 5–04/04/2011

Student Rising Above John Kennedy (CBS)

Student Rising Above Overcomes Violent Childhood On Way To College

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.

KPIX 5–03/31/2011

Student Rising Above Char-Leen Craner (CBS)

Student Rising Above Saves Oakland Family Ravaged By Drugs

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.

KPIX 5–03/18/2011

Student Rising Above Moneace Smith (CBS)

Students Rising Above: Drive For Education Overpowers Abuse

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.

KPIX 5–03/17/2011