East Bay Student Becomes Coding Whiz After Tough ChildhoodTechnology is more than a hobby for Abel Regalado. It’s his salvation.
From Top Student To Rock Bottom, Richmond Teen Now Back On Road To SuccessOnly a few years ago, Richmond's John F. Kennedy High School student Alejandra Pulido didn’t even give college a thought. But now she tells us, “a lot has changed,” which is no understatement.
Oakland Teen Emerges From Abuse, Homelessness To Become Honor StudentA teenager who endured years of abuse, a broken family and homelessness has left her past behind and is now envisioning a future full of possibilities.
Family Dream Carries Immigrant Through Hardship To UC Santa Cruz DiplomaShe didn’t speak any English when she arrived in the Bay Area at the age of 14. Through many hardships, including poverty and isolation, Ana Avalos has become the first in her family to graduate from college.
Cal Grad Student, Victim Of Broken Home, Now Child Social Welfare SpecialistSophie is in a unique position for the work that she does. She supports many young people who, like her, come from broken families.
Student Overcomes Homelessness, Domestic Violence To Become OverachieverBy her professional-looking demeanor, you’d never guess she survived childhood challenges that could be enough to make an adult lose hope.
Students Learn Leadership Skills In SF City Internship ProgramTwo Students Rising Above participants are finding out the inner workings of city government and critical leadership skills through a unique college intership program.
East Oakland Student Writing Her Own Story After A Challenging ChildhoodIt takes some imagination to write a story involving a catapult. That was the assignment the day as we visited 826 Valencia, the storied non-profit that teaches low-income kids how to write.
Bay Area Student Overcomes Broken Family Scars To Graduate, Enter WorkforceFirst impressions can often tell a lot about a person. In Jessamine Zamora’s case however, the first impression she made on her soon-to-be supervisor told only half her story.
Bay Area Student Rebounds From Family Strife, Scholarship Loss; Diploma Now In SightA Bay Area student who appeared to have his college dreams shattered has overcome the loss of his university scholarship and is months away from being the first in his family to graduate from college.
East Bay Student Overcomes Years Of Hardship To Become Family's 1st College GradRaymone Lacy made history for his family in 2016, becoming the first to graduate from college - and not just any college, but the University of California, Berkeley. His degree is in Media Studies, but his accomplishment is much more significant than that.
SF Man Is Family's 1st College Graduate After Overcoming Troubled Childhood

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