Honors Student Sees Past Violence, Poverty To Lift Up Her East Palo Alto CommunityA honors student from East Palo Alto has seen violence, poverty and drug abuse ravage her city, but she part of the city's resurgence and revival.
Tragedy, Hardship Overcome By Oakland Student On Way To CollegeWork, commitment, and the example of other family members have helped an Oakland high school student overcome hardship and tragedy to become a top scholar headed to college.
Former Homeless Student Earns Master's, Works To Help OthersMoving day is a thrill for any first time homebuyer, but for someone who was once homeless, it is much more than that.
Oakland Engineer, Rising Star Overcomes Lack Of Parental, Financial SupportAn Boeing engineer from Oakland who benefited from the Students Rising Above program described his challenging upbringing at the group's recent fundraiser.
Concord Standout Student Overcomes Father's Death, Poverty, ViolenceGrowing up without a father while living in dire straits amid violence did not dissuade this Student Rising Above from becoming a standout student headed to college.
Escaping Gang Influence, Family Dysfunction; SoCal Student Excels In Bay AreaA teenager who once believed his future was a dead end is the top student in his class after a change of scenery from SoCal to the Bay Area.
SF Honors Student Helps Raise Siblings, Overcomes Abuse On Way To CollegeA teenager who helped raise his younger siblings - and survived an abusive father and thoughts of suicide - is among the newest Student Rising Above.
Bay Area Students Turning Life's Hardships Into Academic Excellence90 percent of our Students Rising Above scholars graduate college within four-and-a-half years. Here's an update on two students are on their way to that success: Tommy Saephan and Damont Hardnett.
Still Rising: Bay Area Students Continue Overcoming Long OddsIt’s a new year and a good time to check in on three of our rising stars who are now in college: one who had to work full-time to support himself, another who rose above homelessness, and a third who talked himself out of suicide after coming out.
Orphaned Refugee From Central America Becomes San Jose AttorneyStudents Rising Above alumnus Hector Rodriguez, who came to the U.S. as an orphan, is now officially an attorney at law, recently having passed the California bar exam.
Oakland Teen Takes Charge Of Family Amid Crises, Continues To Excel In SchoolFrom taking care of her cancer-stricken mother, to raising her siblings, to performing household chores normally done by a parent, an Oakland high school student is amazing and inspiring to those around her.
Redwood City Teen Overcomes Bullying To Help Other VictimsJulissa Cruz Guitierrez looks confident and in control as she and her team partner stand in front of their AP Government class, leading a discussion.