Students Rising Above

Oakland Student Excels After Grandmother Steps In For Missing ParentsWhen Tanesha Walker crossed the stage during graduation ceremonies at UCLA, this year, she carried a lot of people with her. “I do feel like a lot of people just helped me across the journey,” she said.
SJSU Grad's Life Journey Fit For Movie Script; Cannes Entry Helping Foster YouthMonical Lewelling's life journey is a lesson to others in perseverance and overcoming odds - as well as the inspiration of an award-winning short film,
Oakland Students Using 'Life-Changing' Medical Internships To Springboard Into SuccessJorge Ruiz and Yessenia Reyna were two Students Rising Above who spent the summer as interns with the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute.
SF Student Rising Above Fends Off Hunger, Homelessness Risk To Set Example Of College Success For FamilyAt a small liberal arts school in Minnesota, Jacky Lu did something no one else in his family has done before: he graduated from Carleton College with a degree in Biology.
Students Rising Above Teach Low-Income Kids How To Code
Concord Man From Afghanistan Survives Taliban War, Refugee Desperation To Graduate From CollegeAfter surviving war in his homeland as a boy along with years as a refugee in hopeless conditions, a young Afghan man whose family resettled in Concord has graduated from college and is now setting his sights even higher.
Bay Area Teens Overcome Poverty, Hardship On Way College Education100 percent of the teenagers in the Students Rising Above program are graduating and headed to college. Here are three of their stories.
Richmond Teen Had To Grow Up Fast, Fighting Poverty To Excel At School - And LifePrecious Jacques is a star student at Pinole Valley High. At school, her teachers see a talented pupil with a bright future but her home life has been anything but easy.
San Rafael Student's Journey To Graduation Began In Guatemala With Her Mother's MurderDeborah "Gaby" Gonzalez is set to begin classes at Brandeis University this fall but her remarkable story began in poverty and violence in her native Guatemala.
Student Whose Parent's Escaped From War-Torn Cambodia Joins Successful Silicon Valley StartupSumat Lam's story began in Cambodia, where he escaped the killing fields. With help from Students Rising Above, he made it through Stanford.
Bay Area Student Rose Above Poverty To Success As New York Attorney Helping The PoorA former SRA, alum himself, New York attorney Patrick Armstrong returned to the Bay Area to deliver an inspiring speech to a sold-out audience at the Students Rising Above gala.
Homeless Student Who Lived In A San Jose Barbershop Graduates Law School, Now Helps The PoorPatrick Armstrong was often homeless and sometimes hungry, as he grew up in San Jose, living in the barbershop where his parents worked. Now, he's graduated law school and working to help the poor, thanks to Students Rising Above.
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