Students Rising Above

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.
Oakland Student Achieves Success Despite Financial Woes, Absent ParentsAn East Bay teenager is rising above challenges at home to find great success at school, growing up without her parents and balancing two very different worlds.
East Oakland Student Eyes College After Excelling In Dangerous EnvironmentA straight-A student from East Oakland is setting her sights on college even as she deals with the daily threat of violence in her community.
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.

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