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Bay Area Teens Overcome Poverty, Hardship On Way College Education

100 percent of the teenagers in the Students Rising Above program are graduating and headed to college. Here are three of their stories.

07/01/2015

Precious Jacques

Richmond Teen Had To Grow Up Fast, Fighting Poverty To Excel At School – And Life

Precious 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.

05/22/2015

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San Rafael Student’s Journey To Graduation Began In Guatemala With Her Mother’s Murder

Deborah “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.

05/08/2015

Sumat Lam. (CBS SF)

Student Whose Parent’s Escaped From War-Torn Cambodia Joins Successful Silicon Valley Startup

Sumat Lam’s story began in Cambodia, where he escaped the killing fields. With help from Students Rising Above, he made it through Stanford.

05/01/2015

Patrick Armstrong

Bay Area Student Rose Above Poverty To Success As New York Attorney Helping The Poor

A 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.

04/05/2015

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Homeless Student Who Lived In A San Jose Barbershop Graduates Law School, Now Helps The Poor

Patrick 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.

04/01/2015

Charity helps at-risk youth graduate (Photo Credit: Thinkstock)

Graduation Rates Sore For At-Risk Student Program Participants

A San Francisco non-profit has a 100 percent college acceptance rate for the underprivileged high school kids it supports.

03/11/2015

Nathan Porras

Once Homeless Peninsula Student Comes Full Circle, Helping Others Find Housing

When we first met Nathan six years ago, he was basically homeless. He has come full circle and a perfect employee for the job because he understands what his clients going through.

03/10/2015

Regino Rodriguez. (CBS)

Gay, Latino Santa Rosa Student Overcomes Adversity To Become 1st In His Family To Attend College

SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — During his lunch break at Roseland University Prep in Santa Rosa, Regino Rodriguez meets with the Social Justice Club. He has a lot to share.  He is Latino and comes […]

02/26/2015

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Alumni At Oakland’s Fremont High Help Fill In The Gaps

The books and papers sit in stacks on the floor in the library at Fremont High in East Oakland, while many of the shelves are empty. It’s been shut down for more than six years.

02/09/2015

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