Wendy Tokuda

Donza Pitre, Students Rising Above

Oakland Teen Overcomes Post-Traumatic Stress, Heads To College

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 30% of inner-city children suffer PTSD. Donza Pitre may be one of the few who was actually treated for it, after she was diagnosed at about 13 years of age.


Tommy Saephan (CBS)

Student Rising Above: Laos Refugee, Domestic Violence Survivor Becomes Honors Student

Dinnertime at the Saephan home is bustling, with 9 people to feed, including parents, teenagers, a wiggly toddler and newborn baby. Tommy Saephan has been living here with his aunt and uncle since middle school. It is exactly what he needed. “They’ve given me hope,” says Tommy. “I think that’s the biggest thing they could give to me. Hope.”



Students Rising Above Is Success Through Education

Students Rising Above is a KPIX 5 series by Wendy Tokuda profiling at-risk Bay Area high school students who overcome the odds.


Student Rising Above John Kennedy (CBS)

Student Rising Above Overcomes Violent Childhood On Way To College

The 2011 class of Bay Area Students Rising Above have often overcome family lives full of violence, neglect, drug abuse and poverty on their way to academic success. In the case of John Kennedy, he faced all of those obstacles while still caring for his younger siblings.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–03/31/2011


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