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.
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.
Once Homeless Peninsula Student Comes Full Circle, Helping Others Find HousingWhen 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.
Determined Richmond Student With 16 Housemates And No Home Computer Maintains Near-Perfect GPAOne Richmond high school student with a near-perfect GPA manages to get his homework done despite having no home computer and 16 housemate.
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Hard-Working Oakland Teen On Path Toward College While Providing For His FamilyOn Saturday mornings while most teenagers are sleeping in, Anthony Cornejo, is busy working at a small computer repair shop in Oakland. He also works Sundays at a flea market because his family needs the money. For Anthony, family is everything.
Oakland Teen Overcomes Post-Traumatic Stress, Heads To CollegeThe 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.
Student Rising Above: Laos Refugee, Domestic Violence Survivor Becomes Honors StudentDinnertime 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.”
SRA: Donate & Get InvolvedFind out how to donate or participate in the Students Rising Above program and help send kids to college.