Wendy Tokuda

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.


Antonio Gonzales. (CBS SF)

Determined Richmond Student With 16 Housemates And No Home Computer Maintains Near-Perfect GPA

One Richmond high school student with a near-perfect GPA manages to get his homework done despite having no home computer and 16 housemate.


Ginger Chicken Jook (Rice Porridge) (credit: Chow.com)

Wendy Tokuda’s Recipe For Her Thanksgiving ‘Jook’

KPIX 5’s Wendy Tokuda shares a recipe of her favorite Thanksgiving meal…


Anthony Cornejo, Students Rising Above

Hard-Working Oakland Teen On Path Toward College While Providing For His Family

On 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.


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.”



SRA: Donate & Get Involved

Find out how to donate or participate in the Students Rising Above program and help send kids to college.



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