Wendy Tokuda

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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

Students Rising Above

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

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

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

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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.

11/24/2014

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…

11/12/2014

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.

11/11/2014

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.

03/14/2014

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