Oakland Engineer, Rising Star Overcomes Lack Of Parental, Financial SupportAn Boeing engineer from Oakland who benefited from the Students Rising Above program described his challenging upbringing at the group's recent fundraiser.
Concord Standout Student Overcomes Father's Death, Poverty, ViolenceGrowing up without a father while living in dire straits amid violence did not dissuade this Student Rising Above from becoming a standout student headed to college.
Escaping Gang Influence, Family Dysfunction; SoCal Student Excels In Bay AreaA teenager who once believed his future was a dead end is the top student in his class after a change of scenery from SoCal to the Bay Area.
SF Honors Student Helps Raise Siblings, Overcomes Abuse On Way To CollegeA teenager who helped raise his younger siblings - and survived an abusive father and thoughts of suicide - is among the newest Student Rising Above.
Bay Area Students Turning Life's Hardships Into Academic Excellence90 percent of our Students Rising Above scholars graduate college within four-and-a-half years. Here's an update on two students are on their way to that success: Tommy Saephan and Damont Hardnett.
Still Rising: Bay Area Students Continue Overcoming Long OddsIt’s a new year and a good time to check in on three of our rising stars who are now in college: one who had to work full-time to support himself, another who rose above homelessness, and a third who talked himself out of suicide after coming out.
Oakland Teen Takes Charge Of Family Amid Crises, Continues To Excel In SchoolFrom taking care of her cancer-stricken mother, to raising her siblings, to performing household chores normally done by a parent, an Oakland high school student is amazing and inspiring to those around her.
Redwood City Teen Overcomes Bullying To Help Other VictimsJulissa Cruz Guitierrez looks confident and in control as she and her team partner stand in front of their AP Government class, leading a discussion.
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.