Richmond College Grads Uplifts Her Hometown Through JournalismAs a DACA recipient, María Fernanda Bernal's passion for social justice is personal. And the young reporter's beat is her own backyard.
Students Rising Above: Oakland Scholar, Mom Share Strong BondMost parents hope when a child goes off to college they will hear from them at least once in a while. For Abigail Santiago, calling home is a daily comfort for both her and her family.
'Mayor Of The Mission' Helps Feed People Struggling To Survive During The PandemicThe man dubbed the Mayor of San Francisco's Mission District is known for protesting evictions and being a driving force behind the Carnaval parade and festival, which KPIX sponsors. But that is not the only reason why he is this week's Jefferson Award winner.
Students Rising Above: Oakland Scholar Finds Peace of Mind in NatureFor many people, being outside in nature can be a calming experience during tough times. That is also true for Students Rising Above scholar America Cadena, who has found her peace at a very special East Bay farm.
Jefferson Award Winner Aims To Bridge Digital Divide Among Bay Area High School StudentsWith very few California high school students being enrolled in computer science, this week's Jefferson Award winner heads a nonprofit aimed at bringing those numbers up and bridging the digital divide.
North Bay College Student Helps Fellow Scholars Reap Rewards Sowed By Immigrant ParentsMany young people struggle to fit in at college, but for first-generation students, basics like networking and even off-campus meals can be out of reach. It's a situation Students Rising Above scholar Cindy Escobar is seeking to change.
South Bay Woman Overcomes Childhood Tragedy to ExcelThis week's Students Rising Above scholar experienced a tragedy no child should ever have to go through when she was just six years old.
East Palo Alto Woman Channels Family Heartache Into Helping OthersCarina Bustos weathered a tough family break-up, but turned heartache into a passion for helping others.
Napa Scholar's Fighting Spirit Has Her Overcoming All ObstaclesClaudia Yanet Garcia has learned not to let anyone or anything hold her back; it's a can-do spirit that shines through in every part of her life, especially when she steps into the ring.
San Rafael High School Hero Springs Into Action To Save Life Of Man In DistressStudents Rising Above scholars are exceptional achievers at home, at school and in their communities but this week's scholar Nehemias Gramajo Signor is all that and more. He's also a hero because he saved a life.
Little Brother's Battle With Rare Disease Inspired Harvard-Bound San Jose High School StudentSeeing a loved one struggle with a serious illness is never easy. But if it's a child that's sick, the emotional impact can be even more devastating. But when Giselle Chiprez Ramirez saw her little brother Francisco hospitalized with a rare condition, she turned her concern for his health into motivation.
UC Berkeley Student Envisions Career Helping People Like Herself Achieve Despite ChallengesFor many students, graduating at the top of their high school class, then getting into their dream college is their top goal. But for Keila Audelina Calderón Ordoñez, success means putting her family and community first.
East Bay Scholar Presses On Through Online Learning; Seeks To Serve CommunityMany students are struggling with the stress that comes with online learning, but Miguel Angel Moya is using this time to reflect on how he can serve his community after graduation. Like most college students in California, Moya is spending his freshman year leaning into his computer for hours online. The 18-year-old human biology major is fatigued.
SRA: Teen's Battle To Keep Siblings Together Leads To Loving Adoptive HomeAndrea Taylor-Alarcón's journey with her new family has been filled with lots of love and special moments but also some heartbreak.
Students Rising Above: San Rafael Scholar Heads To Oxford For StudyThis week's Students Rising Above scholar has achieved amazing academic success here in the United States. Now she is headed to England, inspired by her family's journey and her own love of some very special literary characters.
Vallejo Animator Found Her Passion Despite Numerous HardshipsFor Lucy Lopez, art is an escape and a calling. But it's also a career choice the 19-year-old UC Merced student says she was discouraged from making.
UC Berkeley Grad Draws Comfort, Inspiration From Late Father During Trying TimesLosing a parent is one of the most traumatic events anyone will ever go through. So when Cynthia Ramirez-Parra saw her mother be hospitalized, she turned to what some may see as an unconventional place for comfort, her late father's graveside.