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East Bay Woman Becomes Law Apprentice With Motivation From Lawyer Who Represented Her In Sex Assault CaseIt was an emotional reunion for a lawyer and her former client as they saw each other for the first time in ten years. Students Rising Above Scholar Donzah Pitre and Alameda County District Attorney Briggette Lowe wept as they embraced, recalling the dark time that brought them together,
College Grad's Biracial Identity Inspires Her To Teach Others About Diversity, AcceptanceStudents Rising Above's Nyia Roberts is planning on social work as a career so she can teach young people about acceptance and diversity. And she says she's ready for the next time someone questions who she is.
Mother, Daughter Overcome Years Of Homelessness To Both Excel In CollegeFor Miranna Lindberg and her mom Wendy, making a meal in their own kitchen is something neither takes for granted.
Jocelyn Vega Overcomes Mother's Domestic Violence Death To Help OthersJocelyn Vega relies on her deep faith and family to help ease the pain she feels over the loss of her mom. How she lost her mom is almost incomprehensible, because it was Jocelyn's own father who took her mother's life.
Bridging Language Barriers For Others Drives UC Davis Student Toward Greater HeightsRamón Zermeño greets patients every week at Clínica Tepati, a free health care clinic serving the Sacramento area. He's fluent in Spanish. It's a skill his patients appreciate.
Student Inspires Others By Speaking Out On Loved One's Mental Health Struggles17-year-old Lupe Barron made the decision to speak about her family member's journey. Her efforts inspired classmates and teachers.
Peninsula Scholar Returns To Her Childhood School To TeachBrenda De Jesus Acosta is working her dream job, student teaching at Alvin Hatch elementary in Half Moon Bay. It's the very same school she attended as a child.
San Jose Scholar Uses Photography To Help Overcome Eating Disorder, Help OthersIt's estimated that as many as eight million Americans suffer from an eating disorder. And nearly 90 percent of those affected report that their illness started before the age of 20. Paulo Orozco is one of those young people.
Rising Scholar Overcomes Severe Childhood Challenges, Sees Bright FutureYsabella Donlan is excited about her future after maneuvering a challenging and heartbreaking past.
1st In Family To Reach College, Bay Area Biotech Intern Nears GraduationWhen she started at University of California, San Diego, Marlen Canales experienced more than her fair share of first-year college jitters.
Student Who Turned Her Academic Career Around Now Helping Other Students In NeedA Bay Area scholar who overcame family strife and difficult days at school is now headed to college and is mentoring other students in need.
Donors Meet Students They've Helped To Get Into College At Salesforce EventSweet smiles and happy families are what the camera captures when a Students Rising Above scholar fulfills their college dream. The cap and gown and the pomp and circumstance are all part of the experience. But what most do not see are the shoulders SRA scholars are standing on, those of the donors who have kept the non-profit running.