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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.
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.
Concord Man, Former Afghan Refugee Now A Reporter Covering US Presidential CampaignA man who survived the Afghanistan War and refugee ordeal as a child and became a top scholar after settling with his family in the East Bay is now a reporter covering the US presidential campaign for CBS News.
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.
Helping Marginalized Becomes Quest For Bay Area Student Who Emerged From His Own DepthsA college-bound Bay Area high school grad has already established a budding career in advocating for those in need after overcoming an upbringing that sometimes made him question himself.
Hayward Scholar Overcomes Childhood Struggles To Become 1st In Family To Attend CollegeOn a recent school day, Briseida Ayala and her classmates mulled over an age-old question many consider to be the central issue of psychology: the debate of nature verses nurture. It's was a classroom discussion that hit close to home for the UC Berkeley-bound high school senior.
Family Struggles Drive Oakland Scholar's Passion For Education, Community ActivismAlejandra Herrera isn't afraid to stand up for herself and others. At a recent rally celebrating Oakland's 510 day, the 18-year-old college-bound senior took the lead as youth coordinator for Urban Peace Movement, a non-profit that serves communities of color.