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Anonymous Donors Wipe Out College Debt For 400 Bay Area Students Who Rose AboveA group of anonymous donors, moved by stories of students overcoming the direst of circumstances to succeed in their college and work careers, has given hundreds of them an eye-popping gift which could move them to even higher levels.
UC Berkeley Student Learns To Adapt, Stays Engaged With Video-Blogging During Shelter-In-PlaceLike many college kids, Jocelyn Gama is studying online at home, but she's also found a creative way to stay in touch with others as we all shelter in place.
Students Rising Above Organization Helping Lift Struggling Students During Coronavirus PandemicWhen we first met Students Rising Above Scholar Ysabella Donlan last fall, the then 21-year-old junior was looking forward to the year ahead at University of California, Santa Cruz. Now she's at home, finishing her classes on line, far away from her support system at school. It's a situation she never expected to be in, and one she has found to be difficult.
Coronavirus Update: East Bay Reporter, Former War Refugee Offers Perspective On Sheltering In PlaceAs a young child Musadiq Bidar lived through a war in his home country, and he has some words of wisdom and comfort for those struggling with the current coronavirus pandemic, and shelter-in-place order.
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.