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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.
SRA Scholar Applies To California Colleges To Stay Close To Family In San FranciscoLike many high school seniors, San Francisco student Samir Hooker is finishing his last year virtually, studying at home due to COVID-19, while applying to colleges.
Students Rising Above Creates Online Forum With Social Justice FocusWith the COVID-19 pandemic keeping most students isolated from their social support systems, many now need a creative and constructive way to express their feelings about current events.
Oakland Teacher Relies On Personal Experiences To Relate To Her StudentsTeaching is a tough job even in the best of times, but with Covid-19, its challenges can seem overwhelming. Oakland middle school teacher Jasmine Mack understands this all too well.
SRA Scholar Jenny Hoang Bakes Up Comfort and Joy Beyond the ClassroomWhile Students Rising Above scholars are well known to be successful in school and beyond, some have hidden talents. Such was the case for Jenny Hoang who is a whiz when it comes to baking.
Oakland Entrepreneur Overcomes Adversity to Start New BusinessStarting a new business takes courage and Oakland-based entrepreneur LaTasha Brown has plenty.
Mom's Rare Condition Spurs SRA Scholar to Career in Medical ResearchSRA scholar Steven Palomares' passion for science is deeply personal with his own mother's health being a primary motivation.
SRA Scholar Returns to College, Finds Campus Transformed by COVID-19For her sophomore year, Students Rising Above scholar Madison Schmidt found a largely empty campus as her fellow students stay inside their dorm rooms, learn online and practice strict social distancing.
Oakland Lawyer Filling Need For African Americans Seeking Estate, Retirement Planning ServicesVerleana Green discovered that many African Americans don't have estate plans, and when they pass away the assets they do have are often tied up in probate court. Michelle Griego reports.
Oakland 1st Grade Teacher Longs For In-Person Instruction After Coming Full Circle To Her RootsFirst-grade teacher Tanesha Walker recently saw her new classroom for the very first time. The moment was met first with silence, then joy as she realized the room would be hers to decorate as she pleased.
Students Rising Above Annual Gala Fundraiser Goes Online With 'Hamilton' Star Darnell AbrahamIt was a much smaller affair than the galas of years past, but Students Rising Above's 17th annual fundraiser at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in San Francisco brought star power with a lot of heart.
Oakland Entrepreneur Walks The Walk When Advising On Overcoming Pandemic Impact On BusinessTevah El Emmet is a bit of a showman and definitely an entrepreneur. His tremendous communication skills and business acumen are on full display in a series of videos he produced that offer simple yet sound advice for small business owners hit hard by COVID-19.