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Bay Area College Grad Aims to Use Music for Activism, Social ChangeFor many of us, music can be a source of healing, stress relief and - of course - happiness and joy. But for San Francisco native John-Paul Mackey or J.P. as he likes to be called, music is his chosen tool for social change and community understanding.
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.
Bay Area Scholars 'Walk the Walk' To Support Community That Helped Them SucceedFor more than 20 years, KPIX 5 has brought viewers the stories of Students Rising Above scholars. These amazing young people have faced incredible challenges on the way to college success and beyond. Recently, the organization held its annual fundraiser, which was also a heartfelt homecoming for some very special SRA alums.
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.
East Bay Scholar Envisions Career Helping, Defending Others After Father Receives 2nd ChanceThere's a special kind of trauma children separated from a parent can experience, the effects of which sometimes linger for years. Priscilla Cardenas has experienced both heartache and healing as her dad left - and then came back into her life.
East Bay Student-Athlete, Father Team Up For Her SuccessFor some Students Rising Above Scholars their story is as much about them as it is their family. And that is certainly the case with Naja Ji Jaga and her father, Dedan.
USF Student Glad To Be Staying Home With Mom After Surviving Tough Times TogetherFor some Students Rising Above scholars, going away to school is a dream-come-true. But for Versia Gipson, home is where she wants to be, with her mom who also happens to be her best friend. The University of San Francisco sophomore and her mom Alice Gipson are the best of friends.
North Bay Student Maximus Vega Overcame Huge Obstacles To ExcelIf this Students Rising Above story were a movie, it would probably be more of a buddy film than an action thriller. Either way, it would have two leads, each sharing the role of hero.