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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.
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.
Teen Scholar Seeks To Help Others After Overcoming Family StrugglesLike many children whose parents have split up, one South Bay scholar has struggled with his family's changed structure, but he decided early he would be a support for others in the same situation.
Former NFL Player Goes Beyond Fulfilled Promises To Make Impact On Young MindsWhen we first met Eddie Williams, he was a teenage football star with big dreams of playing for the NFL. But Williams' soft-spoken ways belied a maturity gained through unspeakable hardship.
San Francisco Teen Scholar's Bout With Homelessness Solidifies Her School, Work Ethic