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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Philanthropy, Public Foundations, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Undergraduate Colleges

Mission: Students Rising Above helps exceptional low-income Bay Area high school students who are overcoming tremendous odds of poverty, homelessness, and neglect, to fulfill their dream of a college education. We provide the mentoring, financial assistance, and employment skills to be successful in school and in life.

Target demographics: low-income, first generation college students

Geographic areas served: the San Francisco Bay Area

Programs: college application assistance, pre-college readiness support, tuition assistance, career development workshops, paid summer internships, mentors and healthcare.

Community Stories

94 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a current volunteer and mentor for Students Rising Above, and since I've joined their volunteer team, I've had nothing but amazing experiences. Heather, the Program Manager, is super organized and quick to communicate upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. Their entire team of staff and volunteers are all truly dedicated to a common purpose, and it's apparent in everything they do -- from the mentoring program, to the workshops, to the annual gala. Throughout my past two years with this organization, I have seen the impact that SRA has had on hundreds of students. It is truly inspiring!! The mentoring program is more time intensive, as it requires one-on-one time with students in the program, and generally require a higher commitment on behalf of the mentors.But, there are a variety of one-day workshops where you can get involved without committing too much time. They have resume editors, one day interview prep workshops, a mock career fair, and an annual gala, that are all great ways to get involved with SRA while only taking one day of your time. If you have any interest in volunteering, I would definitely recommend this organization!

Jessica318

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered on and off with Students Rising Above for a number of years now. My volunteer activities have ranged from helping setup and serve guests at donor appreciation events to working one-on-one with students, preparing them for professional interviews. I always love the time I spend with the students at staff at Students Rising Above. The staff are bright, motivated and passionate about their work. The students are just extremely impressive. When I supported students in preparing for professional interviews, I just thought "I would love to hire these students when they are out of school!" It is clear that the supportive services that Students Rising Above provides their students allows these young leaders to achieve their dreams of graduating from college and pursuing a life of passion and impact.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the way how the mentors from the organization pick needy students staring from 11 th grade then help them through the maze of getting to college. They do not stop there but also help them through until they graduate.
I also do get to meet and see how my donation is making someone so happy for the opportunity that he or she would not be able to get by themselves.
I truly consider the Foundation for Students Rising Above is the best.
R. Sung

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a current sophomore in college and I was selected to be in SRA about 3 years ago. I knew this program was going to change my life and I was 100% correct. I have found my family here and the support I receive on a daily basis is a reminder of how grateful I am to be in SRA. I owe a lot to SRA and once I graduate and establish a solid career, I know I will find myself back into this program somehow. Shout out to everyone who believed in me and who keeps this organization going.

DCalhoun

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Students Rising Above is an incredible organization. Through SRA I've had the opportunity to meet with students from all over the Bay Area, hosting a space in a mock career fair, participating in informational interviews, introducing a student to the pr/advertising agency where I work, and more. As a first-generation college graduate and third-generation Latina, I understand where these students are coming from and I'm so thankful to SRA for giving me the chance to be a mentor and resource to these amazing students.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

SRA is a phenomenal end-to-end support program for Bay Area based, low-income, first generation high school students. Rather than simply providing funding for a small subset of students and sending them off to college without proper guidance, they focus on helping them develop the skills necessary to succeed in college, internships and future careers. This is clearly demonstrated by the 90% college completion rate, which is 9 times the national average for low-income, first generation college students. In addition, 80% of those students are in grad school or working in career ladder jobs within 12 months of graduating from college.

As a Social and Career mentor, I have been truly amazed by the students themselves but even more so by their achievements in the program. Despite the struggles and setbacks the students have had up to this point, SRA has and will continue to help these students overcome all odds so they can achieve their dreams and in turn help others achieve theirs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Students Rising Above gave me the emotional and academic support to help achieve my dream to go to college! There is so much focus on the students and all the mentors, advisors, donors are amazing. I love talking about SRA like my other family, and I would be very confused and sad without SRA.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They provide a valuable service to economically challenged high school students, providing opportunities where none may have existed previously.

Through the support of SRA, hundreds of Bay Area students have the opportunity to attend college (very often the first in their families to do so).

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beautiful organization. I love the mentorship aspect of SRA. You work closely with a senior and not only take them on excursions around the Bay Area, but also being them into your home and introduce them to your culture as well. My mentee became great friends with my daughter who attends a sister school. They had so much in common and even went to the same prom. The students come from varied backgrounds, but what they have in common is that their home life is not idea. These students have beat the odds and are graduating and doing amazing things. There is also a lot of support from the SRA staff; guiding you as a mentor, giving advice to the student and helping them with everything from college applications to housing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Students Rising Above (SRA) is an organization that simply changed my life. SRA has turned a young boy into a fabulous man. Through them, students like myself are learning how to navigate through not only college, but the real world. SRA has been providing their students with the resources needed in order to create better and brighter futures for themselves and their families for years. I honestly believe, without them, i would be another statistic! Instead of being a statistic, i am a first generation college graduate. Thank you SRA for never giving up on me and my future. I owe you the world.