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September 27, 2011

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September 27, 2011

I have volunteered at SRA and have met many of the students who have been involved . SRA does a wondeful job helping these students in need, not only financially but also nurturing. Have someone around who cares is a big part of a persons success, this is what SRA does. They care about each student and want them to succeed no matter what struggles they mat have endured.

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meeting and hearing successes of many of the students

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wish they were able to help all students who are in need.

September 26, 2011

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September 26, 2011

What an honor and a joy to have had the opportunity to volunteer for Students Rising Above over the past two years. It is so refreshing to see an organization that gets in and gets such important things done for a group of kids that is so deserving. I am certain that the work this organization is doing will deeply enrich the lives of the young people they are supporting but even more importantly, every single one of the exceptional young people helped by this organization will go on to truly enrich the communities we all live in. SRA students are an amazing, inspirational group of young people. If you ever have a chance to get involved with this group I recommend it 100%.

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I have experienced the results of this organizations efforts in going to events and meeting past graduates who are now functioning extraordinarily highly in key positions in companies / organizations around the Bay Area and elsewhere. I see the inspirational drive these graduates provide in their communities as well as to the younger students coming up.

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Endow them with large amounts of money because I see how far they make their funds go, and how directly every dollar benefits the students and ultimately the community overall.

September 22, 2011

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September 22, 2011

I was able to see Student's Rising Above's impact through a friend in the program and have been volunteering for two years since, and will continue to do so.

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September 20, 2011

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September 14, 2010

I first became interesting in Students Rising Above several years ago after watching a profile of a high school senior done by Wendy Tokuda as a news feature. The student was Student Body President at... more

September 20, 2011

This summer my company was able to hire three college students from Students Rising Above for a summer internship. The quality of the interns was outstanding. They were smart, eager to help, and anxious to learn about the workplace. The experience for myself and my co-workers was terrific and the students got some valuable insights into the workplace. This was organized and monitored closely by SRA, helping to make it a success.

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I was able to interact with several of the students participating in the program in the past year as well as working on the annual fundraiser.

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I would like to see it service many more students in the Bay Area.

September 14, 2010

I first became interesting in Students Rising Above several years ago after watching a profile of a high school senior done by Wendy Tokuda as a news feature. The student was Student Body President at his high school. There were no parents in his life and he was living with and supporting a younger sister while getting straight As in school and preparing to go to college. I was so impressed with this kid that I contacted Wendy to find out more about him. She responded with a very detailed email and let me know that the response to her series of these profiles had triggered an upswell of people wanting to meet and help these students. This is how Students Rising Above got off the ground. I had never volunteered with any organization before, but I wanted to check this out. I found that the people running the organization were highly professional and dedicated. I also found that the overhead of the organization was minimal and that the vast majority of the funds raised went to helping the students get into college. I was also drawn to the fact that the students were highly motivated and had something within themselves that made them realize they had only one life and they wanted to take a path that would elevate them out of their difficult situation. I have been volunteering my time to SRA for about 5 years providing mostly background services for the annual fund raising dinner and auction. Two years ago I was able to take on an additional role of "mentoring" one of the students. That has given me an opportunity to have more direct contact with some of the students. This experience has enriched me more than the students.

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This organization is focused on helping their students. It is a side effect that by being involved with SRA my own life has been greatly enriched. Everyone involved with SRA, and especially the students views this organization as a family.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 20, 2011

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September 20, 2011

Students Rising Above has made an incredible impact on the students lives, volunteers who give and receive so much back, and the communities where we all live. Students Rising Above and those who work, volunteer, and contribute financially are making an investment in people and in our future together. This is about community, helping each other, caring and building successful partnerships that are resulting in long lasting changes in young peoples lives.

As a mentor I see the hope of these young people in their eyes and feel it in their hearts. These students already have done so much for themselves through their own determination, hard work, and personal vision for the future. Students Rising Above honors them for this and recognizes that they deserve the support, both financial and personal guidance that most do not have. Students Rising Above is a group of caring people who extend their hands and hearts out to these students and share in the joy of seeing great things happen in their lives.

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I personally experience the positive results by working with three students that I mentor and seeing them grow, learn and become the happy and successful people they invision themselves to be. I am seeing the possibilites turn into realities right before me.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Seek to involve more qualified volunteers\mentors from the Latino and African American communities.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I can't imagine.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It has made me realize that I can make a positive impact on others and have many things to share.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

The good feeling you get when you have made a difference in someone's life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 19, 2011

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September 19, 2011

I have been volunteering my time with Students Rising Above for nearly 2 years. I have been extremely impressed from day 1 with the organization and execution of SRA's mission. The students who benefit from the existence of this program are more than deserving. The determination, intelligence and confidence these students posses is rare. This is what separates SRA from many other programs with similar goals. SRA students are truly the leaders of tomorrow, and SRA's graduates are proof. From the top down, this organization is unique and necessary. The professionalism and compassion shown by the executive team, the advisory team and the volunteers is not only exemplary, it's contagious!

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In the nearly 2 years I have been involved with Students Rising Above, I have had the chance to interact with numerous students in the program. Many have expressed how fortunate they feel to have been accepted into the program as well as the relief they feel for knowing where they WON'T be alternatively, e.g., homeless, minimum wage job, etc.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

My goal is to help the organization continue to grow. As the volunteer group and funding to SRA grows, so follows the number of students that can be accepted into the program.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

None. I have greatly enjoyed volunteering my time thus far.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I feel anytime one volunteers his time with a positive goal in sight, the outcome and affect, subconscious or otherwise, is positive. I have met and made good friends with a lot of good people as a result of volunteering my time with SRA.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Worthy, important, confident, happy, determined.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 15, 2011

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September 15, 2011

I volunteer for SRA events and I've had the privilege of meeting a number of students over the years. What strikes me most about SRA is that they really care and want these young adults to not only succeed through college, but through life as well. SRA's impact on the lives of their students is immeasurable, and it's the people who make the difference. I have been selected to be a mentor this year, and I know this experience will have a positive impact on my life as well. I can't wait!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Meeting their students at events and listening to their personal stories and the obstacles they have had to overcome to put themselves in the position to be accepted into the SRA program.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Volunteer more.

September 29, 2010

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September 29, 2010

Hi! I was introduced to this program by my sister who was actively involved in SRA. She kept telling me what a great organization it was so I agreed to attend one of their gala events a little over a year ago. I was so impressed by what I saw and heard at the gala that I found myself announcing that I would like to become an SRA mentor! I think I was taken most by how sincerely appreciative the kids are. They just seemed to "get it." So, before I knew it, I was signed up and assigned to mentor a young woman from San Francisco and I met her almost a year ago in October of '09. I have to say I was a little bit nervous and didn't really know how it would all work out given the differences in our background, but it's been a great experience for me and I think I've been able to provide a little bit of help to a young woman who is an amazing person in every way. I have to say that I've grown to really love her like she were my own and I think she will be in my life for many years to come. In addition, I've been able to observe the effectiveness of the SRA program close up through her experience and I must say, it is extremely impressive. They do a GREAT job with these kids, who otherwise I'm sure would not be at all properly directed. The kids are guided through their senior year in high school by the SRA counselors to make sure they get their college applications in completed and on time and they really assist them with that entire process. My student was successfully accepted into several colleges and then it was just a matter of helping her select the right one for her...which is where I got to play a role. She's now safely tucked in at the college of her choice and is experiencing her freshman year like any other kid...having a great time, going away to school, leaving home for the first time, and dealing with all of the changes and experiences that come with going away to college! She's the first in her family to attend college which is a great source of pride to her and to her granny! I love this program. The kids really do appreciate the assistance they are receiving, and the program actually works! SRA's graduation rates far exceed the average for this demographic. So, one student at a time, we slowly change the world!

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I've benefited personally from this organization in that my life has been enriched through my experience with my student and her family.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I've really enjoyed the experience I've had with my student I'm mentoring. As well I've gotten to know her family a little bit which has also been very rewarding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 29, 2010

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September 29, 2010

Students Rising Above is an outstanding organization that provides underprivileged and motivated high school juniors the valuable opportunity to apply for and attend college. The SRA model provides a solid and consistent support system – financial, mentor and advisor relationships, healthcare coordination, workshops – without which, matriculating into college is mostly a dream. Equally fantastic, is the graduation success rate (90%) for these students compared to the national average. There are many heartwarming and inspiring success stories of SRA participants who “rise above”, finish college and deservingly go on to productive lives. Behind all this is an amazingly dedicated, involved and giving staff that make this organization such a success and pleasure to be associated with.

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This has been one of the most rewarding experience for both my husband and myself. We are continually thrilled and amazed by the support of the organization and personal accomplishments of the students.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 26, 2010

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September 26, 2010

I was lucky enough to hear about Students Rising Above from a friend a few years ago. Education has always been important to me, so it was a great fit from the start. After participating in the planning process for the annual Gala fundraising event, I was able to meet some of the students and hear their stories firsthand at the event itself. It was such a moving experience, and solidified my commitment to the organization. Meeting the students and seeing them interact with their advisors and mentors, it becomes very clear that the success of Students Rising Above stems from the fact that it is so much more than a scholarship program. It is the ongoing support, encouragement and resources available to these students that make all the difference.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting the students and hearing about their successes in school, within their communities, and in their careers.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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