FOUNDATION FOR STUDENTS RISING ABOVE

Rating: 4.99 stars   72 reviews

Issues: Education, Philanthropy

Location: PO Box 29174 San Francisco CA 94129 USA

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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been involved with SRA for 1/2 dozen years, and for most of that time as a member of the Board of Directors. As a Board Member, I have been most impressed with the results of the organization. Many nonprofits are working valiently to improve access to college for underepresented youth, but this is one of the few organizations that actually get these students through college (with an amazing 90% graduation rate) and into the workforce. This requires so much more than financial support, as the SRA staff and volunteers become a new family for these students -- 65% of whom are foster care youth or even homeless. Plus, SRA has strong financial stewardship, an active Board, and stellar management by the executive team.

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

the success of the students - to see them graduate from college and then go on to solid careers or post-graduate study. Many students also give back to their communities . . . and are part of SRA's culture of caring.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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