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FOUNDATION FOR STUDENTS RISING ABOVE
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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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I performed multiple tasks for SRA as a volunteer.

FOUNDATION FOR STUDENTS RISING ABOVE
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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I mentor students as part of the SRA mentoring program and I work on the annual fund raising auction and dinner.