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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

104 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have worked at Students Rising Above for 5+ years and I LOVE MY JOB! Aside from the fact that the staff and volunteers are some of the most passionate, smart, dedicated and compassionate people I have ever worked with, working with our students is so rewarding. Not only are they getting to and through college, they entering the workforce, being successful and then turning around and giving back to SRA as mentors, volunteers, paid staff and donors!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sra has been here for me since the start. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to attend college and when they accepts me into the program, I was able to apply to 13 colleges while getting the help I needed to guide me through the process. The same guidance was provided when applying for fafsa and scholarships. I'm currently in a phase of life where I need to start doing internships and sra is always there with connections to help the students get into the fields of their study interests. Beyond this, there is a Familial bond that comes from being a part of sra that is authentic and iereplacable. I am very grateful for this organization and experience.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thanks to Students Rising Above, I am able to cope with my family struggle. SRA provided me with an advisor who is there for me 24/7! I know that with my advisor, I have someone who cares for me and will help me on my journey to college. Not only did SRA provide me with an advisor, they also provided college readiness workshops, the hub, college information and tons of support! I rate SRA with 5 STARS because without them I would not know how to cooperate with my struggles and school work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Students Rising Above has the mission of getting under served students to college, following them through to success. This program is giving me the support I wouldn't have been able to receive else where and I will be forever greatful for that!

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have recently started working with Students Rising Above and am so impressed by all that SRA offers. SRA is a true family for its students and provides them with the resources and social emotional support to help ensure they are successful in college and beyond.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Students Rising Above is an amazing organization that has believed in me since the beginning. Through the every step, my advisor and the SRA staff have shown me nothing less than the love and support that I knew I needed in order to get through college and beyond. I truly believe in the mission of SRA and all that they strive to do to help students like me to succeed. As I have transitioned into working for SRA, I have continued to receive the guidance and encouragement to help own students so that I may have the same impact on them that my advisor and SRA has had on me.

Bryant C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Students Rising Above is a fabulous San Francisco-based nonprofit organization. My company has engaged with its internship program, and have been impressed at every turn. From communication to its students, to the support they provide around résumé and cover letter-writing and interview skills, to the incredible annual career fair where students showcase their talent and practice to participate in future career fairs, every aspect of the program is exemplary. In my mind, SRA is truly the model for support of first-generation college students. More than just a cause worth supporting with donations and volunteer time (and it certainly is that!) — this organization provides real benefits to the community, including connecting brilliant talent to employers like mine. Thank you, SRA, for doing so well by your students and for working to improve the lives of those in the SF Bay Area!

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have worked as an advisor with SRA for the past 4 years, and as of now, my caseload is 26 students in various stages of their college career. I am motivated by my students to do whatever possible to help them reach their career and educational goals. They are focused, driven, passionate, and deserving of the support and encouragement that will help them reach their goals. SRA is consistently focused on the social, academic, and mental well-being of the students in their programs. The advisors and staff are dedicated, passionate professionals who really believe in the work they are doing. I have the privilege of interacting with my students and bearing witness to their incredible growth and success. I love this job and I am so grateful for the work SRA is doing to create positive change in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have worked with SRA in a number of capacities over the years - Hired interns, mentored and career workshops. At every step we are impressed by the commitment that SRA staff has to their students and by the dedication and caring given to each one. We have been delighted to watch the growth of particular interns over their assignment. It is a joy to see them flourish in a work environment.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Students Rising Above is both an admirable, and EFFECTIVE non profit. They have impressed me with both the quality of their students and organizational efficiency. Before I had this years Intern from SRA I knew a friend and colleague who was an SRA Alumi. That friend of mine is a herself a fantastic talent and who truly has RISEN ABOVE her difficult home and educational circumstances. Nothing has held her back. So when SRA offered a candidate for my West Coast ServiceDesk Intern role I was interested to see who they had in mind. The candidate they provided was a stellar talent who delivered on all projects as well as day to day task. What this speaks to is both how my SRA Alumni friend was such a success story, and now the Intern who we were blessed to have was ALSO such a success story - this to me speaks volumes.

The depth to which SRA cares for and coaches their students is phenomenal to behold. I had the privilege this year of getting to know many leaders in the organization and each person I met was 100% committed to the coaching, personal development, college degree awarding and eventual employment of each student they accept. End to end success.

Students Rising Above changes lives.

Students Rising Above changed my heart with how they change lives.

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.

1 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.