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Foundation For Students Rising Above

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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

5 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!

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.

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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

SRA gives student's the tools to get accepted and succeed during college. SRA reaches out to student's who have such potential but haven't had the influence or oppurtunities in their lives. SRA also helps students choose schools that offer them the best academic oppurtinities and the schools that will cost little to no debt so they won't be haunted by it in their post college years that most of us have to deal with.

Polly M.

Advisor

Rating: 5

For the past five years, I have been an Advisor with the program. As of this writing, I am responsible for 26 students all at various levels of matriculation through college. This spring, five of my first group of high school seniors (Class of 2009) will be graduating with their bachelor's degrees. I am SO PROUD of all of our students and am overcome with gratitude for what SRA provides for them, and for the genuine respect and honor they provide to SRA and to me. I never had any children of my own; SRA has been the perfect place for my maternal longings! What I love the most is when i hear a student say "SRA is like family" because to me, they are. If that is how the students feel, then I have done the most important part of my job. I am in consistent awe of the fortitude, persistency and achievement of our students, despite so many obstacles in their young lives.