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Students Rising Above invests in low-income, first generation college students who have demonstrated a deep commitment to education and strength of character in overcoming tremendous odds of poverty, homelessness, and neglect. We help each student to realize his or her potential by guiding and supporting them through college graduation, and into the workforce. Our graduates are breaking the cycle of poverty within their own families, serving their communities, providing a new generation of employees and leaders from diverse backgrounds, and accelerating positive change. The SRA Community is dedicated to impacting the future through the cultivation of extraordinary youth.

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Our Stories

Find out more about our students, what they have overcome and how they did it. Our stories are featured on KPIX CBS5 TV and in the Bay Area News Group Newspapers, including the Oakland Tribune and Contra Costa Times.

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What We Do

SRA's commitment is to guide students through the college application process all the way to college graduation. Then we help them transition into the workforce with career guidance and networking opportunities.

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Meet our students and learn more about our program by attending one of our many events and gatherings. Our students attend workshops, retreats, and special events to prepare for college and the professional world.

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Get Involved

Find out how to participate in the Students Rising Above program.

Thank you to our corporate partners for their generous support of our program and students. For a complete list of our corporate and foundation supporters, please click here.

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Did You Know

98% of our students are the first in their families to attend college
90% of our students graduate from college which is twice the national graduation success rate for low-income, first generation college students
85% of our students are giving back through community service
81% of our students live below the federal poverty level
73% of our students come from foster care or are not living at home

The Best Investment You'll Ever Make

For every dollar invested in Students Rising Above, there's more than a $4 return. With a college education, our students are prepared to rise out of poverty. That saves everybody money.

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