THE STUDENTS RISING ABOVE (SRA) COMMUNITY IS DEDICATED TO IMPACTING THE FUTURE THROUGH THE CULTIVATION OF EXTRAORDINARY YOUTH. SRA 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 THE STUDENT 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.
Rising Stars Program:
The Rising Stars Program recognizes students with potential and understands the obstacles they must overcome. Investing in first-generation students in the nine county San Francisco Bay Area, Students Rising Above (SRA) provides a unique level of support that’s comprehensive, student-centric, and highly personal. We embrace students with character and drive, and back them with professional expertise and passion. Together we create a community of Rising Stars that are changing the future through college and careers.
Starting in Senior year of high school, each Rising Star student is matched with a professional Advisor and a volunteer Social Mentor
College Commitment and Guidance
The SRA team stays in close contact with Rising Star students throughout college, helping them manage the academic challenges of college life, and overcome a variety of financial and personal obstacles.
Whether an unexpected illness or new pair of glasses, any health issue can pose a crisis for our students. SRA ensures that 100% of our Rising Star students have comprehensive healthcare and dental coverage, and will assist with finding proper care if needed
Financial Support & Literacy
Students learn from the outset that college is a business decision, practicing strategies like choosing the right college, maximizing financial aid and obtaining competitive scholarships
Comprehensive Career Development
Through our six-year career development curriculum, students are prepared to successfully transition into the workforce with a robust set of experiences and professional skills.
Other opportunities include volunteer and work positions with the organization to get more involved.