Students Rising Above Selected As National Finalist In HuffingtonPost’s Jobs Contest


Students Rising Above Selected As National Finalist

In HuffingtonPost’s Jobs Contest

Organization Chosen For Its Success In Helping College Graduates Secure Jobs


SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15, 2013Students Rising Above, a nonprofit that helps Bay Area high school students rise above poverty through education and job training, today announced it has been named a finalist in the HuffingtonPost’s JobRaising Challenge.

The JobRaising Challenge is a national philanthropic initiative to help job-creating nonprofits raise money and awareness, while helping put Americans back to work.  The JobRaising Challenge is a collaborative effort with the HuffingtonPost, Skoll Foundation, McKinsey & Company and CrowdRise.

Between January 21 and March 1, the JobRaising Challenge nonprofits will have an opportunity to compete for $250,000 in prize money offered by The Skoll Foundation. The money will be awarded based on how much an organization can fundraise through CrowdRise, a crowd-funding platform for nonprofits. 

Seventy-four finalists from across the nation were chosen. Finalists submitted a written entry that demonstrated their success in increasing employment.

“Students Rising Above is honored to have been selected as a finalist in the JobRaising Challenge,” said SRA Executive Director Lynne Martin. “We invite individuals and businesses to join with us to help more students achieve the American dream of graduating from college and getting a job. Your generous support can help SRA with our mission and win the JobRaising Challenge.”

SRA helps low-income, first-generation students complete college, enter the workforce and break the cycle of poverty. SRA identifies promising students in the Bay Area, helps them afford a four-year degree, provides emotional support and guidance through college, and works with employers to provide job training and mentoring to recent graduates. Over the past 14 years, SRA has enabled more than 300 students whose families live below the federal poverty level to graduate from a four-year college. In 2012, 235 students were enrolled in the program.

The recognition is the second the organization has received in the past three months. In November, the San Francisco chapter of Association for Corporate Growth, a professional organization of corporate development and M&A executives, named SRA the San Francisco Nonprofit Organization of the Year. The honor qualifies SRA for a national award, which will be announced March 13 at a ceremony in Washington D.C.


About Students Rising Above

Students Rising Above is an award-winning nonprofit organization that enables low-income, first-generation college students to attend a four-year college and achieve their educational aspirations.  Ninety percent of students enrolled in Students Rising Above graduate from college – nearly three times the national average. Students Rising Above serves students in the 11-county Bay Area and provides personal guidance and financial support from college application, through graduation and into the workforce.  A 501(c)3, Students Rising Above is funded by individual donations, and grants and contributions from corporations, foundations, and other nonprofit organizations. For more information or to apply to the program, visit



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2 Responses to Students Rising Above Selected As National Finalist In HuffingtonPost’s Jobs Contest

  1. When I see what SRA is doing for my student, who can focus on his college academics, away from the distractions of poverty, violence and drugs, I can’t imagine where he would be without the SRA machine watching his back! Congratulations for your selection as a National Finalist, I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  2. Anita Stubenrauch says:

    Congratulations, SRA! It’s great to see this organization getting the attention it so richly deserves.

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