New Classroom, New Hope
Rising Stars 2020 Children’s Learning Center Campaign
Help BOSS double the Children’s Learning Center classroom space, add a teacher’s office, and a bathroom with the purchase of a new 24×60 modular classroom and to support distance learning for homeless youth.
Strength in Adversity
BOSS 2020 Class of Rising Stars
a full-time college student working six days a week
Outside the classrooms and work, Alijah also volunteers at three local organizations. His parents split when he was 12 and he tried to navigate his own life as his parents fought over custody of himself and his siblings. Alijah loves basketball, wants to travel, and is working towards a 4.0 GPA so he can transfer from Laney College to a HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities).
a high school student and resident of transitional housing in Vallejo
Amir traveled from Vallejo on a daily basis to attend Berkeley Technology Academy, where he excelled as part of the Berkeley High Football team. He is applying to HBCUs and his goal is to attend college and continue to play football.
a high school student working 20 hours a week
Elizabeth attends school meetings and is part of the school governance council. She travels daily from Vallejo or Oakland to get to school on-time. Since transferring to Berkeley Technology Academy she has maintained a steady 3.0 GPA while working 20 hours per week at Sweet Greens Restaurant. Her goal is to pursue a medic career in the Army Reserve and to foster youth past the “ideal adoption age.”ton
a survivor of the foster care system since age two
Jaheim taught himself how to live independently and is studying hard to finish up his senior year sheltering in place. He is working to become a male model and is building his social media presence. He’s had his photo posted on the Champion apparel brand website and he just signed with a modeling agency. In addition to his educational and career endeavors, he is fighting the court system to reunify with siblings.
a Berkeley City College student raised by a struggling single mom
Always a bright student, he struggled due to household dynamics and being bulled at school for his sexuality. Three weeks into his first semester at BCC, Jermaine became homeless and moved in with his sister in Pittsburgh, which impacted his schoolwork and social life. He is working hard to maintain a GPA above 3.5, complete a degree in Fashion, and transfer to North Carolina A&T.
a high school student and survivor of foster care now living with an ailing grandmother
Despite his challenges, Kalief stays positive by reaching out to service providers for support and guidance. His goal is to graduate, get a job, and make sure his grandmother is taken care of.
a high school student and survivor of family loss due to violence
Zylayah’s father was murdered when she was just 13 and her family was separated by circumstances out of her control. She has dealt with these challenges with support from school staff, and staying focused on her goals. She plans to graduate and move to Atlanta to pursue modeling.