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About SRA's Fund their Future Campaign

Fund their Future September 2nd Virtual Celebration and Ongoing Online Campaign

The Students Rising Above Fund their Future event and campaign raises funds to ensure SRA students’ educational journey is not derailed during this pandemic. While their circumstances and needs are changing daily, our dedication to supporting them remains the same, but we need your help.

Donate Online Anytime: Support SRA's Fund their Future Ongoing Campaign


Register to join us for Student Rising Above’s Virtual Fund their Future Celebration on Wednesday, September 2nd from 6:30 - 7:30 PM PDT in place of our 17th Annual SRA Gala to support our students’ journey, celebrate our rising college freshmen, and fund their future. 

This September 2nd, our event will not just be different than any other, it will be more crucial than any other. The COVID-19 health crisis has created a national education crisis that is widening the achievement gap between low-income, first-generation students and their peers.

Virtual Event Details

  • Introduction to SRA Class of 2020 Rising College Freshmen
  • SRA Alum Remarks, Tyisha Higgins, Class of 2005, CSU San Francisco
  • Live & Silent Auction
  • Special Guest Speaker and Performer, Darnell Abraham

Meet Our Speakers

Tyisha Higgins

SRA Alum, Class of 2005

Tyisha grew up in the East Bay in the city of Oakland. She attended Skyline High School and spent her teenage years couch surfing after she lost both her parents to terminal illness. Tyisha joined the SRA family in 2005. With the support of Students Rising Above, she graduated from CSU San Francisco with a degree in Liberal Studies in 2011. 

After college, Tyisha began working at The Entrust Group as an Administrative Assistant. She skillfully worked her way up through multiple promotions and is currently an Accounts Receivable Supervisor. She is the owner of a condo in Antioch and enjoys giving back to Students Rising Above. 

"Students Rising Above was necessary for my personal and professional growth. The endless resources, opportunities, and new family that I gained completely exceeded my expectations. I admire and will be forever grateful for Student Rising Above’s commitment and dedication to improving the lives of underprivileged youth."

Darnell Abraham

Guest Speaker and Performer

Darnell is pleased to partner with Students Rising Above this year! Currently playing George Washington in HAMILTON on the And Peggy Tour, Darnell’s professional performance background spans musical theater, soul music, R&B, and opera. As a result, he has been recognized by audiences and critics alike for his versatility in the theater and on the concert stage.

After completing his undergraduate studies in Southern California, Darnell earned his Master’s degree from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Beyond the stage, he is an advocate for students from low-income and underrepresented communities to ensure that they, too, have a fair chance to succeed in life.

Event Sponsors

Thank You to Our Sponsors