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[Press] Rising Stars program recognizes 20 exceptional youth

This article published on June 9, 2016 and written by Delency Parham discusses the third annual Rising Stars Youth Leadership gala that BOSS hosted. The gala honored students who were persistent and continued working towards graduation along with other achievements while also working to overcome their individual adversities.


More than 100 people filled the ballroom at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza in downtown Berkeley on June 2 to show their support for 20 young Bay Area people, who, in spite of high odds, have managed to succeed in different areas of life. The third annual Rising Stars Youth Leadership gala, hosted by the Berkeley-based Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS), was filled with stories of triumph, including overcoming homelessness, criminal justice issues and difficult family backgrounds.

The event recognizes the 20 award recipients as having persevered towards graduation, college and other life goals and, along with BOSS, is organized in collaboration with Berkeley Youth Alternatives, Berkeley High School and Berkeley Technology Academy. Each of the four nonprofits nominates five outstanding youth in five categories: Consistency, Caring for Family, Role Model, New Directions and Community Involvement.

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