About 150 family, friends, neighbors and community supporters celebrated at the second annual Rising Stars “All Stars” Youth Leadership Gala, hosted by Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS), at the Northbrae Community Church in Berkeley on June 4.
Twenty youth were honored in five categories: New Direction, Role Model, Caring for Family, Community Involvement, and Consistency. The youth were nominated by BOSS, Berkeley High School, Berkeley Technology Academy, and Berkeley Youth Alternatives.
Four youth received educational scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each: Lia Lacy, 19, of BYA; Malika Anderson, 15, of BOSS; Delvonnia Cooper, 18, of Berkeley High School; and Perrish Ingram, 18, of Berkeley Technology Academy.
Keynote speaker Adante D. Pointer, a civil rights attorney of the Law Offices of John L. Burris, spoke of his own personal struggles and determination to rise above. He congratulated the Rising Stars, and told them that if they can get through their own life struggles, such as homelessness, foster care, and family crises, they can get through anything in life.
He urged them to continue to work hard and aim high.
After welcoming remarks by BOSS Board President Dan Scarola, Rev. Sandhya Jha of the Oakland Peace Center, presented an invocation, followed by remarks by Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates.
BOSS Executive Director Donald Frazier served as the evening’s emcee. Entertainment was provided by the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble and singer Lae Hayes.
Kassy Covarrubias, a 2014 Rising Stars awardee, congratulated the 2015 Rising Stars. This fall, she will start her studies at Chico State University!
For those who were unable to attend but would like to contribute to the Rising Stars Scholarship Fund, go online to: https://www.crowdrise.com/RisingStarsAwards/