Meet the 2010 Awardees
San José State University
Gerard Johnson grew up without strong adult role models. His father would drift in and out of his life, and when he lost his mother to cancer at the age of 13, his extended family took him in. This living situation became abusive, and when Gerard was 16 he was forced to support himself. Today, he is working toward his masterís degree in education and counseling at San José State University.
Gerardís desire to counsel and assist others in their careers and educational journeys has led him to seek internships and volunteer experiences in the San Francisco Bay area. Since moving to San José, Gerard has advised adult learners at a local community college and helped low-income adults in job placement. Through the Gear Up program, he motivated and guided low-income students in their pursuit of higher education.
After completing his degree, Gerard plans to use his education to help others achieve their dreams.