Monthly Archives: December 2015

Breakthrough SJC Presents at San Juan Capistrano City Council

On Tuesday evening, students, family members, supporters, and staff gathered at San Juan Capistrano City Hall to show their support for Breakthrough as Director Victor Cota spoke on behalf of the program. Mr. Cota expressed the need for a program like Breakthrough in the San Juan community and shared program highlights from this past year.

Vanessa Rodriguez, a senior at San Juan Hills School, spoke to the Council and expressed her gratitude for the program. She commented, “Breakthrough made a large contribution to my success as a first generation college student in high school and as ASB president.” Mr. Loya— parent of former Breakthrough student Enrique, now attending Trinity College, and current Breakthrough student Eduardo— also spoke on behalf of Breakthrough and explained how appreciative he is for the opportunities the program has provided for his sons.

A warm thank you to the San Juan Capistrano City Council for taking the time to listen to Breakthrough’s presentation and for your continued support in the community.

Breakthrough SJC Attends New World Symphony

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Breakthrough students and family recently attended the New World Symphony concert at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa for a night of classical music. This fun-filled event was initiated by Heartstrings, a community-wide organization run by The Pacific Symphony that provides opportunities to underserved, local residents. In particular, we experienced the New World Symphony, an orchestra with music written by Antonin Dvorak in 1893 and influenced by both Native American music and African-American plantation songs.

The night kicked off with students, siblings, parents and staff arriving at the Segerstrom Center. We met up with Mary Hawkins and Rachel Schlesinger from Heartstrings to hear a little more about the symphony and its background. We enjoyed the two hour performance which included a beautiful violin solo by Dan Zhu. A big thank you to Mary and Rachel from Heartstrings for the incredible opportunity and for graciously providing us with transportation and tickets.