Monthly Archives: December 2016

Family, Food, and Fun!

Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano had the pleasure of hosting our first annual holiday potluck with our students and families this past Wednesday the 14th.


We started off with a warm welcome and shared some exciting news:

  1. Over the summer, on the nationally-normed Renaissance STAR assessment, all students earned tremendous gains in math and reading.
  2. Our McDonald’s fundraiser on November 30th had a great turnout. We had many of our students, families, community partners, and faculty members attend, and their support helped raise over $600 for our program and students.
  3. We are excited about our new partnerships with Model United Nation (MUN) and GLOW! MUN will provide a way for our students to become engaged citizens and share their voices as they learn about our global world. GLOW provides an arts-based space for our girls to encourage and empower them to embrace their identity.
  4. Our fifteen seniors submitted a combined total of over 100 college applications! We are proud of our seniors’ accomplishments!


After celebrating our students’ achievements, everyone was ready to eat. Students and their families provided the delicious food, drinks, and dessert for our dinner.

All of our students received a planner that was generously donated by Passion Planner LLC. The planners will serve as an organizational tool for our students as they head intoDSC_1265 the New Year.

On behalf of the Breakthrough SJC staff, we would like to thank everyone for attending and showing your commitment to our program. Happy holidays!

Welcome Jessica, Breakthrough SJC’s New Community Coordinator

Breakthrough SJC is thrilled to introduce the latest member to the team, Jessica Dinh! Jessica will be serving as the new Community Coordinator. Her role includes building and maintaining relationships within the community as well as developing systems for long-term sustainability of BTSJC programs. As an AmeriCorps VISTA, she will be serving for the next 12 months.

Jessica was raised in Garden Grove, California with her four sisters and parents. In her free time, she enjoys going on Disney adventures with her 4-year-old son and reading biographies. Jessica earned her AA in social and behavioral sciences at Golden West College, and she recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from California State University, Long Beach with a BA in human development. Her previous experience includes being an outreach and engagement educator and a private tutor. Breakthrough SJC is excited to have her on board!