College Admissions Visits Connect with the FirstGen Experience

Breakthrough’s College Mentor Program, a partnership that connects Breakthrough juniors and seniors with community members who support them through the admissions process, is in full swing. Last week, two admissions representatives Breakthrough to speak about their institutions. Lee Stork, an admissions representative from the George Washington University, visited the College Mentor Program Meeting to speak […]

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Breakthrough Students Complete Summer Internships and Programs

Breakthrough high school students have found engaging ways to spend their summers as they begin to develop their skills and prepare for college and beyond. Rising high school junior Angela Mendoza interned for four weeks at CCS Fundraising, an Irvine-based firm whose goal is to “partner with nonprofits for transformational change” (ccsfundraising.com). Angela’s project was […]

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Breakthrough Students Return from Parks Trip

On Thursday, August 16, we welcomed Breakthrough students back to San Juan Capistrano after a tour of two national parks and one California state park. Eighteen rising tenth graders visited Joshua Tree, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, and Monterey Bay through the generous programming of Birthright America, a foundation whose goal is to help young people explore […]

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Breakthrough SJC Welcomes New VISTAs!

Breakthrough SJC welcomes our newest AmeriCorps VISTAs, Linda Lazaro and Emma Lee. Linda will be serving as our Volunteer Coordinator, coordinating the high school tutoring and college mentoring programs. Linda was raised throughout LA County as the eldest of four sisters who are currently in elementary school. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine […]

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New Multi-year Strategic Plan in Full Swing as Breakthrough Enters Summer Program

This summer, Breakthrough SJC will enter its thirteenth summer school program, and this coming year will mark exciting changes for the program. During the 2017-2018 school year, we launched a new, multi-year strategic plan, focused on three priorities over the next five years: Support students through college graduation. Serve more students. Create institutional sustainability. Support […]

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Breakthrough Celebrates Annual Induction Ceremony

Breakthrough’s College Mentor Program Induction Ceremony was held at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School on May 2nd. In this ceremony we honor the hard work that seniors and their mentors in the College Mentor Program (CMP) dedicated to the college application process over the course of the 2017-2018 school year. At the end of the ceremony, […]

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Breakthrough Students Show Leadership in the Ambassador Program at University of California, Irvine

Capistrano Valley High School juniors, Bertha Olmedo and Cristian Aguilar, were nominated and selected to serve in the Diversity, Inclusion & Racial Healing Ambassador Program at University of California, Irvine (UCI). This program brings juniors from several schools to participate in seminars about topics that affect student populations across the country. They will touch topics […]

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Breakthrough Marches at the 2018 Swallow’s Day Parade

The Swallow’s Day Parade is an annual event in San Juan Capistrano every March. It celebrates the swallows’ return to the city and residents joins together in downtown. Since 2006, Breakthrough is honor to have the opportunity to march in the parade. The San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association hosts the Swallow’s Day Parade to be […]

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