Teaching Fellow, Audrey Shenkin, Shares Why She Chose Breakthrough SJC

Breakthrough Collaborative’s National Teaching Fellow Application for Summer 2019 is officially open! Each year, we recruit talented, motivated college students to teach in our six-week summer program. If you are looking for a way to grow, be challenged, or explore a career in education, Breakthrough is for you! Summer 2018 Teaching Fellow, Audrey Shenkin, reached […]

Read more
Breakthrough Spotlight on STEM

When Breakthrough high school senior Marilyn M. visited GMU Geotechnical, a civil engineering firm in Rancho Santa Margarita, she discovered the endless opportunities that a career in STEM holds. Breakthrough College Mentor Greg Silver is the president of GMU Geotechnical and offered to show Marilyn around his workplace. During the visit, Marilyn and her mentor […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
Breakthrough First-Year College Students Receive Scholarships

This fall, twenty-six Breakthrough students are beginning their college journeys. As our students step onto campuses across the U.S., they are culminating years of hard work and dedication. We recognize that being accepted to college is just one aspect of the path to higher education. Many other factors, namely a school’s affordability, influence students’ ability […]

Read more
My First Week of College: Maite Garcia

This week, we chatted with Maite Garcia, a first-year student at CSU San Marcos. Maite is already proving to be a self-advocate, and we can’t wait to see what’s to come for her in the world of college. Emma: What were you feeling the week before you started classes? Maite: The week before classes started […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more