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Joe Anthony Cruz: My Breakthrough Experience

Joe Anthony Cruz: My Breakthrough Experience

My name is Joe Anthony Cruz. This past May, with the help of my family and Breakthrough, I reached a goal I set for myself early in life. Today, I stand before you all with my Bachelors of Science in Media Management and Data Science from Ithaca College.  I was born...
Harley’s Breakthrough Summer Experience

Harley’s Breakthrough Summer Experience

Harley is a Breakthrough 8th grader who has now spent two summers with Breakthrough. Here is how she described her Breakthrough Summer Experience: “When I first heard of Breakthrough at school, I was a little afraid. They said they would help us become the first in...
My Breakthrough Experience: Marissa Peña

My Breakthrough Experience: Marissa Peña

Have you ever had someone believe in you so much that you learned to believe in yourself? I want to tell you about how Breakthrough’s belief in me has changed my life forever. My family has deep roots in East Austin. I’ve lived in the same house my entire life –...
Meet Marquise

Meet Marquise

My name is Marquise, and I am currently a 7th grade Science Teacher for Team 2 at this beautiful UT Site. This is my second year as a Breakthrough teacher and I am proud to say that I am a product of Breakthrough. This means that 10 years ago, I was in the same spot...
Breakthrough Experience: Barbara Falcon

Breakthrough Experience: Barbara Falcon

I come from a family of three. I have one younger brother and a hard-working mom who came to this country to escape the violence of her homeland. Growing up it felt like the path I was destined to take had been pre-determined by the ethnicity, geography and the income...
Breakthrough Experience: James Carter

Breakthrough Experience: James Carter

Meet James, a Recent Breakthrough College Graduate pursing his PhD at Columbia University  ABOUT JAMES James Carter joined Breakthrough in 2007 when he was just a 6th grader at Kealing Middle School. Six years later, he graduated from St. Stephen’s and went on to earn...