Breakthrough’s Postsecondary Advising Program (PSAP)

The Schoolwide Postsecondary Advising Program PSAP is a year-round advising services partnership that supports students to realize their postsecondary goals by provides direct advising services to every junior and senior at a campus. Additionally, the PSAP works with the campus through capacity-building support to shift the goal for students beyond high school graduation to success in higher education.

Serving All Students

When PSAP says college, we include pursuing any postsecondary education pathway that allows a student to attain a credential, certificate, diploma, or enrollment in the military while pursuing their passions and preparing for their career. At Breakthrough, the terms ‘college,’ ‘higher education,’ and ‘postsecondary’ are used interchangeably.

Serving Students To and Through College

The PSAP doesn’t stop at high school graduation! PSAP program graduates can enroll in Breakthrough’s Postsecondary Completion Program to receive up to six years of support to complete their postsecondary goals!

 

PSAP School Sites

2021 Launch

Manor New Tech High School

HOW DO WE SUPPORT Psap STUDENTS?

  Student Services

  • Meet regularly with every junior/senior at least once a month
  • Support goals and plan creation for education and career pathways after high school
  • Help with research for colleges, universities, technical and vocational schools
  • Provide individualized support on completing college and financial aid applications
  • Planning support for how to afford college and research scholarships 
  • Support testing preparation for entrance exams for colleges and the military
  • Partner with the high school to create college and careers experiences
  • Customized support the summer after graduation

Meet Your Advisors

KENDRA STRANGE

Chief Schools Officer kendra@breakthroughctx.org

About Kendra

  Kendra believes all students have the potential to succeed and she has made it her mission to ensure students have access to the support and resources necessary to maximize their potential. With over 15 years of experience in college access space, Kendra is a first-generation student with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology/Criminology from Kansas State University. Kendra has experience with federal trio programs, college admissions and served as the inaugural College-Bound Advisor for Young Women’s Leadership Academy at Fort Worth ISD. Kendra built the college-bound program and helped students amass more than $60 Million in scholarships and she can also boast 100% college acceptance for every graduating senior since 2016. Kendra supported young women in grades 6 -12 and continued to walk with them through college completion and into their careers. Kendra is dedicated to improving systems to support students and believes that given the right resources, support, and environment ALL students have the potential to achieve post-secondary success.  
Sascha

SASCHA BETTS

Associate Director of Advising
Manor New Tech HS
sascha@breakthroughctx.org

About Sascha

Sascha Betts is an Austin transplant from Detroit, Mi! She graduated from Spelman College with a BA in English, obtained her MA in Educational Leadership, and is currently pursing a Ph.D in School Improvement. She has an orientation toward social justice and emancipation, and envisions a world where all students receive an equitable education. She enjoys spending time with her family and miniature schnauzer — Queenie! She loves being of service, so if there is any way she can help, she well! 

NOE SANCHEZ

PSAP Advisor, AmeriCorps
Manor New Tech HS
noe@breakthroughctx.org

About Noe

Noe recently graduated in the spring of 2020 from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s in Communication Disorders and Sciences. As a first-generation, limited-income college graduate, Noe was able to shape his path towards academia knowing he had a foundation that was able to help me when needed and was able to receive a full ride scholarship. Noe has 4 years of experience working with youth and has worked with first-generation, DACA, and students of color as an after school program coordinator and has enjoyed his time working with students. Noe’s experiences have molded his passion to continue on supporting youth along their journey by bridging resources and providing support in order to make postsecondary education accessible. This will be Noe’s first time as an AmeriCorps member with Breakthrough a part of the Postsecondary Advising Program as an Advisor. He enjoys listening to reggaetón and traveling and is excited to begin this new journey in his life.

 

JAYNE DENSON

PSAP Advisor
Manor New Tech HS
jayne@breakthroughctx.org

About Jayne

Jayne holds bachelors’ degrees in Anthropology, Linguistics, and Spanish from Purdue University. During her time at Purdue, she was a four-year member of the Purdue All-American Marching Band on the Golduster Dance Team. Additionally, she holds the titles of Miss Black and Gold Purdue 2018, Miss Black and Gold Indiana 2018, and Miss Black 2018, 1st runner up of the region. She spent her last two years of college giving back to her community and taking on a more active role in public service by volunteering at Federated Preschool, with voter registration, for March of Dimes, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. This is her first year serving for AmeriCorps alongside Breakthrough where she plans to further her skills and efforts in the fight for an equitable education for first generation graduates.

Interested in the Breakthrough Schoolwide P.S.A.P. Program and want to learn more, please contact Kendra Strange, Chief Schools Officer, kendra@breakthroughctx.org