Breakthrough student, Julia Brown, with her mentor, Surya Khadilkar
Dear Breakthrough Supporter,
My name is Julia and I have been in the Breakthrough program at TechBoston Academy in Dorchester for over three years. In 6th grade, I heard about Breakthrough and all the opportunities they offer to help me get to college. I was new to school and didn't have many friends. I thought Breakthrough would be a good way to make friends while getting an education over the summer.
Over the past three years, Breakthrough has not only helped me make friends, but they have helped me stay on track academically. They always know how I’m doing in school and offer extra help and tutoring if there’s anything I’m struggling with. Now, I am halfway through the Breakthrough program and I know they will continue to support me throughout high school so I can go to college.
The thing I remember the most about my first day at Breakthrough three years ago is all the teachers cheering for us outside the school. I also remember when I met my advisor, the teacher who gets to know you and your family the best over the summer. I bonded really well with my advisor, Surya. I’ve never been a talkative person and she always made a point to speak with me one-on-one and get to know me as an individual. She also called my mom every week to check in and let her know how I was doing. That summer I learned that Breakthrough was about way more than just academics. It is a place where you can find people who care about you and help you grow as a person.
After three summers at Breakthrough, my time with the middle school summer program was over but I had the opportunity to come back as an intern the summer before 10th grade. My internship at Breakthrough was my first job and I wanted to intern at Breakthrough more than anything else. I didn’t want to have a summer without Breakthrough. More importantly, I wanted to give back to the program that cared so much about me and gave me a place in a community united around the same goal: going to college.
After high school, I want to go to college. My dream schools are Princeton and NYU, because they are good schools that are not too far from home. Mostly, I am focused on going to a school where I can get a good scholarship. I love math and after college I want to help manage a business or even open one of my own. Whatever I decide to do, I know Breakthrough will help me get there.
In three years, my Breakthrough classmates and I will be in our freshman year of college. My experiences in Breakthrough so far – and all of the things they will help me with in the future – would not be possible without the support of people like you.
10th Grade Breakthrough Student, Dorchester Campus
P.S. Breakthrough is incredibly proud of both our
growing Dorchester Campus and our long history of supporting students in
Cambridge. There are so many stories of Breakthrough students just like Julia in
both Cambridge and Dorchester. We hope you will consider supporting all
of Breakthrough’s students with a gift this December.