Breakthrough Santa Fe is a college-access and preparedness program that helps prepare students in the Santa Fe area for a college education. We work closely with the Santa Fe Public Schools to identify motivated 6th graders who will need our support to make it to college. These students then complete a rigorous application, and if selected, commit to Breakthrough for 6 years. During the summers before 7th and 8th grades, students develop study skills to better prepare them for secondary education in a 6-week academic and community oriented program. Breakthrough students are also provided with year-round services ranging from case-management and tutoring (often by St. John's students) to academic advocacy; and once in high school, students benefit from college and financial-aid counseling.
In Santa Fe, only 60-70% of students graduate from high school. As in all cities, this rate is even lower for students from ethnic minorities and low-income backgrounds; among highly motivated and high achieving low-income students, only 31% will obtain a bachelor’s degree by age twenty-six. Breakthrough has helped bridge this gap primarily among students color, those in lower socioeconomic brackets, and those with aspirations to be the first in their families to go to college. In its 13 years, Breakthrough Santa Fe has managed to help approximately 90% of students in the program to matriculate into college- 86% of whom are first generation students!
If you would like to know more about Breakthrough, or are further interested in joining Breakthrough Santa Fe as a tutor, please contact Marvin Nogueda (Student Support Coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org