Breaking the cycle of poverty through the power of education by serving students from underrepresented backgrounds starting middle school through college graduation


Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano supports students from middle school to college graduation through tuition-free, college access programming. By providing academic enrichment opportunities and support, we are changing the trajectory for students whose backgrounds are underrepresented in higher education.

Nearly all Breakthrough SJC students are from low-income backgrounds and will be the first in their families to graduate from college. 

Support Starting in Middle School Through College Graduation
Breakthrough SJC is committed to supporting students from middle school through college graduation with intensive academic enrichment, mentoring and social-emotional support.
Students Teaching Students
Each summer, we recruit talented college students from across the country to teach middle schoolers in a variety of subjects. Teaching fellows gain classroom experience, while middle schoolers gain exposure to college life.

Serving San Juan Capistrano
We serve students in the San Juan Capistrano community and we are committed to expanding our service for dedicated, highly-motivated students in the coming years.

Nationally, the percentage of low-income, first generation students who complete their college degree in six years

Nationally, the percentage of non-first generation students from affluent backgrounds who complete their college degree in six years

Percentage of Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano Students who are on-track to graduate college

Breakthrough SJC welcomes Jaime Del Rio back for the summer as “College Support Intern”

As Breakthrough SJC enters its 14th year of programming, we are excited to introduce a new summer...

Breakthrough SJC Welcomes Their Newest Staff Member, Qunsia Daniel

Through its 2017 five-year Strategic Plan, Breakthrough SJC made the program and financial...

Breakthrough SJC Grows to Better Support Students Through College Graduation 

Through the implementation of the 2017 Strategic Plan, Breakthrough SJC expanded its program scope...

BT Community Voices: Roshan of Basanti Indian Cuisine

Today we’re coming to you with the third story in our Community Voices series! As we look forward...

BT College Student Lidia Lopez Returns from Student Teaching in India

This is the second story in our BT Community Voices series. Today, we hear from Lidia Lopez, BT...

My commitment to education changed on my first day at Breakthrough. [Their] encouragement throughout the summers and school years made me believe that I could build a future for myself and I shouldn’t settle for less.

Ariana V., Class of 2017 and Student at UCI

“I have been blown away by the hard work and dedication of these students. The students at Breakthrough are incredibly passionate about their goals and dreams. They have shown vulnerability and bravery that will continue to shape their futures.”

Nicola T., 2017 & 2018 Teaching Fellow, Mercer University 

Breakthrough Collaborative

180 Grand Ave #1225, Oakland, CA 94612, USA