We are excited to announce that two of our very own Breakthrough SJC students have received scholarships from Black and Latino Men Read, a program that encourages young men surrounding Los Angeles to read. Entrants for the scholarship were required to write an essay about a book that impacted them in some way.

Victor Chavez, a freshman at San  Juan Hills High School won first prize at $500 and chose the book Me & Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. According to Victor, the book written about a man helping a girl who has cancer, “inspired me to help others and made me realize that some people are less fortunate and we need to help them.” Uriel Macias, also a freshman at San Juan Hills High School won third prize at $175 after reading and writing about Legend by Marie Lu. Both Victor and Uriel will be saving the scholarship money for college.

Thank you Black and Latino Men Read for encouraging young, male students to read. Congratulations to Victor and Uriel. Click here to read an article on the scholarship program published in the Los Angeles Times.