We are thrilled to welcome Samantha (Sam) Geary, who recently started her new role as our Volunteer Coordinator. Her primary responsibilities include leading our high school tutoring program and College Mentor Program as well as recruiting and managing our volunteers.
Sam was born in Seattle, Washington and moved to North Carolina when she was two years old. She attended Wake Forest University and earned a BA in History and Anthropology with a minor in Social Justice in Education. After graduating from college in 2015, Sam joined the Fulbright Program as an English Teaching Assistant in Indonesia, where she taught English to local children for two years.
After returning to the United States, Sam wanted to continue doing fulfilling work. She was our 9th grade College Skills teaching fellow for our six-week summer program in 2014 and felt a deep connection with our students. She decided to return to Breakthrough SJC to continue supporting our program and is excited to work with the same students she taught three years ago.
Sam is joining our team as an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA). AmeriCorps VISTA was founded in 1965 as a national service program to help eradicate poverty in the United States. Like our past VISTAs, Sam will serve as a catalyst for change, working alongside our team and community to fulfill our mission. Together, we will continue to put our students on the path to college in order to break the generational cycle of poverty within their families.