Wednesday evening, Director Lorena Martinez was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of San Juan Capistrano. Rotary President, Lorinda Sloss, introduced Ms. Martinez to club members and announced that the SJC Rotary has added Breakthrough to its causes and will fund two scholarships for Breakthrough SJC students attending college. Ms. Martinez started the presentation by sharing her own story of community service as a Breakthrough SJC teaching fellow when she was in college. She explained that it was her positive experience with Breakthrough that encouraged her to work in education.
After the presentation, SJC Rotary Immediate Past President Dave Adams stood up and recalled the history of Breakthrough and how the program faced challenges at its inception, but now has proven to be an important staple of San Juan Capistrano. He added that the Rotary Club of San Juan Capistrano supports Breakthrough SJC’s work in the community. During the Q&A session, Relationship Manager Dee White from Farmers & Merchants bank said, “When we went to Visitors Day, we saw boys who want to be engineers and girls who like math. These students would probably not be thinking of these things or have the same opportunities” without Breakthrough.
Thank You to the members of the Rotary Club of San Juan Capistrano for generously providing two students with scholarship to fund their education and for your ongoing support of Breakthrough SJC. Together we will support students of San Juan Capistrano who are on a mission to be the first in their families to graduate from college!