We had our first official Parents of Breakthrough (POB) meeting of the 2017-2018 school year yesterday at the McDonald’s in San Juan Capistrano. Some of our students enjoyed a meal while their parents met with our Community Coordinator, Jessica. We had one of our high school juniors attend in place of his parent, which helped provide a student’s point of view during our discussions. Some topics we discussed included creating a fall event for our students to keep them engaged and how we can increase student motivation. One new idea was to create motivation through friendly competition between grade levels or between the high schools that we serve. We received great insight from our committee members, and we are excited to see some of the ideas come to life in the near future.

The Parents of Breakthrough (POB) Committee was created to give our parents the opportunity to be more active participants in our program. Parents volunteer to help the Breakthrough team plan and execute our events and fundraisers as well as aid in other program needs.

When asked why she joined the POB, Silvia G. stated, “I joined the committee because I am very grateful to Breakthrough and for all of the academic help they have given to my children. My children have excelled academically in school, so that motivates me to give a little bit of myself back to the program. I greatly appreciate the interest and dedication they put in for our children. The more parents are involved, the easier it will be to carry out the program.”

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 18th from 5:00-6:00 P.M. at the McDonald’s in SJC. If you are a parent or guardian of a Breakthrough SJC student and would like to be a part of the committee, contact Alex Serna at alex.serna@smes.org or 949-661-0108 ext. 1322.