WATCH OUT WORLD. OUR SCHOLARS AND THEIR BIG DREAMS ARE ON THE RISE! Today we join the nation in recognizing College Signing Day and salute our Class of 2023 Breakthrough Miami Scholars for their vision, grit, and commitment. College is a pivotal moment in our Scholars’ leadership journey. Throughout their eight-year Breakthrough experience, our Scholars have built skills, leveled up academically, fostered mentor and mentee relationships, and pursued countless opportunities to breakthrough to new heights. Our Village is with our Scholars by their side as collectively we give dreams the lift to breakthrough to their highest potential. As we celebrate College Decision Day, we invite you to engage with our social media channels as we highlight our Scholars and their dedication, talent, and tireless commitment to excellence.
BETTER MAKE ROOM, THEY’RE COMING THROUGH!
“My experience being a Breakthrough Miami Scholar impacted the way I viewed many areas of life and studies. Through Breakthrough, I was able to jump around and experience so many career choices through electives I took. I was able to learn new things about each career, ultimately impacting what I want to do in life.“ –Adriel Cortes
As a graduating student from Coral Gables Senior High (@coralgables_shs), Adriel navigated his academic journey with a strong sense of responsibility and determination to succeed. Enrolling in IB Coursework and Advanced Placement courses, Adriel is purposely positioned for future Breakthroughs.
Aside from Adriel’s responsibilities as a Scholar at our @ransomevergladesschool host site, Adriel led as a board member and co-event planner for his school’s Chess Club, as a member of IBHS, and as a writer for Highlights Newsmagazine, completing multiple issues. Highly skilled in his craft, Adriel received an All-Florida award in digital illustration for his work in Highlights Newsmagazine publications in FSPA Fall contests, and two honorable mentions in other digital illustration contests for Highlights in FSPA Spring contests.
Seeking community involvement, Adriel volunteered at CavCamp (@cavsconnect) as a student helper and volunteered at his church assisting in organization and lighting.
Adriel will soon be attending @MDCollege to pursue a degree in accounting and earn a CPA, gaining valuable experience in the field along the way through internship opportunities.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Breakthrough community. It has been one of the best experiences I’ve had, and it has opened doors to many opportunities and friendships. I cant think of a better way to have spent my summers than being a Scholar.“ –Alexa Monsalve
Making #Breakthroughs possible is in Alexa’s nature. As a dedicated & engaged student at Coral Gables Senior High (@coralgables_shs) and Scholar at our @gulliverprep_ host site Alexa aimed high, making the most of her time as a student through rigorous coursework and extra curricular activities that would lead her to #Breakthroughs.
Seeking academic excellence, Alexa enrolled in IB Coursework and advanced placement courses including Psychology, English Literature, and Human Geography. Actively engaged in her school’s community, Alexa was a valued member of the Medical Club (AJML), the @nyahproject, Key Club, the National Honor Society, @bbbsmiami, and IBHS. Beyond her academic responsibilities, Alexa enjoys remaining active through cross country and track.
Understanding the power of giving back to her community, Alexa served as a Breakthrough Miami Volunteer, garden projects volunteer, has participated in beach clean-ups, and tutors youth in our community.
Celebrating her #Breakthrough of graduating as a proud #FirstGeneration student and as an #HonorRoll recipient, Alexa has been accepted to @fiuinstagram, @nsuflorida, @floridastateuniversity, and @ucf.edu, and has decided on FIU!
“Breakthrough Miami has raised me throughout the years. It has greatly increased my passion for education and for the community. In the future, I hope to use Breakthrough’s example and continue to help my community just like they once helped me.“ –Alexandra Perez
As a model Scholar at our @gulliverprep_ host site, student at Miami Coral Park Senior High School’s (@miamicoralpark) AAA program, and #SilverKnight nominee, we know Alexandra is well prepared for her future! Alexandra excelled as both a Scholar and student, investing her time into advancing her education and bettering her community.
Advancing her education, Alexandra enrolled in numerous AP Courses including but not limited to Macroeconomics, Psychology, and Chemistry.
As a student, Alexandra demonstrated her passion for education and community through her involvement with Interact Club, Salsa Club, HOSA, NHS, Mu Alpha Theta, First Priority, and as Key Club’s Junior Representative and President. As an active member of her community, Alexandra Volunteered for the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, and served as a Breakthrough Miami #Volunteer at our @ransomevergladesschool and @gulliverprep_host sites.
She also represented her community well as the 2022 Miss Carnaval Miami Teen USA.
“My experience at Breakthrough Miami has inspired me to become a better person. It has allowed me to want to inspire other kids, and help them just as the program did for me. This program has helped me decide what I want to be when I grow up, & has given me so many great opportunities such as being a part of the @Carnival Program and becoming a Teaching Fellow. I made a lot of new connections & made lifelong friends.“ –Amy Sanchez
An avid learner, leader, & student, Amy is a model Scholar. During her time as a student at International Studies Charter High School (@ischseagles), Amy furthered her education and expanded her knowledge by enrolling in advanced placement and dual-enrollment courses including Psychology, Calculus, English, and Chemistry.
Putting her “breakalicious” energy into action, Amy participated in the Italian Club, Fitness Club, National Honor Society, Key Club, and the Girls Varsity Volleyball team. Pursuing personal and academic growth, Amy was a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters (@bbbsmiami), the @nyahproject, and is an awardee of the @Carnival Scholarship & Mentoring Program.
Contributing to her community, Amy participated in several community service projects during the school year including beach cleanups, donation drives, car washes, park cleanups, and helping teachers organize their class. Additionally, Amy served as a Breakthrough Miami Volunteer and Teaching Fellow at our @ransomevergladesschool host site.
Furthering her impact, Amy coached the boys varsity volleyball team during seasons, leading drills, practices, games, and created rotations and line ups.
“Breakthrough Miami opened my eyes to the true opportunities I had, and assured me that my dreams were in fact within reach.“ –Ana Gonzalez
When you think of a #changemaker, you might think of Ana. Profoundly passionate about uplifting those around her, Ana devoted her time as a student at @ransomevergladesschooland as a Scholar at @carrolltonsacredheart, to giving back to her community.
Ana was awarded the prestigious @questbridgeScholarship and will be pursuing her next educational chapter at @princeton! Ana is equipped with rigorous academic experience, having pursued multiple advanced placement courses including English, Psychology, Statistics, Biology, and Environmental Science. Engaged outside of the classroom, Ana was an active Rower from 2019-2022, and was a stroke seat on the boat that earned the Scholastic Nationals Champion title in 2022 in Philadelphia.
Actively using her leadership qualities to bring about positive change in our community, Ana has served as a Volunteer at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital (@nicklaus4kids) since Summer of 2022, and Volunteered for Breakthrough Miami throughout her High School curriculum. In addition to her Volunteer experiences, Ana made #Breakthroughshappen as a Student-Athlete Wellness Coordinator, Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society): Student Leader, Anatomy Coordinator for NHS,
and as a YREP Lead Numismatics (coins) researcher.
Entering a new era of #Breakthroughs, we know Ana will continue reaching new achievements and reach post-secondary success.
“Breakthrough taught me how to get through a lot of obstacles. Each summer I gained more and more knowledge. Thanks a lot, Breakthrough.“ –Anari Taylor
As an #HonorRoll student at Booker T. Washington Senior High (@btw.shs), Anari demonstrated a passion for community involvement and leading positive change. Involving herself in extracurricular activities, Anari was a proud member of FCCLA, Big Brothers Big Sisters (@bbbsmiami), and the Overtown Youth Center (@oycmiami).
Beyond her responsibilities as a Scholar at our @ransomevergladesschool host site, Anari actively volunteered at Dade County’s Fit2Lead (@fit2leadllc) program. Making physical #Breakthroughs happen, Anari dominates the courts as a basketball player and enjoys playing flag football.
A #FirstGeneration student celebrating her most recent Breakthrough, Anari will be attending Alabama A&M University (@aamu1875) to pursue a degree in sports management. In the future, Anari hopes to run her own business.
“Breakthrough Miami has truly connected me with people and made me feel as if I could accomplish all of my dreams, regardless of how big or small they were.“ –Andrea Hernandez
Andrea is an exceptional Scholar from our @palmertrinity host site with much academic success and Breakthrough spirit. As a #HonorRoll student at the School for Advanced Studies – Homestead (@saswhitetigers), Andrea excelled in rigorous classes, consistently raising the bar. Challenging herself academically, Andrea enrolled in numerous dual-enrollment and advanced placement courses including Algebra, Sociology, Calculus, and Macroeconomics. Through her many efforts to further her education, Andrea will be graduating with an associate’s degree.
Actively involved in extracurricular activities, Andrea was a proud member of the Key Club, National Honors Society, Literary Magazine, and served as historian of Welcoming Wellness.
Proudly entering higher education as a #FirstGeneration student, Andrea celebrating recent acceptances from University of Richmond (@urichmond), Virginia Tech (@virginia.tech), University of Central Florida (@ucf.edu), Florida International University (@fiuinstagram), and @PennState.
Andrea will be attending FIU as a proud panther. #PawsUp! 🐾
“Breakthrough has provided me with a growing family environment filled with love and care. This program built my academic skills by exposing me to multiple learning opportunities along with personal growth. Breakthrough Miami has built me up to have a successful future and career.“ –Aniyah Upshaw
Making #Breakthroughs happen is simply in Aniyah’s nature. As a graduating student and #CarnivalScholarship Awardee from MAST Academy (@mastmakos), Aniyah strived for academic excellence, enrolling in advanced placement courses including Macroeconomics, United States Government & Politics, World History, and Biology.
Leading as a changemaker in our community, Aniyah served as a member of the Black Student Association Club, Hope Club, Eclipse Club, and as the Culture Club Party Organizer.
Aside from her responsibilities as a Scholar at our @ransomevergladesschool host site, Aniyah led change as a Volunteer at Project Better Miami, @FeedingSouthFlorida, the @CoconutGroveArtsFestival, and as a Breakthrough Miami Teaching Assistant and Supporting Volunteer.
Celebrating acceptances into notable universities across the nation including @PaceUniversity, @MichiganStateU, @ArizonaStateUniversity, Texas A&M University (@tamu), @StetsonU, and @AuburnU, Aniyah is on track to make additional Breakthroughs happen.
Aniyah has committed to attending @FloridaAtlantic where she will pursue a degree in Psychology, grow financial wealth, give back to her community, and develop her leadership skills.
“Being a part of Breakthrough Miami showed me what leadership is, has made it easier for me to effectively work with my peers, and has opened doors to many opportunities. Taking what I learned from Breakthrough Miami through high school helped me develop strategies for success to pursue in my future career.” –April Thomas
A bright student graduating from Miami Central Senior High (@mcsh_rockets), April navigated her academic curriculum with a strong desire to drive impact in her community. Aside from her academic responsibilities as a Scholar at our @ransomevergladesschool host site, April served as a member of @WomenOfTomorrow, the Speech and Debate Club, Key Club, and Big Brothers Big Sisters (@bbbsmiami). As a true changemaker, April regularly provided advice to younger students at her school, serving as their mentor. Continuing her impact, April volunteered her services as an office aid.
Beginning a new chapter of her journey, April has committed to @MDCollege. Upon graduating, April will attend the Navy and study law, open her own clothing business, and become a successful lawyer.
“My experience with Breakthrough Miami was an amazing experience. I was able to create bonds with different people from different areas of Miami and come together as a family. I learned so much every summer and was able to create memories with friends with every show, class, and activity. Thank you for allowing me to experience fun in learning!” –Aura Matthews
As an #HonorRoll student from William H Turner Technical Arts High School (@turnertechhs) and Scholar from our @miami_country_day_school host site, Aura is purposely positioned to create new academic Breakthroughs. Pursuing a rigorous academic schedule, Aura enrolled in multiple dual-enrollment courses including Personal Finance at the (@uofpenn) and Principles of Criminal Justice at Howard University (@howard1867).
Exceptionally balancing her academic responsibilities and extra curricular involvement, Aura was a valued member of the National Honors Society, SHAPE, and HOSA. Seeking to make an impact in our community, Aura volunteered for Police Explorers. During her free time, Aura enjoys playing flag football.
A #FirstGeneration student celebrating acceptances into many notable universities including @BarryUniversity, University of North Florida (@UofNorthFlorida), @BethuneCookman, Clark Atlanta University (@cau1988), Nova Southeastern University (@nsuflorida), and @ValdostaState, Aura is excited to begin the next chapter of her academic journey.
Aura has committed to attending Miami Dade College (@MDCollege) and dreams of becoming an entrepreneur with her own business, “Breaking through” as a real estate agent and investing in stocks.
“Being a Breakthrough Scholar allowed me to gain an advantage in my upcoming grades. I was able to learn things and be ahead of my classmates. I also went into my schools with some friends already, which was comforting as I transitioned into high school.“ –Bianca McLeod
A changemaker with her sights set on achieving #Breakthroughs, Bianca made waves as a Scholar at our @PalmerTrinity host site. Graduating from Coral Reef Senior High (@coralreefhs), Bianca furthered her knowledge by enrolling in advanced placement courses including Macroeconomics, Psychology, and English Literature.
Seeking community involvement and making an impact, Bianca was a valued member of the Miami Select Volleyball Club and Students Against Destructive Decisions. Bianca’s leadership allowed her to serve as the SkillsUSA Chairwoman, Parliamentarian, and Chairwoman for Florida Public Service Association, and as historian for multiple clubs. Furthering her impact, Bianca volunteered for @MASKMission_ and Adopt A Family, proving her commitment to community.
As a #FirstGeneration student, Bianca will be attending @SantaFeCollege then transfer to @UFlorida and pursue a double major in Political Science & Public Relations. Bianca dreams of becoming a lawyer in either the entertainment or business industry.
“Breakthrough Miami has been a sort of a torch in a tunnel for me. With Breakthrough Miami, I was able to see a little bit more clarity for the next step in my journey.“ –Bradshyr Mortimer
As a proud #HonorRoll student, Bradshyr is eager to begin the next exciting chapter of his academic journey. Graduating from MAST Academy (@mastmakos), Bradshyr immersed himself in his academics, enrolling in multiple advanced placement/dual-enrollment courses, clubs, and volunteer opportunities.
Dedicated to giving back to his community, Bradshyr made #Breakthroughs happen as the MAST Academy Coding Club Treasurer and Manager, MAST Academy Law Club Group Coordinator and Media Manager, Project Better Miami Co-Founder and Website Manager, SGA Senior Class Cambridge Liaison, and as the MAST Academy Spilt Milk Art Editor for the school magazine.
Continuing his community involvement, Bradshyr was actively involved with our Breakthrough Miami Village at @miami_country_day_school, Growlight at @fiuinstagram, Project Destined, @theunderlinemia, Unyted Learning, and the @nyahproject, where his many achievements and efforts granted him the honor of traveling to Ghana and being selected as a #NyahFellow.
When not preoccupied with his academic responsibilities, Bradshyr enjoys volunteering at MAST Academy School Supply Drives and staying active with Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
Entering a new era of Breakthroughs, Bradshyr has recently been accepted to the University of Central Florida (@ucf.edu), Florida Southern College (@floridasouthern), @PennState, and the University of South Florida (@usouthflorida). Bradshyr will attend the University of Central Florida in the fall.
“Breakthrough Miami has completely changed my life for the better, as it shaped me into the young man I am today. It establishes a great work ethic in young students and teaches endless lessons from Teaching Fellows and mentors.” –Carlos Gancedo
With a determination to pursue a meaningful education, Carlos enrolled in Dual-Enrollment Preparing For Student Success and Psychology of Personal Effectiveness courses. Leading a strong impact in our community, Carlos was a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters (@bbbsmiami) and the @Carnival Scholarship & Mentoring Program. Giving back to his community, Carlos has volunteered an impressive 200+ hours at his Church’s daycare, caring for our community’s youth.
Remaining active outside of the classroom, Carlos actively enjoys playing basketball and volleyball and often serves as a coach.
Pursuing new Breakthroughs, Carlos has committed to attending @fiuinstagram and will pursue a degree in finance. In the future, Carlos hopes to graduate with a masters degree.
“Being a Breakthrough Miami Scholar opened up a lot of opportunities for me. Before Breakthrough, I had never even heard of a private school and I never thought I would be able to attend an institution as distinguished as Ransom. Breakthrough Miami has helped me reach my full potential.” –Dadly Leon
As a strong community leader, Dadly developed her leadership through numerous community events and activities during her time as a student and Scholar at @ransomevergladesschool. Alongside a small team of her peers, Dadly won the first ever nation-wide TechRise student competition with @NASA and constructed an experiment to accompany a suborbital spacecraft.
Looking to further her education and expand her knowledge, Dadly enrolled in multiple advanced placement courses including Physics, Psychology, Calculus, and Computer Science.
Beyond her responsibilities as a Scholar and student, Dadly invested her time into her community as a member of Create for a Cause Club, the Ransom Everglades Programming Team, Advanced Chemical Experiments, and Big Brothers Big Sisters (@bbbsmiami). Giving back in hopes of creating positive change, Dadly volunteered at mangrove cleanups, as a tutor, and for our Breakthrough Miami Village.
In her free time, Dadly likes remaining active through rowing. Dadly’s impact in our community and successes as a student awarded her the incredible honor of being selected as a @questbridge Scholar.
“I joined Breakthrough and saw an example of what I could be and achieve. I was connected with people who were diverse and had goals that I never imagined. Breakthrough inspired me to chase excellence, and from there I set goals for what I wished to accomplish while in high school.“ –Damian Barbosa
Pursuing academic excellence as a student at Ronald W. Reagan Doral Senior High (@reagan_bison), Damian expanded his academic portfolio by enrolling in Advanced Placement and Dual-Enrollment courses including Human Geography, U.S Government & Politics, Statistics, and Algebra. Through his many efforts to further his education, Damian will be graduating in the top 10% of his class at Ronald Reagan Senior High, with an Associates Degree, and with a Cambridge AICE Diploma.
In addition to making #Breakthroughs happen as a Scholar at our @ransomevergladesschoolhost site, Damian was involved in numerous clubs at his school including Health Information Project (HIP), Student Government, Inter-Club Council, National Math Honor Society, and FCCLA. Leading impact in our community, Damian served as a volunteer at his school during Summer 2022, aiding the Student Government with event planning.
Damian will soon be attending @fiuinstagram to pursue a degree in English, a Masters in Creative Writing, and “Breakthrough” as a writer for movies, tv, and video games.
“Breakthrough gave me an opportunity to pursue my interests in and out of the classroom. More importantly, I was able to connect to and learn from many people with unique experiences and perspectives.“ –Daniel Odi
As a student seeking academic excellence at the School for Advanced Studies (@saswhitetigers) North Campus, Daniel enrolled in multiple advanced placement and dual-enrollment courses including Chemistry, Calculus, and Trigonometry. As an active member of our community and Village, Daniel dedicated time to Volunteering at @fairchildgarden, the Math & Coding Club, and for our Breakthrough Miami Saturday and Summer programming days at @ransomevergladesschool.
During his time as a student, Daniel remained engaged with his community through various extra curricular activities including Black Student Union, and the Science and Debate clubs. Creating #Breakthroughs on the courts, Daniel was an active football player and track runner at Dr Michael Krop Senior High (@kropshs).
“My experience as a Breakthrough Miami Scholar has had a tremendous impact on my life’s journey. It has been a source of guidance, support, and inspiration throughout the years. The program has provided me with the skills and tools I need to be successful academically and professionally.”-Dorloushie Ambroise
During her high school matriculation, Dorloushie excelled in the classroom and actively developed her leadership through involvement in various clubs including serving as the @womenoftomorrow Secretary & Vice President, First Priority President & Vice President, S.W.A.T Florida Vice President, Bring Change to Mind Vice President, Black Student Union Treasurer, Gator Talk Secretary, and as member of Open Minds Open Arms, Key Club, Law Society, Marching and Concert bands, and as a Worship Leader.
Consistently looking for ways to give back to the community, Dorloushie Volunteered at Thanksgiving and Toy Drives, @miamibookfair, Town of Miami Lakes Easter egg hunts, and at beach cleanups.
Dorloushie has committed to St. Thomas University (@stumiami) where she will pursue a major in Criminal Justice & minor in Psychology.
As a student at the School for Advanced Studies (@saswhitetigers) and #Scholar at our @ransomevergladesschool host site, Elkeyshia participated in numerous extra curricular activities and enrolled in classes to further advance her education.
Pursuing advanced academic opportunities, Elkeyshia completed 14 dual enrollment courses and enrolled in advanced placement English Literature, Macroeconomics, and Calculus, and more. Elkeyshia’s pursuits towards academic #Breakthroughs granted her the opportunity of graduating with an associates degree.
Seeking community involvement, Elkeyshia was a member of the GSA, BSU, and dance clubs at her school. Giving back to her community and our Village, Elkeyshia also served as a Volunteer at our Ransom Everglades School host site.
Now as a proud #FirstGeneration student, Elkeyshia is celebrating recent acceptances to Florida A&M University (@famu_1887), BSU, @LSU, Grambling State University (@grambling1901), Hampton University (@_hamptonu), and Xavier University of Louisiana (@xula1925).
Elkeyshia will be taking her talents to Tallahassee this fall, joining the Rattler family at Florida A&M University.
“Breakthrough Miami has opened many doors as well as provided guidance and education.” –Emma Perez
Making #Breakthroughs happen is in Emma’s nature. As a student at @SouthwestMiamiHighSchool, Emma excelled academically, enrolling in multiple courses to advance her studies including Biology, Spanish Language, and American History, allowing her to graduate with an Associates Degree. Emma’s many notable accomplishments and efforts awarded her the honor of being selected as a @CarnivalScholarship Awardee and @MiamiHeatScholarship Awardee.
Seeking to create an impact in our community, Emma actively volunteered at the @Camillus_House and @LotusHouseShelter, giving back to those in need. As a strong leader, Emma led community outreach at her church, keeping her community informed on upcoming events.
“My Breakthrough experience has impacted my life’s journey because it has shown me that there are people out there that are willing to help me with whatever I need and hoping that I succeed in life. Breakthrough has taught me to be myself and to not be afraid to win in life.“ –Erika Sermiot
A #SilverKnight Nominee graduating from North Miami Beach Senior High (@nmbchargers), Erika’s commitment to Breakthroughs and opportunity is evident in all she does. Looking to advance her education, Erika enrolled in multiple advanced placement and dual-enrollment courses including but not limited to AP World History, Biology, and DE Psychology and Music Appreciation. Actively participating in extracurricular activities, Erika was a valued member of the
Class of 2023 Club, Student Government Association, and the JROTC Drill Team. Leading change, Erika served as President of the National Honor Society and her local Choir.
Giving back to her community, Erika volunteered at Hillside Church of God, Praise Team, Dance Team, and Mass Choir.
Entering a new era of Breakthroughs as a #FirstGeneration student, Erika is celebrating acceptances to Hampton University (@_hamptonu), Florida A&M University (@famu_1887), University of San Francisco (@usfca), and @Spelman_College. Erika has committed to attending Howard University (@howard1867).
“I can say with full confidence that Breakthrough has been greatly beneficial to my life. The program helped me get a head start on the work & topics for my grade, and made school a little less of a struggle. Breakthrough helps develop their Scholars’ social skills, and helps them nurture and grow. I am a good example of this program’s success.“ –Gabriel Bynum
While making #Breakthroughs happen as a student at Booker T. Washington Senior High (@btw.shs), Gabriel worked towards furthering his education, enrolling in multiple dual-enrollment and advanced placement courses including English, World History, and Finance.
Shining as a student at Booker T. and a Scholar at our @ransomevergladesschool host site, Gabriel remains committed to community involvement and academic excellence. Gabriel actively pursued extra curricular opportunities. As a valued member of multiple clubs including the National Honors Society, HIP, Astronomy Magnet, Engineering Magnet, and @5000RoleModels, Gabriel is leading great impact in our community. Lighting up the classroom and the field, Gabriel shined as a track & field and cross country runner.
Gabriel’s impressive leadership skills granted him the opportunity to serve as a Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol leader, and Student Government Association member. Giving back to the community that has uplifted him, Gabriel Volunteered at @AchieveMiamiand the @BoyScoutsOfAmerica. Through his hard work, efforts, & dedication as a student, Gabriel will attend Florida International University as a @fiuinstagram Golden #Scholar.
“As a Breakthrough Miami Scholar, I feel completely grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had through Breakthrough. It’s a warm community in which I have been mentored through from such a young age, and I can’t be thankful enough for everyone who has been there to mentor and guide me.” –Genessis Naranjo
Genessis is passionately committed to our Breakthrough Miami Village, and to her role as a Scholar. As an #HonorRoll student graduating from Coral Gables Senior High (@coralgables_shs), Genessis has served in numerous clubs, proving her dedication to our community.
Building on her academic portfolio, Genessis enrolled in advanced placement, dual enrollment, and IB Coursework including but not limited to English Language & Composition, European History, Criminology, Contemporary History, and Biology.
As a member of the National Honor Society, IBHS, Key Club, French Honor Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters (@bbbsmiami), and as a Breakthrough Miami Summer Volunteer throughout her high school curriculum at our @ransomevergladesschool host site, Genessis’ Volunteer service and community involvement is exceptional. Genessis’ commitment to community and academic excellence allowed her to #Breakthrough as an awardee of the @Carnival Scholarship & Mentoring Program.
Equipped with the proper knowledge and experience to continue “BreakingThrough”, Genessis is entering University as a proud #FirstGeneration student and celebrating acceptances to @FloridaStateUniversity, @fiuinstagram, @usouthflorida, @lsu, @olemiss, @UCSC, @cuboulder, @ArizonaStateUniversity, @uofdenver, @mizzou, and @uoftampa.
Genessis is excited to join the Seminole family this fall, committing to Florida State University.
“Breakthrough has facilitated my voice and helped me gain communication and leadership skills necessary for the future.“ –Gianna Joyce
A natural born #changemaker, Gianna entered our program with a desire to lead and drive positive change. As a student at Coral Reef Senior High School (@coralreefhs), Gianna strived for academic enrichment and excellence, participating in advanced placement courses including: Politics, World History, and English, in order to advance her studies. As a Scholar at our @palmertrinity host site, Gianna was engaged in her studies and actively shared Breakthrough Miami’s mission and message with her community.
Wanting to participate and remain active with our community, Gianna was involved with the Thespian club, Black Student Union, and Big Brothers Big Sisters (@bbbsamerica).
Remaining true to her dedication for our Village, Gianna made #Breakthroughs possible as a Breakthrough Miami Teaching Fellow, Academic Success Coach, and Volunteer.
As she prepares for her bright future, Gianna is celebrating a recent acceptance into Montclair State University (@montclairstateu) and Pace University. She is excited to pursue a degree in musical theater at Pace University (@paceuniversity) in New York.
“Breakthrough Miami was an amazing experience for me. I learned so much. I learned how to be more responsible and balanced with my life.“ –Hector Blanco
Hector’s passion for his community is evident from his many experiences in extracurricular activities and community involvement. As a student at @MiamiCoralPark Senior High School, Hector pursued courses that would advance his education, enrolling in advanced placement United States Government & Politics, Computer Science A, Physics C: Mechanics, and dual-enrollment Foundation of Fitness.
Involving himself in his community, Hector was an esteemed member of his school’s engineering club, team captain for the volleyball and basketball teams, and an excellent Scholar at our @ransomevergladesschool host site. Giving back, Hector volunteered at blood drives around our community.
“Throughout the years, Breakthrough has helped me be in a safe and educational environment during my summers, and has helped me tremendously throughout my college application process.“ –Isabella Loayza
Isabella embodies the very characteristics of a true #changemaker. As a student at @miamiartsstudio and Scholar at our @carrolltonsacredheart host site, Isabella sought opportunities that would help her advance academically. Understanding the power of a valuable education, Isabella enrolled in advanced placement and dual-enrollment courses including: Calculus, World History, and Psychology.
Seeking to make an impact in her community, Isabella was involved with the Speech and Debate Club, Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society), National Honor Society, Florida Law Honor Society, the Class of 2023 Board, and was the Health Information Project’s Secretary. Creating mental and physical Breakthroughs, Isabella stayed active through dance and cheerleading, and led as a recreational coach at Leyva Gymnastics (@leyvagym).
Continuing her community involvement, Isabella served as a Breakthrough Miami Volunteer, a @vicecitydance Summer and Winter Camp Volunteer, and participated in the Middle School Law Program’s after school activities for an impressive total of 534 hours.
Celebrating her most recent #Breakthroughs, Isabella has been accepted to: @floridastateuniversity, @usouthflorida, @ucf.edu, and @pittofficial, and will be attending Miami Dade Honors College (@mdchonors).
“Being a Breakthrough Miami Scholar showed me to put my education first while having fun. It created so many learning opportunities to grow and better myself.“ –Jaida Pastora
Jaida is not only an exceptional student, but an active member of her community through multiple service and Volunteer experiences. Throughout her time at Miami Central High School (@mcsh_rockets), Jaida pursued a rigorous academic schedule through advanced placement and dual-enrollment courses. Jaida also pursued immersive extracurricular experiences, including being a member of the Top Teens of America (TTA) and the student government – public affairs. Maintaining an active mind and body, Jaida is an active volleyball player and cheerleader.
In addition to her commitment as a Breakthrough Miami #Scholar at our @miami_country_day_school host site, Jaida made Breakthroughs happen through community work with her schools drama club and at breast cancer awareness races.
Entering a new chapter of #Breakthroughs, Jaida is celebrating acceptances to Clark Atlanta University (@cau1988), Louisiana State University (@lsu), and Miami-Dade College (@mdcollege). Jaida will attend LSU in the fall.
“Breakthrough gave me the foundation I needed for high school and preparing for college.“ –Jamari Cooley
Possessing a passion for community support, Jamari Volunteered at numerous community clean ups, helping keep our community safe, clean, and vibrant. Wanting to support other youth in his community, Jamari was an esteemed member of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Miami (@bbbsmiami).
Beyond his Scholar and student responsibilities, Jamari enjoys playing chess and football, and is developing strong leadership skills through work.
During his time as a Scholar, Jamari participated in our College Tour where he was able to gain knowledge about the various Colleges and Universities in our state.
Jamari has been recently accepted into St. Thomas University (@stumiami) where he has dreams of #BreakingThrough! 💡
“Breakthrough Miami changed my sense of responsibility and made me appreciate being around people and learning from them.“ –Javier Muhina
As a student at Coral Reef Senior High (@coralreefhs), Javier valued extracurricular involvement, creating change as a member of the STEM Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters (@bbbsmiami). Expanding his academic portfolio, Javier enrolled in advanced placement Biology and Spanish Language, as well as Dual-Enrollment: Preparing for Student Success.
Giving back to our community and Village, Javier stayed engaged as a Breakthrough Volunteer at our @ransomevergladesschoolhost site, serving as a mentor and aid to younger Scholars. Remaining active outside of the classroom, Javier enjoys swimming.
“Breakthrough Miami has impacted my life’s journey by guiding me through amazing opportunities that have opened so many doors for me, eventually leading me to a successful future.” –Jaydis Garcia
As a student and Scholar at @palmertrinity, Jaydis fully immersed herself in her education and community with a commitment to making #Breakthroughs possible. Understanding the power of education, Jaydis enrolled in multiple IB coursework including history, English, math, and biology.
Actively engaging with her community, Jaydis was a valued member of the Women on Wall Street, Metamorphosis Club, and Environmental Action Clubs. Creating both physical and mental Breakthroughs, Jaydis led as the Girls Varsity Soccer Team Manager. Committed to giving back, Jaydis served as a Breakthrough Miami Volunteer, and a Lotus House Women’s Shelter Volunteer, where she assisted in research development to find an end to homelessness for women and children.
Expanding her #Breakthroughs, Jaydis participated in the #NYLF Medicine Envision Program where she learned from doctors, participated in curriculums & clinical skill rotations, and explored professional opportunities at St. John’s University (@stjohnsu).
Graduating as a proud #FirstGenerationstudent, Jaydis is celebrating acceptances from universities including: @univmiami, @fiuinstagram, @paceuniversity, @nsuflorida, and more! Jaydis will be attending the University of Miami in the fall.
“Breakthrough has added so much fun and diversity to my journey.“ –Jayla Dorsett
As an #HonorRoll recipient graduating from Miami Northwestern Senior High School (@mnwbulls55), Jayla pursued her education with a strong desire to lead and succeed academically. Leading impact, Jayla served as the Freshman Class Treasurer and Junior Class Vice President. As a Scholar at our @ransomevergladesschool host site, Jayla expanded her knowledge through electives and core classes. Committed to community, Jayla Volunteered at the Young Contemporary Dance Theater (@ycdt_supastudio), helping younger students.
Celebrating recent acceptances into universities including Alabama A&M University (@aamu1875), Jackson State University (@jacksonstateu), @SouthernStateUniversity, and Tennessee State University (@tennstateu), Jayla is well prepared to enter her next era of Breakthroughs.
Jayla has committed to Clark Atlanta University (@cau1988) where she will pursue a degree in criminal justice and “Breakthrough” as a future Police or FBI agent.
Seeking extracurricular involvement, Jeremiah was a member of the Performing and Visual Arts Center (PAVAC) drama program and assisted in an after-school program at @TRUPrepAcademy during summers. Giving back to the community around him, Jeremiah aided in volunteer efforts at Gwen Cherry Park, volunteering community hours and assisting our youth during practices.
Entering this new academic chapter as a #FirstGeneration student, Jeremiah is celebrating recent acceptances to South Carolina State University (@scstate1896), Florida Memorial University (@fmu_official), and Saint Thomas University (@stumiami). In the future, Jeremiah hopes to “Breakthrough” in his personal life and reach great success.
“Being a part of Breakthrough Miami has been able to prepare me for college and higher levels of education.“ –Jeremiah Estinvil
Possessing a bright mind and determination to reach academic success, Jeremiah made waves happen as a Scholar at our @GulliverPrep_ host site. As a graduating #HonorRoll student from the Medical Academy for Science and Technology (@mastmedical), Jeremiah kickstarted his journey towards his future career, enrolling in advanced placement and dual-enrollment courses including Biology, Environmental Science, and Calculus.
Connecting with his peers and community, Jeremiah was an esteemed member of the TSA/Robotics Club, Chess Club, NEHS, Mu Alpha Theta, and Pre-Med club. Actively leading, Jeremiah served as Secretary and Treasurer of the Student Government. Giving back to our community, Jeremiah volunteers at his church and pursued an internship at Martin Luther King Jr. Clinica Campesina Health Care (@chisouthfl).
Entering a new chapter of his academic journey, Jeremiah will be attending @fiuinstagram to complete a degree in biology followed by a residency to pursue his dream of becoming a neurosurgeon.
“Breakthrough Miami taught me leadership skills and how to step out of my comfort zone. I won class Vice President in my 6th grade year at Breakthrough, and I have been regarded as a leader ever since. Breakthrough showed me that I was good at more than just basketball.“ –Jordan Bankston
Beyond excelling in the classroom, Jordan actively sought out ways to be involved in programs that would allow him to drive change. Aside from his leadership in our Village as a Scholar, Jordan served as President of the Black Student Union, Council for #GulliverPrep DEI, Founder & President of the Culture Club, Decision Council for G-Pach, a Link Mentor, member of the Embrace Christian Culture Club, and News Director for Raidervision.
During freshman year, Jordan attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference as a Student Attendee, being among one of six students selected to attend with student leaders from across the U.S. and abroad.
Actively supporting his community as a Volunteer, Jordan has served as a Breakthrough Miami Volunteer, a Volunteer Assistant Coach for Gulliver Prep’s Summer Basketball Camp, and has organized Shoe Drives for homeless youth. Jordan also is an accomplished basketball player with Gulliver’s varsity team.
Proudly entering this new academic chapter as a #FirstGeneration student, Jordan has been accepted to @highpointu, @queensuniv, @ncatsuaggies, @uofsc, @pointparku, @webber_edu, @eckerdlife, and @LynnUniversity. Jordan will attend Highpoint University in the fall.
“Breakthrough Miami has encouraged me to pursue many of my goals while acting as a support for me to achieve them. I’ve learned so much academically and personally. I genuinely believe that without Breakthrough, I would not have had the motivation to challenge myself in the ways that I have.“ –Jovani Pitterson
A true changemaker in nature, Jovani is a model Scholar. Having achieved multiple Breakthroughs as an #HonorRoll student at the School for Advanced Studies – Homestead (@sashomestead) and as a Scholar at our @PalmerTrinity host site, Jovani is exceptionally prepared for his bright future.
Pursuing a higher education as a high school student, Jovani’s enrollment and success in over ten advanced placement and dual-enrollment courses has allowed him the #Breakthrough of graduating with an Associate’s Degree.
Seeking extracurricular involvement, Jovani made Breakthroughs happen as a member of the Math Honor Society, MOSTEC Program, the Youth Advisory Committee, and as Vice-President of the Math Club.
Outside of his many academic successes, Jovani led impact in our community, volunteering at his local library, community garden, at Habitat for Humanity House, and at Tree Giveaway.
Eager to enter a new academic chapter, Jovani will be attending the Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (@mitpics) and pursue a major in math and physics before entering graduate school. In the future, Jovani hopes to work in computational mathematics or as a math researcher.
“I loved my time at Breakthrough. I met many of my great friends here who I will always go through life with. Breakthrough brought many opportunities my way so I could learn & succeed such as learning new materials for future classes, to opening a door to the Carnival scholarship.“ –Kevin Hernandez
As a student at @barbaragolemansrhigh, Kevin made his education a priority by enrolling in multiple advanced placement courses, allowing him to graduate as an #HonorRoll student. Following his successes as a student and Scholar at our @ransomevergladesschool host site, Kevin was recognized and awarded by the @Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program.
Committed to community, Kevin participated in various beach clean-ups and donation events during his time as a student. Seeking opportunities to advance his leadership skills, Kevin was an esteemed member of Big Brothers Big Sisters (@bbbsmiami) – the nation’s largest mentoring network. Aside from his extracurricular involvement, Kevin is an avid wrestler.
Proudly entering this new chapter of his academic journey as a #FirstGenerationstudent, Kevin is celebrating a recent acceptance into Florida International University (@fiuinstagram) where he seeks to continue “BreakingThrough.”
“I can honestly say I had the time of my life as a Breakthrough Miami Scholar. I had fun and learned a lot about myself and my second family. I am less shy, and I speak what is on my mind instead of holding my tongue. This is because of Breakthrough.“ –Kimora Revere
Kimora embodies the many great characteristics our Scholars possess – responsibility, compassion, and a motivation for success. As a student at South Dade Senior High School (@southdadehs), Kimora fully immersed herself in her education, enrolling in multiple AP, dual-enrollment, and IB coursework. Valuing extra curricular involvement, Kimora was a valued member of the Spanish Honor Society, Drama Club, STAND Club, @womenoftomorrow, and the Science Honor Society. Through all her efforts, Kimora will be graduating as an #HonorRoll recipient.
As a Scholar at our @palmertrinity host site, Kimora was engaged in her education and excelled academically. Continuing her support for our Village and community, Kimora Volunteered for Breakthrough during the summer of 2021, and dedicated time to volunteering at her church.
Now as a proud #FirstGeneration student, Kimora has been accepted to over 10 colleges and hopes to continue creating positive change in her community. Kimora will be attending @FloridaStateUniversity as a proud Seminole.
“Being a Breakthrough Scholar has opened my world to so many more options and opportunities that I never before thought possible. I met so many great people through Breakthrough, some of them becoming my very best friends. Breakthrough Miami gave me a community that I never knew I needed, but now I can’t imagine my life without it.“ –Leah Maduro
Leah joined our Breakthrough Village as a Scholar at our @GulliverPrep_ host site with a determination to create Breakthroughs for herself and her peers.
As a graduating student from @RansomEvergladesSchool, Leah pursued a meaningful education, enrolling in multiple advanced placement courses including English Language and Composition, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Statistics, and U.S History.
With a deep passion for community involvement, Leah was a proud member of the Black Students Association and Miami Venturing Entrepreneurs. Leading change, Leah served as the Varsity Captain for her softball team and as Band president. Sharing her skills as a changemaker with our Village, Leah led as a Breakthrough Miami Volunteer during Breakthrough Saturdays. Creating additional Breakthroughs outside of the classroom, Leah actively plays volleyball, basketball, and enjoys crew.
Leah will soon continue to make Breakthroughs happen at Hampton University (@_hamptonu) where she will pursue degrees in Business Finance and Film. Upon graduating, Leah dreams of “Breaking Through” in a job in the film industry.
“Being a Breakthrough Miami Scholar has allowed me to prioritize and be eager about my education. Breakthrough Miami will be an experience that I will never forget.“ –Makayla Antoine
Looking to further her education, Makayla enrolled in numerous advanced placement and dual-enrollment courses including Biology, Education, Spanish, and English Composition.
Leading with purpose, Makayla was an active member of the National Honor Society, HIP, Vice President of Student Government Association, a Miami Central Cheerleader, and served as a Peer Leader. Volunteering in her community, Makayla assisted at the Optimist Youth Cheerleaders – Overtown Tornadoes, and was an administrative assistant at New Life Medical Center in #LittleHavana.
Entering a new era of her academic journey, Makayla is celebrating recent acceptances into various notable Universities including: @barryuniversity, @fiuinstagram, @lsu, @tennstateu, and @jacksonstateu and will be attending LSU in the fall.
“Breakthrough Miami has been amazing and it’s helped me learn a lot.“ –Manuel Medina
Manuel entered our program as a Scholar at @miami_country_day_school with a determination to succeed academically. As a graduating student from Miami Lakes Educational Center (@mlecjaguars), Manuel participated in extra curricular activities, leading as a member of the Hispanic Heritage Club and Volunteering at Tree Planting events at local parks. Through Manuel’s many efforts and successes, he will be graduating with a certificate in mechanics.
Looking towards his bright future, Manuel will be attending Miami Dade College (@MDCollege) as a proud shark and hopes to “Breakthrough” in the automobile industry, modifying cars that haven’t been modified before.
“As a Breakthrough Miami Scholar, I learned life skills and gained access to opportunities that I never knew were possible. Now as a Teaching Fellow, I have the chance to guide the new generation in navigating the world and the job market. I feel grateful for everything I learned and even more so that I can give back in a way that matters.“ –Maya Alsopp
As a Scholar from our @palmertrinity host site, Maya sought enriching academic experiences and strong relationships within our Village that would propel her towards Breakthroughs. While a student at @coralreefhs, Maya enrolled in IB Coursework and advanced placement courses including Chemistry, World History, and English.
Enthusiastic about community involvement, Maya led as the President of the Youth Advisory Committee – South Branch, Vice President and Social Media Manager of PSI Alpha, Secretary of Black Student Union, Teen Ambassador for @theunderlinemia, Social Media Manager of Philosophy Club, and as a Teaching Fellow & Lead Volunteer for Breakthrough Miami. Committed to ensuring positive change within our community and the world around her, Maya was a Conservation Teen Scientist, member of the Youth Advisory Committee, and a member of the philosophy club. Aside from her extracurricular and community involvement, Maya was a @mishas.cupcakes store associate and a @crumblcookies baker. Through her efforts, service, & many accomplishments, Maya was selected as a @possefoundation finalist.
Now eager to start the next exciting chapter of her life, Maya is celebrating acceptances to @ucf.edu, @pennstate, @floridastateuniversity, @uflorida, @spelman_college, @famu_1887, @setonhall, & others. Maya will attend the University of Florida in the fall.
“I love Breakthrough Miami and I am very grateful to have been a part of the program. It has given me endless opportunities and I have made friends there that I hope to be life long friendships.“ –Melanie Garcia
As a student at Coral Gables Senior High (@coralgables_shs), Melanie valued excelling academically by enrolling in various AP, IB Coursework, and dual enrollment courses including but not limited to: English Language and Composition, English Literature and more. As a student, Melanie showed her love for extra curricular activities through her involvement with the @Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program, IB Honor Society, Chess Club, French Honor Society, Gables Earth, and as Captain of the Basketball Team. Melanie will be proudly graduating this year as an #HonorRoll recipient.
As a #Scholar at our @ransomevergladesschoolhost site, Melanie was eager to pursue a meaningful and memorable Scholar experience through various means. Aside from her responsibilities as a Scholar, Melanie also Volunteered for our program, helping give back to our Scholars as our Volunteers have for her. Melanie is also passionate about keeping our community and ecosystems clean, having participated in numerous beach cleanups.
“Breakthrough Miami has changed my life. Since the first moment, I received endless opportunities to better my future. I will always be grateful for this program and everything it has done for me.“ –Melanie Lemus
An #HonorRoll student and @PosseFoundationfinalist graduating from @SouthwestMiamiHigh, Melanie leads with intention and is success-driven. Expanding her academic portfolio, Melanie enrolled in IB Coursework and Advanced Placement courses including Calculus, Biology, and Human Geography. As a Scholar at our @GulliverPrep_ host site, Melanie expanded her knowledge by remaining present and active in our Village.
A community leader, Melanie served as a Breakthrough Miami President, a Breakthrough Miami Council Officer, an Electrocardiogram Technician (EKG Certified), a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant, Treasurer of Eagle Fan Club for 2 years, and as an Orientation Representative for Medical Academy.
Furthering her community involvement, Melanie was a valued member of Andrea Jaime Medical Leaders, Earth Club, FBLA, NHS, IBHS, History Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Eagles Fan Club, Key Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters (@bbbsmiami), was a Health Occupations Students of America regionals state qualifier, and a @NyahProject finalist. Remaining physically active, Melanie is an avid indoor and beach volleyball player.
Leading impact in our community, Melanie volunteered at beach cleanups, card deliveries for veterans, assisted in lawn work at her school, and served as a Breakthrough Miami Volunteer.
Melanie will attend @MDCMedicalCampus to pursue a degree in nursing and become a certified nurse anesthetist.
“Being a Breakthrough Miami Scholar has allowed me to realize the power of having a community to support and encourage you to achieve your greatest potential.” –Mia Hernandez
Devoted to participating within her community, Mia served as a @vitashospice Intern assisting hospice patients, a Breakthrough Miami Teaching Fellow and an Academic Success Coach at @miami_country_day_school, a @TheChildrensTrust Summer Intern, Church Volunteer/Media Assistant/Teacher Assistant for youth groups, and a Dr. Henry W. Mack West Little River K-8 Center Tutor (@themack_k8) tutoring children in math and reading.
As a strong leader, Mia held various leadership positions including being Vice President then President of the Student Government where she led SGA events and fundraisers, Co-Chair of National Honor Society planning chapter meetings and events, President of Health Occupations Society of America (HOSA) assisting students with health care skills through competitive events, and as SHAPE President where Mia led initiatives to further community service involvement. Additionally, Mia was an esteemed member of the Positive Imprint and @TheChildrensTrust Youth Advisory Committee.
Mia is entering a new chapter of her academic journey as a #FirstGeneration student, celebrating recent acceptances to over 20 schools including @adelphiu with a scholarship, @barryuniversity with a full ride scholarship, @cau1988, @FloridaAtlantic University with a scholarship, @FloridaStateUniversity with a scholarship and CARE, @nsuflorida with a scholarship, @stjohnsu with a full tuition scholarship, @univflorida with a full ride, and @uoftampa with a scholarship. Mia will be attending the University of Florida.
“I am grateful for the Breakthrough program and the positive uplifting influence the Breakthrough family has afforded me.” -Michael Richards
As a bright student graduating from Treasure Coast High School, Michael excelled at his academic curriculum through his involvement as a Scholar at our @PalmerTrinity host site.
Seeking ways to improve our community, Michael actively volunteered with Medical Mission to Haiti Angels of Caribbean, a program created to provide support and care for communities in Haiti and the Caribbean. In the future, Michael hopes to “Break Through” as a professional bass guitar player.
“Breakthrough Miami made it easy for me to find the resources I needed throughout my entire college application; from being accepted to finding the college that I wanted to go.“ –Natalia Noda
Natalia is a hard-working, high-spirited #HonorRoll student graduating from BioTech @ Richmond Heights High School (@biotechrichmond). Having prioritized her high school experience, Natalia enrolled in advanced placement Psychology and the dual-enrollment course: Preparing for Student Success.
Committed to community, Natalia was an esteemed member of the D&D and Athletics Clubs and served as Treasurer for the National Honor Society. Understanding the power of giving back, Natalia is a former Breakthrough Miami Volunteer, Teaching Assistant, and Intern. Possessing an active mind & body, Natalia enjoys participating in Taekwondo (ATA). Natalia’s many extracurricular activities and academic accomplishments awarded her the honor of being selected as a @PosseFoundation finalist.
As a #FirstGeneration student celebrating acceptances to Temple University (@templeuniv), Florida International University (@fiuinstagram), Miami Dade Honors College (@mdchonors), University of South Florida (@usouthflorida), @BarryUniversity, Nova Southern University (@nsuflorida), Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (@acphsofficial), and Florida Southern College (@floridasouthern), Natalia is ready to keep “BreakingThrough”! Natalia has committed to MDC Honors College.
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“Being a Breakthrough Scholar for the past 7 years has prepared me and made me future forward and focused, as it put me on a path towards success in college and beyond.“ –Nathaniel Surrancy, II
As a student receiving a notable education at Robert Morgan Senior High (@rmec.pirates), Nathaniel accelerated his journey towards achieving post-academic success by enrolling in Algebra I IB Coursework, and dual enrollment Preparing for Student Success. Juggling his academics and responsibilities as a Scholar at our @gulliverprep_ host site, Nathaniel’s many efforts awarded him the honor of graduating as an #HonorRoll student.
Leading impact in our community, Nathaniel was a member of HOSA, and The River of Life Church-Miami (TRLC-Miami) where he led ministry and sound. Committed to making positive change happen, Nathaniel served as a Breakthrough Miami Volunteer, giving back to our Village.
Breaking Through to new heights, Nathaniel has recently been accepted to Florida International University (@fiuinstagram), University of Central Florida (@ucf.edu), and the University of South Florida (@usouthflorida). Nathaniel has committed to the University of Central Florida.
Seeking academic success throughout his academic journey at Coral Reef Senior High (@coralreefhs), Nicolas actively sought out ways to further his education and reach Breakthroughs. Enrolling in advanced placement courses including Macroeconomics, Psychology, Calculus, and Physics, Nicolas is well-positioned to continue making academic Breakthroughs happen.
As a Scholar at our @PalmerTrinity host site, Nicolas excelled in his classes and contributed to his community. Aside from his academic responsibilities, Nicolas was engaged as a member of the Technology Student Association (TSA), T3, @5000RoleModels, and as Vice President of Florida Future Educators of America (FFEA). Remaining physically active, Nicolas enjoys participating in Varsity Track and Field.
Entering a new era of Breakthroughs, Nicolas is excited to attend Florida International University (@fiuinstagram) as a proud panther and pursue a degree in electrical engineering. Nicolas dreams of becoming a successful audio engineer in Broadway and Hollywood.
“My Breakthrough Miami experience has opened many doors for me and has put me in better positions to make boss moves.” –Omari Monroe
As an #HonorRoll student graduating from American Senior High School (@7011patriots), Omari is well-prepared to make Breakthroughs happen. Preparing his future for success, Omari enrolled in advanced placement United States Government & Politics and Chemistry courses. As a #Scholar at our @miami_country_day_school host site, Omari actively worked towards expanding his academic portfolio.
Seeking community involvement, Omari led as a Band Captain and served as a member of @5000RoleModels and Big Brothers Big Sisters (@bbbsmiami), providing mentorship for youth in our community. Looking to leave a lasting impact, Omari regularly volunteered at homeless shelters, helping feed those in need in our community.
Omari has recently been accepted to multiple notable universities across the nation including @AlabamaStateUniversity, @BethuneCookman, Florida Memorial University (@fmu_official), and Edward Waters University (@ewc_tigers).
Entering a new chapter of his academic journey, Omari will soon be attending Edward Waters where he will pursue a degree in Biology/PreMed and “BreakThrough” in the medical field.
“Being part of Breakthrough as a Scholar, Volunteer and Teaching Fellow has really opened my eyes to see how this program is really changing lives and opening up doors for the community.” -Randy Chan
Striving for excellence as a student at Coral Gables Senior High (@coralgables_shs) and as a Scholar at our @ransomevergladesschoolhost site, Randy excelled academically through numerous engagement opportunities. Pursuing a meaningful education, Randy enrolled in various dual-enrollment courses including Public Relations, Literature, and Writing.
As a strong leader in his community, Randy was the Sophomore Representative for the Academy of Finance (AOF) and Future Business Leaders of America’s Board of Membership, Treasurer for AOF during his junior and senior years, and the Treasurer for Best Buddies. Keeping active both in the classroom and on the courts, Randy was an avid badminton player.
Continuing his passion for community support, Randy volunteered with Breakthrough from his Freshman year through Senior year on his Saturdays and Summers, and also served as a Breakthrough Miami Teaching Fellow last summer.
“Breakthrough Miami has had a profound impact on my life. Through this program, I’ve had the opportunity to expand my academic horizons, develop new skills, and grow as a person. Breakthrough Miami has been an unforgettable experience that I will always cherish and carry with me as I move forward in life.” –Raven Audevert
A graduating #HonorRoll student from Design and Architecture Senior High (@dashschool), Raven shared her creativity with our Village and community through numerous extra curricular activities. Advancing her artistic skills, Raven enrolled in Dual-Enrollment Painting & Drawing and Advanced Placement courses including Studio Art and 3-D Design. Leading positive change in our community, Raven was a member of the BSU Club, @WomenOfTomorrow, and served as her school’s Yearbook Editor.
Celebrating her most recent Breakthroughs, Raven has been accepted into multiple notable Universities including University of Miami (@univmiami), New York University (@nyuniversity), Clark Atlanta University (@cau1988), Spelman College (@spelman_college), @PrattInstitute, and the @MarylandInstituteCollegeOfArt.
Raven has committed to attending the School of Visual Arts (@svanyc) where she will pursue a degree in Graphic Design/ Advertising and eventually become a successful graphic designer in the industry.
“Breakthrough Miami has helped me in many ways including guidance throughout college applications. Most importantly, Breakthrough provided me with an environment of encouragement and success, all while being alongside life-long friends.” -Ricardo Ismodes
An exceptional #HonorRoll student graduating from Miami Southridge Senior High School (@miamisouthridgeshs), Ricardo prioritized community involvement throughout his academic curriculum. Expanding his knowledge and academic portfolio, Ricardo enrolled in multiple advanced placement courses including United States Government & Politics, Statistics, Physics B, and Spanish.
While making #Breakthroughs happen as a Scholar at our @PalmerTrinity host site, Ricardo served as a Breakthrough Miami Volunteer during summer programming and at Albion SC (@albionscmiami) coaching our community’s youth. Leading additional impact on the field, Carlos led as the Varsity Soccer Captain for 3 years.
Celebrating entering college as a #FirstGeneration student and #FIU Golden Scholar, Ricardo will be attending @fiuinstagram to pursue a degree in Kinesiology and “Breakthrough” as a psychical therapist and personal trainer with a track towards a doctorates.
“Without Breakthrough, I wouldn’t have known about the enormous educational opportunities available to first generation Scholars like me. I am forever grateful that Breakthrough Miami has impacted my life in the best ways, and I plan to continue its mission wherever I go.” -Rogelio Munoz-Franco
As a Scholar and student at @ransomevergladesschool, Rogelio made #Breakthroughs happen in abundance. During his time as a student, Rogelio prioritized being involved with his community through extracurricular activities and Volunteer work. Maintaining a strong community presence, Rogelio was an esteemed member of the Ransom Everglades History Club, Students Against Gun Violence, French Culture Club, Student Government Association, Health Information Project, served as an BTM Teaching Fellow, Volunteer, and Teaching Assistant, and was Crew Team Captain, his Senior Class’s President, and Chemistry Club Vice President.
Flexing his impressive academic skills, Rogelio partook in various AP Courses including Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Environmental Science, United States History and is graduating as a proud #HonorRoll recipient.
Active in the classroom and also on the field, Rogelio achieved physical #Breakthroughs on the courts through Cross Country, Crew, and Track & Field and made a splash in the water with Crew team.
Now as a #FirstGeneration student, Rogelio has recently been accepted into Northwestern University (@northwesternu) and Macalester College (@macalestercollege), and has decided on attending Northwestern University.
“Breakthrough Miami has structured me and provided me with information I now realize I needed. It also gave me a family and friends that I have grown up with and still know. I’m grateful for everything Breakthrough has done for me.” -Roosevelt Hadley
An #HonorRoll student graduating from McArthur High School, Roosevelt traversed his academic curriculum with a strong sense of responsibility and dedication. Applying his passion for community involvement, Roosevelt was a valued member of Jobs for Graduates, Men In Bow Ties, and @5000RoleModels. Creating Breakthroughs outside of the classroom, Roosevelt led as Captain of his school’s Football Team and participated in track. Beyond his participation as a Scholar at our @ransomevergladesschool host site, Roosevelt led impact in our community, volunteering at concession stands for multiple games and assisting in voting registrations.
Proudly entering a new chapter of his academic journey, Roosevelt will be attending Washington State University (@wsupullman) to pursue a major in finance and minor in marketing. Roosevelt hopes to become more involved in the stock, trade, and crypto industries and “Breakthrough” as a financial field advisor or firefighter.
“Breakthrough has allowed me to become a thriving and hard-working student.” -Rose Lattimore
Rose is a responsible, motivated, and success-driven Scholar from our @ransomevergladesschool host site. During her time as a student at William H. Turner Technical Arts High School (@turnertechhs), Rose enrolled in multiple dual-enrollment courses including American History, English, and Algebra. Celebrating her most recent #Breakthrough, Rose will be graduating as a proud #HonorRoll recipient.
Heavily involved in extra curricular activities, Rose was an active member of the Bible study club, Chess club, and participated in Flag Football. Leading with purpose, Rose was the Cheerleading Captain and Vice President of DECA.
Understanding the power and impact of Volunteering in our community, Rose taught free swim lessons during her summers and assisted at summer camps.
Breaking Through as a proud #FirstGenerationstudent, Rose has been recently accepted to multiple notable Universities including Clark Atlanta University (@cau1988), @bethunecookman, Jackson State University (@jacksonstateu), and South Carolina State University (@scstate1896). Rose will be attending Bethune Cookman College in the fall.
“Breakthrough Miami has impacted my life in many ways. It has helped me succeed academically and socially; Taking my skills to a new and higher than before level.” -Samuel Estermine
An active Scholar pursuing academic success, Samuel sought ways to advance his curriculum while a student at William H. Turner Tech (@turnertechhs). Samuel enrolled in AP Environmental Science and the Dual-Enrollment course: Preparing for Student Success while simultaneously excelling at his academic responsibilities.
As a Scholar at our @miami_country_day_school host site, Samuel consistently remained committed to his studies and academic progress. Looking to be an active member of our community, Samuel was an esteemed member of @5000RoleModels – one of Miami Dade’s largest mentoring programs.
Shooting for additional #Breakthroughs, Samuel is an active basketball player and enjoys playing during his free time.
Samuel is now celebrating recent acceptances to @SetonHall University, St. Thomas University (@stumiami), @JohnsonAndWalesUniversity, @BethuneCookman, and @FloridaAtlantic University. Samuel hopes to “BreakThrough” in the Information Technology field upon graduating college.
“I have dedicated lots of time and energy to Breakthrough Miami, and it has been tremendously rewarding to see the positive impact I am able to make in the lives of younger students who are just like me. From the time I first started, I have grown into a completely different person in so many ways, and I am so grateful for the opportunities Breakthrough Miami has provided for me to learn, mature, mentor, and lead.” -Shaya Lewis
Shaya is an exemplary student and an active member of her community through various volunteer experiences. Throughout her time as a student at @coralreefhs, Shaya pursued an ambitious academic schedule inside and outside the classroom. Exploring and furthering her education through multiple dual-enrollment and advanced placement courses, Shaya has all the qualities of a true rockstar student.
As a community leader, Shaya led as the Executive Vice President then President of the Academy of Finance, Vice President and Liaison of FBLA, Vice President then President of Caribbean Club, Boys Basketball Manager, and Vice President and later President of Breakthrough Miami’s Volunteer Council. Continuing her community involvement, Shaya was an active member of the National Honor Society and dedicated time to Volunteering for Key Club, Breakthrough Miami at @gulliverprep_, and at beach cleanups and various donations.
Proudly graduating with numerous #Breakthroughs, Shaya has recently been accepted into numerous universities including: @clemsonuniversity, @ncatsuaggies, @lsu, @ncstate, @usouthflorida, @fiuinstagram, @floridaatlantic, @mdcollege, and @SantaFeCollege.
Shaya will be attending Miami Dade College to complete her AA degree.
“My experience as a Breakthrough Miami Scholar has improved my study habits, helped me achieve certain academic goals, and meet new people I can truly get along with.” -Tamia Beckford
Tamia is an exceptional Scholar from our @GulliverPrep_ host site and student at @ransomevergladesschool, where she excelled in multiple advanced placement courses including Art History, Calculus AB, and Statistics.
Pursuing extra curricular involvement, Tamia was a member of the Black Students Association, Women Empowered Club, Health Information Project, HealthcaRE, CuRE Club, REscue Club, and the Volunteer Service Council. As a strong community leader, Tamia served as an Assistant Director for a drama organization and church, and as captain of her soccer team. Giving back, Tamia led impact as a Breakthrough Miami Volunteer and has volunteered for multiple school clubs. In her free time, Tamia enjoys staying active by swimming, playing soccer, and lacrosse.
Reaching new Breakthroughs, Tamia is celebrating recent acceptances to Loyola University New Orleans (@loyola_nola), The Catholic University of America (@catholicuniversity), Mercer University (@merceryou), Elon University (@elonuniversity), and @SaintJosephsUniversity.
Tamia has committed to University of Central Florida (@ucf.edu) and is excited to be a Knight!
“My experience at Breakthrough Miami as a Scholar has impacted my life’s journey in so many ways. Because of Breakthrough, I’ve gotten to experience so many helpful opportunities that I wouldn’t have known were out there if I wasn’t in Breakthrough.” –Tanisha Richardson
Pursuing an enriching education as a student at Miami Northwestern Sr. High School (@mnwbulls55) and as a Scholar at our @carrolltonsacredheart host site, Tanisha was determined to excel academically and leave a lasting impact on her community.
Enrolling in advanced placement and dual-enrollment courses including Studio Art and Psychology, Tanisha expanded her knowledge exponentially.
Sharing her skills as a leader with our community, Tanisha has served as a Breakthrough Miami Volunteer at our Carrollton host site, a Liberty City Trust (YEP) & PTAC (@pammteen) Volunteer, and a Fit2Lead Intern. Tanisha’s many efforts and dedication to our Village granted her a nomination for Volunteer of the Month at our Carrollton host site. Acting on her passion for extra curricular involvement, Tanisha was a member of Piano Slam 10, Band, GSA, PVAC Art, Magnet Program, and @womenoftomorrow.
“Breakthrough Miami provided me with leadership skills, communication skills, team building skills, and the knowledge I needed to thrive through high school and now college.” -Tatianna Scott
Aside from her growth as a Scholar at our @GulliverPrep_ host site where she flourished, Tatianna valued community involvement, having been a member of the Black Student Union and @WomenOfTomorrow clubs. Actively leading positive change in our community, Tatianna Volunteered for the Richmond Youth Program.
Remaining active inside and outside of the classroom, Tatianna actively participates in Cross Country and served as a JV Cheer Captain and Varsity Co-Captain.
Pursuing new Breakthroughs, Tatianna has been recently accepted to Clark Atlanta University (@cau1988), Jackson State University (@jacksonstateu), @BarryUniversity,
Florida Memorial University @fmu_official), and @BethuneCookman University. Tatianna has committed to Bethune Cookman University.
“My experience at Breakthrough has been one like no other! The guidance and assistance I have received these past years is something I am most thankful for, as it has positively impacted my life’s journey. I believe without Breakthrough as my helping hand, I would’ve had a hard time navigating through my academic and social life.” – Valeria Gomez
Determined, responsible, and brilliant are just a few words that can be used to describe Valeria. Graduating from Coral Gables Senior High School (@coralgables_shs), Valeria prioritized furthering her education and leaving a mark in her community, enrolling in various IB Coursework, AP, and dual-enrollment courses. As a student, Valeria valued extracurricular involvement, as she was a member of the International Baccalaureate Honor Society, Coral Gables Police Explorers,
@cabedasocceracademy, and the Science National Honor Society. Breaking Through, Valeria will be graduating with her Associate’s Degree and as an #HonorRoll recipient.
Wanting to improve the community around her, Valeria served as a Breakthrough Miami Volunteer, at Stairway Church as a teacher’s assistant, was a SYIP Intern at St. Alban’s Child Enrichment Center (@stalbanscec), a Gifted & Talented School intern, and is DCF Child Care Training certified and CPR certified.
Entering University as a proud #FirstGenerationstudent, Valeria is celebrating acceptances from Universities such as: @fiuinstagram, @floridaatlantic, @ucf.edu, @nsuflorida, and many others, and has decided on attending @FIUHonors College to pursue a degree in nursing.
“Without Breakthrough Miami, I don’t think I would have gotten this far. I cherish the friends, connections, and networks of people that I met through Breakthrough.” -Victoria Bofill
While a student at School For Advanced Studies- Wolfson Campus (@saswhitetigers) and Scholar at our @gulliverprep_ host site, Victoria valued community engagement, advancing her education, and creating lasting memories as a #Scholar.
#BreakingThrough academically, Victoria enrolled in numerous advanced placement and dual-enrollment courses including Chemistry, Engineering, and Basic Physics, granting her the opportunity to be graduating with her associate’s degree.
As an active and engaged member of her community, Victoria made #Breakthroughs happen as the Coding Club VP, member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Robotics Mentor, Hispanic Student Association, Yearbook Editor, Future Business Leaders of America, Breakthrough Miami Teaching Assistant and Volunteer, @studybuddiesofmiami tutor, a FIRST Referee, and as a Big Brothers Big Sisters (@bbbsmiami) and The Anxiety Kids member. Remaining active physically, Victoria also enjoys rock climbing.
Graduating as an #HonorRoll recipient and celebrating acceptances into Universities including @UFlorida, @floridastateuniversity, @ucf.edu, @usouthflorida, @syracuseu, and @fiuinstagram, we know Victoria is well prepared to continue making Breakthroughs happen. She is excited to attend University of Florida.
“Breakthrough Miami has helped me prepare for the upcoming grade level, discover different areas of study, and given me friends & mentors who will always be there for me. Breakthrough has formed a tight community of students who are as equally passionate about learning as me.” -Vivian Bofill
An incredibly bright and ingenious Scholar, Vivian made a positive impact during her time as a student at @saswhitetigers, and as a Scholar at our @gulliverprep_ host site. Determined to enrich herself academically, Vivian enrolled in multiple dual-enrollment and advanced placement courses including Chemistry, Biology, Calculus, and World History.
Possessing impressive leadership qualities, Vivian made Breakthroughs happen as Secretary of Coding Club, Lead Volunteer/Teaching Assistant/Snack Store Manager for Breakthrough Miami, at @studybuddiesofmiami, as a FIRST Robotics Referee, a Robotics Mentor, FBLA Mentor, and PSAT/SAT tutor.
Continuing her many successes, Vivian was an esteemed member of the National Honors Society, Math Honors Society, Yearbook, Hispanic Student Association, and @bbbsmiami. Keeping physically active, Vivian is an avid rock climber.
Recognizing her exceptional achievements and potential, Vivian was awarded the highly selective @Questbridge Scholarship and @Amazon Future Engineer College Scholarship, paving her path to college and beyond.
Well-prepared to make #Breakthroughs happen, Vivian is entering a new chapter of her educational journey as an #HonorRoll recipient, possessing an associate’s degree, and with the proper knowledge and resources she will need in order to continue succeeding at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“At Breakthrough, I always knew there would be an open seat waiting for me, where I would be surrounded with love and support. Breakthrough and all the experiences tied to it have been my north star in life.” -Whitney Parappurath
Whitney’s love for community and education are evident in all she does. As a graduating student from Florida Virtual School (@floridavirtualschool), and Scholar from our @carrolltonsacredheart host site, Whitney made the most of her #Scholar and student experiences. Navigating personal life and student responsibilities, Whitney reached numerous achievements including graduating as an #HonorRoll student.
As a student, Whitney was enrolled in AP courses, involved in the Pop Culture and Cooking Clubs, dedicated time to tutoring elementary school students, and Volunteered with Breakthrough Miami during her Freshman year.
Now as a proud #FirstGeneration student, Whitney has been accepted into @university.of.maine and Washington College (@washcoll) where we know she will continue to excel. She will be attending Washington College (@washcoll).
“Breakthrough Miami has made a significant impact on my life. It has structured me and provided me with the opportunity to expand and develop my knowledge and skills. Breakthrough has given me an incredible experience, giving me friends and unforgettable moments. For that, I am forever grateful to have been part of this program.” -Zachary Ville
As an #HonorRoll student and Carnival Scholarship Awardee seeking academic success at Miami Northwestern Senior High (@mnwbulls55), Zachary made significant moves to further his education, enrolling in advanced placement and dual-enrollment courses including Music Theory, Human Geography, Psychology, and Freshman studies.
Zachary was actively involved with his community as a student, leading change in DECA, the National Honors Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters (@bbbsmiami), and Yearbook Club. Applying his leadership skills, Zachary served as Section Leader and Secretary of The Mighty Marching Bulls (@themmb_band) and as a EESAC Student Representative.
Aside from making #Breakthroughs happen as a Scholar at our @ransomevergladesschoolhost site, Zachary led impact as a volunteer for Community Youth Against Violence, our Breakthrough Miami Village, and for Strong is the New Sexy, a non-profit women’s health awareness organization.
Now a proud #FirstGeneration student, Zachary will be attending Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (@famu_1887) to pursue a degree in Biological Sciences. In the future, Zachary hopes to become a pharmacist and make a difference in his community as a leader and role model to other youth.
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