Joshua is currently serving his second term at Breakthrough Providence, a non-profit that supports academically motivated middle schoolers to get and stay on a path to college and trains and encourages talented high school and college students to become teachers. Joshua is Breakthrough’s College Bound Coordinator, organizing twice-annual conferences in collaboration with College Visions to support Breakthrough’s high school-aged alumni prepare for college.
Host Site: Breakthrough Providence
Where did you go to school? Juanita Sanchez HS Complex ‘10, Guilford College ‘14
What are your personal and professional interests? Personal: Classical Musician (Violist) & Digital Music Making; Professional: College Access Educating & Musical Education
If you could have any super power, what would it be? Speed (Flash)
Story of Service
I choose to serve because I feel a responsibility to the community I live in. I was born and raised in Providence and was glad that I could return to serve here. I never thought that I would be working in college access after graduating, but when I reflected on my college experience I realized I owed a lot of my success to the support I got from a college access program. I was a student at College Visions when I was in high school. In addition to receiving one-on-one advising, I also received a plethora of college information that built on my college knowledge. I felt that was only right for me to give back in some capacity.
My role at Breakthrough Providence is to coordinate our College Bound Program, which is in collaboration with College Visions. College Bound seeks to build on the college knowledge of Breakthrough Providence high-schoolers through targeted conferences twice a year. I think that this project is impacting poverty in several ways. First, Breakthrough Providence provides structures and supports to make information about college more accessible to students from low-income families. Secondly, a larger percentage of jobs now require a college diploma compared to the past. Combatting poverty and structural inequality effectively means getting more members of low-income communities in a position to attend and complete college. I have seen the benefit of this work whenever I have overheard 9th grade students recognizing the importance of college knowledge in casual conversations to one another, especially during our College Bound conferences.