When Claudia was in 6th grade she heard about Breakthrough Austin, a local nonprofit focused on preparing and supporting first-generation college-bound students from 6th grade all the way through college graduation. Despite her academic struggles, she decided to apply.
“In high school, my self-esteem was very low. I didn’t believe in myself. This experience scarred me and silenced me in school which prohibited me from excelling not only in academics but also in the social and emotional aspects of life.”
Claudia’s parents were hugely encouraging, but they didn’t speak English and had not graduated from high school. They had no experience of how to advocate for their daughter and make her college dream a reality. Her high school’s college and career counselors weren’t equipped to provide the one-on-one attention she needed either.