SCDS Octagon: Welcome Back, Breakthrough III

WELCOME BACK, BREAKTHROUGH: Jennifer Lopez, ’04, benefitted from program’s extended family that allows students to ‘defy the odds’

In the “Welcome Back, Breakthrough series,” former BSAC teachers recall their favorite memories of their time at Breakthrough. Jennifer Lopez, ‘04, not only taught at Breakthrough in the summers from 2002-04, and founded Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano in 2005 but also attended BSAC as a student in the summers of 1998 and 1999. Lopez currently promotes education equity around the country...

SCDS Octagon: Welcome Back, Breakthrough II

WELCOME BACK, BREAKTHROUGH: Teaching U.S. History was life-changing for Whitney Gorton, ’04

In the “Welcome Back, Breakthrough series,” former BSAC teachers recall their favorite memories of their time at Breakthrough. Whitney Gorton, ‘04, worked in the summer program in 2003, 2005 and 2006, mentored the history program, and is now an English teacher at The Latin School of Chicago, an independent school...

SCDS Octagon: Working Group Reintroduces Long-time Program

Breakthrough returns with Working Group reintroducing long-time program, now fiscally independent of school

When it was announced in August that Country Day would terminate its financial support for Breakthrough Sacramento (BSAC), many people thought it was the end of the year-round, tuition-free college preparation program for under-served and highly motivated students, which has been at SCDS since 1994...

SCDS Octagon: Welcome Back, Breakthrough I

WELCOME BACK, BREAKTHROUGH: Carter Graham, ’94, remembers dynamic, adventurous teachers

In the “Welcome Back, Breakthrough series,” former BSAC teachers recall their favorite memories of their time at Breakthrough. Carter Graham, ‘94, worked in the summer program in 1993 and 1994 and is now a fifth-grade teacher at San Francisco Day School...

Breakthrough Sacramento has New Leadership!

The Breakthrough Sacramento Working Group is pleased to announce the selection of Faith Galati as Executive Director and Amber Busby as Program Manager.
These appointments are the next essential step in Breakthrough Sacramento’s promising future.
Faith brings more than 20 years of experience managing, promoting, and fundraising for regional and international non-profits, and has a deep sense of commitment to our region’s economically disadvantaged and foster youth. She has served nonprofits at program, fundraising, executive, and board of director levels, and has a breadth of perspective and experience.  Faith is also a Sacramento Country Day School alumni parent and long-time supporter of Breakthrough Sacramento.
“Breakthrough Sacramento is back thanks to the hard work and support of its passionate community, “ remarked Galati. “I am personally thrilled at the opportunity to dig in and deliver a program that is everything you have come to rely on and more!  Together we are going to make this a phenomenal new age for Breakthrough Sacramento.”
Amber Busby comes to Breakthrough Sacramento from College Track Sacramento, where she served as Operations Manager.  Ms. Busby has more than seven years experience in the education sector, teaching, mentoring, and providing administrative support.  Her experience as a trainer to staff who serves high school students will ensure the success of Breakthrough Sacramento’s teaching fellows and tutors, all of whom are college undergraduates and high school students. She has both the enthusiasm and range of experience to support the dual mission of Breakthrough.  

Both Faith and Amber would enjoy hearing from you.  Send them a note or ask them a question at

We in the BSAC Working Group are grateful to all who have pitched in to help us get this far and look forward to great things for Breakthrough Sacramento in the Future. 

Breakthrough is Dynamite!

The Breakthrough Sacramento Working Group
Toran Brown                   Michael Covey               Faith Galati
Richard Mancina             Laura Monahan              Sue Nellis
Jamie Nelson                   Ross Siragusa                Pat Talamantes


To see the official press release, click here.


 Faith Galati, Executive Director

Faith Galati, Executive Director

 Amber Busby, Program Manager

Amber Busby, Program Manager

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Your gift is doubled when you give in December! 

A generous anonymous donor has pledged to match all donations, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000, during the month of December!  This is an opportunity to double your gift to Breakthrough Sacramento (BSAC), and really make a difference!

Help us meet this match by giving today!  While shopping for that ideal gift for someone you love, consider giving the gift of a promising future to local Sacramento youth.  Breakthrough Sacramento boasts tremendous success sending 96% of program graduates on to college, 94% of whom are first in their families to do so. With statistics like that, it’s clear that a gift to Breakthrough Sacramento is a gift that keeps giving and giving for generations!

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Your Breakthrough Sacramento Working Group

Toran Brown                   Michael Covey               Faith Galati
Richard Mancina            Laura Monahan              Sue Nellis
Jamie Nelson                 Ross Siragusa                Pat Talamantes

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