Santa Fe’s mayor, David Coss, paid a visit to Breakthrough Santa Fe students on Monday, providing a snapshot of the workings of our local government. His visit was part of a government elective class designed by Breakthrough teacher Paul Yen, a junior at Duke University.
In addition to their core classes in reading, writing, math, science and history, Breakthrough students also take electives created by their high school and college-age teachers. This summer’s government class introduces students to our democratic republic. Yen and six of the Breakthrough students wrote to state and local politicians, asking them to visit Breakthrough and speak about their roles in government and answer student questions. City counselor Ron Trujillo also accepted the invitation, and spent time last week with the students, sharing anecdotes about serving his constituents.
Breakthrough Santa Fe welcomed our first students in 2004 on the campus of Santa Fe Prep. The School initiated the Breakthrough program as part of its “Local Ground” initiative, seeking to serve the broader Santa Fe community with what the School does best: provide an ambitious course of study in a warm, nurturing environment. Prep supports the program financially and institutionally and considers Breakthrough an integral part of the School’s mission. In addition, Breakthrough Santa Fe provides high school and college-age young adults, who come from around the country, with a rewarding experience as teachers and mentors. We work in close collaboration with the Santa Fe Public Schools and other groups that serve our city’s youth.