Ciani Batista

­When I am with Breakthrough, I feel like a very important part of Breakthrough’s community. My name is Ciani Batista and I am here to represent the phenomenal Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia.

Class of 2018

Breakfast with Breakthrough Champions speech

Hello everyone! My name is Ciani Batista. I am 12 years old and I am in a family of 9. I attended Andrew Hamilton for my 6th grade year, which is where I was informed about Breakthrough. Andrew Hamilton was not very pleasant. The students used profanities so often that sometimes you didn’t even notice it. It was used in daily language. The students were always late to class, but when they arrived, they did not pay attention. They bullied me because I always used my free time constructively. During recess, instead of playing I would complete the given homework assignments. I would even stay in the classroom to complete my homework. My teacher, Ms. Joyce Abbott, recommended Breakthrough because she wanted me to be challenged. She knew people from Breakthrough and she emailed them about my friends and me. In December, everyone received an application to fill out. I completed it in 1 week. My mom was always busy so she turned in the packet the day it was due, which was earlyJanuary. Around April, I received my acceptant letter. I was overjoyed to be able to be in Breakthrough.

The next month on May 29, 2012, my mom passed away. It was so hard for me because we had so many good times with her and she was one of the reasons why I was going to Breakthrough. She died from having a heart attack in a hospital called “Einstein Healthcare Center”. The passing of my mother also matured me and made me even more driven and determined to strive for and achieve greatness. On June 25th, 2012, I started Breakthrough. I met so many people and made many new friends because of the teachers encouraging me to just communicate with someone and you could make a friend. When I first started Breakthrough, I saw big differences between my school and Breakthrough. My school was full of kids who cursed out teachers and students and cared nothing about their education. The teachers easily gave up on students and never paid attention to what they felt. Meanwhile, Breakthrough had kids that I could relate to. The teachers are college students, which I think help the students because the teachers are students and they understand us better than older teachers.

I think that Breakthrough would really help me to become an exceptional doctor because each subject is needed to pass my tests for all of my degrees and receive all of my licenses. I would like to become a doctor because I would like to save a life. Because of the  Breakthrough teachers, when I go to collge I have been inspired to one day become a Breakthrough teacher. I would love to work with Breakthrough students. The current Breakthrough teachers have shown me that being with a group of such inspiring students can be very fun. Donating and supporting Breakthrough was a very good decision because Breakthrough is a very reasonable program and the bar is set high for these students. Breakthrough students and staffs together are a body. When I am with Breakthrough, I feel like a very important part of Breakthrough’s community. My name is Ciani Batista and I am here to represent the phenomenal Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia.