BENEFITING: THE BREAKTHROUGH COLLABORATIVE
EVENT DATE: Oct 05, 2013
In memory of our friend and family member, James Sing, we are raising funds for Summerbridge (known in the US as Breakthrough), an educational nonprofit he founded to help low-income school students get on the path to college.
James participated as a student at Summerbridge San Francisco the summer before entering high school. Skeptical at first of spending a summer at school, James quickly became became the program's biggest fan. The idea of "students teaching students" was new to him, and he looked forward each day to attending. His teachers were talented college and high school students bringing life, passion and fun to the learning process in a small classroom setting.
James returned as a teacher at the Summerbridge site at University High School, his alma mater, in 1990 and 1991. Further empassioned by the the program and its ideals, James was asked be a founding teacher of the first international program, Summerbridge Hong Kong. The first time living abroad, 1992 was a summer of success and of adventure, where James introduced the program he felt most strongly about to Hong Kong.
The legacy of Summerbridge Hong Kong continues, 20 years later. What began as a program serving 35 students at ESF's Island School, has now grown to a program of 3 sites, serving over 300 socio-economically challenged students per year.
The Summerbridge community from the early years is still together. Students and teachers from 1992 fondly remember James. Amy Yip, James' student, says, "JJ, you are always as a teacher and as a big brother to me. You will be remembered forever in my heart."
What is Summerbridge?
Summerbridge is a non-profit organization that creates educational opportunities for highly motivated underprivileged secondary school students in Hong Kong. It provides comprehensive year-round programs to develop students’ English communication through an intensive English Language Development curriculum, small class size, individual mentoring, and hands-on learning strategies. In addition to English language development, Summerbridge programs develop students’ self-confidence and their interest in the learning process. Unique to this project and key to its success is the ‘students-teaching-students’ model, offering older students the opportunity to teach and administer programs to younger students. This model creates a dynamic learning environment in which young people are both the initiators and beneficiaries of the educational process.