Break the Barrier

Global Sponsorship Summer Program 

Our Mission
"Breaking Boundaries, Building Future"


"Break the Barrier"
is a global-effective summer program, with the most recent session in July-August 2023. The program's primary goal is to sponsor and support a student in South Korea who is highly motivated to create a bright future but is currently struggling to find their own path or is afraid to take the first step. "Break the Barrier" program values pursuit of possibilities. This unique program offers an opportunity for the selected student to begin a self-discovery journey by sponsoring 9-day educational trip to the United States filled with educational opportunities and mentorship connections. The program covers all essential aspects of the trip, including airfare, accommodation, and meals, ensuring that the student can focus solely on their personal growth and development.
Instagram: @breakthebarrier2023

Sooa Kim

Co-Founder

Sooa Kim, a Co-Founder of Break the Barrier, is a high school student and immigrant from South Korea. In the US, she gained many opportunities that brought her closer to her "American dreams." Sooa aims to empower Korean students to achieve their full potential through Break the Barrier.

Sarah Park

Co-Founder

Sarah Park, a Co-Founder of Break the Barrier, is currently a senior at Valencia High School. She aims to pursue her passion of the Business realm, specifically Finance/Marketing. As a Korean-American she has recognized her educational opportunities, and as a result wants to help Korean students realize their own and have the courage to break that barrier. Her goal is to take gradual yet momentous steps towards ending the stigma in South Korea.

Selling Clothes At Thrift Store

Selling Clothes At Thrift Store

6/13/2023

Our journey of fundraising started by collecting clothes and "selling" them to our local thrift store.

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Gofundme

Gofundme

6/21/2023

We made our official Gofundme, which enables people from all around the world to donate towards our cause!

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Selling Concessions at Festival

Selling Concessions at Festival

6/17/2023

Our local Brews and Boots Music Festival was held in our town. We made use of this foot traffic by buying water, caprisun, coke, and chips in bulk for cheap and upsold the price for the attenders.

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Selling Concessions at College of the Canyons

Selling Concessions at College of the Canyons

6/21/2023

We sold multiple refreshing concessions at our local community college, where musicals and rehearsals were being performed. We additionally shared the purpose and summary of our program to a variety of students.

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Sellings Clothes on Depop

Sellings Clothes on Depop

6/21/2023

We made our program's official depop account where we sell clothes in order to fundraise for our program. We manage, run, and ship all orders from our account in order to raise funds.

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Selling Concessions at Six Flags

Selling Concessions at Six Flags

6/18/2023

We utilized our local amusement park, Six Flags, to become an opportunity for fundraising. We set up in the middle of the long walkway outside the park and sold concessions to the large crowds of people.

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Lucy Choi
After an extensive application and interview process our selected student for 2023 was...

Lucy Choi, a 15-year-old student residing in Korea, possesses a strong aspiration of becoming an environmental researcher - a field that is relatively uncommon in South Korea. She recently realized that pursuing her ultimate goal of preserving the world's environment was limited by the stigma that surrounds Korean students. Although Lucy had possible interests in pursuing her passion in America, where sustainable development is a well-established area of research, Lucy faced the financial barrier, which quickly shut down her aspirations. Therefore, Break the Barrier, acknowledging her potential and strong passion, decided to sponsor her first trip to the US and begin her journey.  

“This trip was the best nine days of my entire life. It changed my whole perspective in viewing the world.”

 By participating in the Break the Barrier program, she was able to expand her perspectives and enhance her ability to express herself confidently. Lucy mentioned that this journey was a significant stepping stone that completely transformed her future, gaining insights from the experiences of successful individuals, and broadening her understanding of environments beyond Korea.

Jade Bahng

USC Student

Jade is a first year student at University of Southern California where she specializes in Communications. She is also a campus ambassador of NotionHQ and has a social media platform to display her daily activities. Jade can provide the selected student with insight about college in America as well as give first hand advice about pursuing/committing to one's passion.

Dondre Whitfield

Actor, Author, Inspirational Speaker, Advocate

Dondre Whitfield is a well known actor and author who discovered his passion from an early age and took a step to pursue it. He is a persistent figure who inspires others to find their spark and take action. He can inspire the selected student to find their calling, take action, and be an advocate for others.

Alison Park

NASA Engineer

Alison Park is an aerospace engineer manager at NASA. She specializes in directing and leading projects. Alison immigrated to the US when she was in high school and precisely knows the courage it takes to pursue your passion. She can provide the selected student with insight on working in the STEM field, but also working towards her American Dream.

Eric S Estrada

Environmental & Sustainability steward

Eric dedicated his professional environmental and sustainability career in various companies with different focus areas. At the core of what he has done in his career is the sustainability commitment to future generations. He is willing to help Lucy's journey by guiding her the route of environmental science field as a career.

Natalie Ho

UCLA Student

Natalie Ho is a soon to be student at University of California, specializing in Environmental Science. She recently got accepted to UCLA and is starting in the fall. The selected student can gain knowledge on the college application process as well as the environmental specialization from Natalie.

Brian Kim

CEO of Turbo Air

Brian Kim, who holds the position of CEO at Turbo Air, will play a crucial role as one of Lucy's mentors. As a mentor, he will share his valuable insights with Lucy, recounting his personal journey of success and the valuable lessons he gained from his failures. As a Korean immigrant, he brings a unique perspective to his mentorship, as he has experienced the challenges and triumphs associated with building a career and overcoming obstacles in a new country

Ryan Lee

College consultant

Ryan Lee is a college consultant at A1 College Prep Academy. He generously volunteers his time to guide Lucy in pursuing her dream of obtaining a degree in Environmental Science from an American college.