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Our Mission

We empower motivated students from low-income backgrounds to graduate from college and pursue a fulfilling career. Our ten-year, tuition-free program provides students from low-income backgrounds with the opportunities, resources, and relationships to succeed in rigorous schools and careers.

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The Breakthrough Model

Our model is grounded in three educational “breakthroughs” that accelerate students’ academic and personal success.


Through summer and afterschool programming, Breakthrough students build their academic and social-emotional skills. This prepares them for the rigor of selective high schools and colleges.



We coach students and their families through the complex admissions processes for high school and college. We also connect students to internships, study abroad programs, and other out-of-school opportunities.


We use a students-teaching-students model. We train over 130 college students to teach programming and serve as mentors. Breakthrough students receive personalized support, and college students explore careers in education.

Our Students

New York City needs diverse and talented leadership, but too few students have access to high-quality educational experiences that equip them to succeed in college and beyond. The Breakthrough community serves over 500 students from 7th grade through college.


Identify as Black, Latinx, or Asian American


Are the First in Their Families to Pursue College


Are English Language Learners

Our Results


Attend College Prep High Schools


Seniors Enrolling into 2- or 4-Year Colleges


On Track to Graduate from College in 4 - 6 Years


Alumni Secure Jobs Within 6 Months of Graduation

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A Look at High School Options: An Interview with Wenbo Jiao

Breakthrough New York 8th graders complete a rigorous high school options curriculum that teaches them about different types of schools and helps them apply. Wenbo Jiao is a Breakthrough seasonal staff member who has served in a variety of different positions,...

Class of 2027 College Acceptances

Breakthrough New York seniors are beginning to receive their college acceptance letters! Check back often as more schools are added to the list. Receive updates when we announce the final college picks next spring by joining our newsletter list. Barnard College...

Follow Your Passions: Mansia’s Story

Mansia is a high school senior who exercises her love for sports, learning, and community work through extracurricular activities. Mansia (Class of 2027) has been in the Breakthrough New York program for six years. During those years, she met peers from different...

Alumni Spotlight: Hanna He

Share your alumni story at [email protected]! Hanna He (University of Southern California, Class of 2019) was excited to join Breakthrough New York as a middle school student. Having immigrated at a young age, she saw the program as an opportunity to develop a...
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