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 with the opportunities, resources, and relationships to succeed in rigorous schools and careers.
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.
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
Attend College Prep High Schools
Seniors Enrolling into 2- or 4-Year Colleges
On Track to Graduate from College in 4 - 6 Years