Breakthrough Stories

Highlighting bright spots in our Breakthrough community

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What is Mental Health?

What is Mental Health?

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. With schools and businesses focusing more than ever on mental health, we spoke with Bushra Shaheen, Student Support Director at Breakthrough New York, on understanding mental health and how to support those who are struggling....

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Bridging Communities Near and Far

Bridging Communities Near and Far

Hillary (Class of 2025) is a freshman at Tufts University studying psychology and community health. She shares her story with the hope of inspiring other Breakthrough students to take chances and uplift others along the way. What is community? For some, it means the...

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Women’s History: It’s Complicated

Women’s History: It’s Complicated

This Women’s History Month, Breakthrough New York Chief Program Officer Olivia Nuñez reflects on her position as a white woman in leadership at an organization that serves primarily BIPOC youth. To provide space for and uplift BIPOC women and nonbinary people, she...

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Women Are Not A Monolith

Women Are Not A Monolith

During Women’s History Month, Breakthrough New York is recognizing the issues that are important to our community surrounding women and gender. Penuela (Class of 2028) urges others to understand the multitude of identities and experiences of women when they consider...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Roshan Chudhry

Volunteer Spotlight: Roshan Chudhry

Hunter College graduate Roshan began volunteering as a college coach with Breakthrough New York in 2021, and is currently pulling double duties with two mentees! She shares how she found a kinship with Sadia and Srijani that went beyond traditional academic mentoring,...

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