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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Breakthrough New York Announces Launch of Associates Board

Breakthrough New York is excited to announce the launch of its Associates Board. The board is comprised of a wide range of new and longtime Breakthrough community members, including alumni and volunteers. It will be responsible for expanding the organization’s...

Which volunteer opportunity is right for you?

Breakthrough New York offers both one-day and long-term volunteer opportunities for anyone to get involved in our community. Volunteering is a great chance to make a direct impact on someone in your community. It is also one way you can support your local nonprofit....

Beatrice Moyers Wins the Susan Blum Teaching Excellence Award

Beatrice Moyers is a recipient of this year’s Susan Blum Teaching Excellence Award. She is a sophomore at Columbia University who is studying economics with a concentration in education studies. This summer, she taught 9th grade geometry and a speech and debate...

Jason Sitt Wins the Susan Blum Teaching Excellence Award

Jason Sitt is a recipient of this year’s Susan Blum Teaching Excellence Award. He is a senior at the University of Virginia who is majoring in Biology and Spanish and minoring in Anthropology. He taught 7th grade science as well as a dance elective during his summer...
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