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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 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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How I Applied to College: Daniel

Daniel (Class of 2027) is a high school senior who attends the American Dream Charter School. He applied to over 25 colleges and programs and recently chose to enroll at Fordham University. Daniel plans to study medicine and become a doctor. Why did you decide to pick...

Class of 2027 College Picks

Breakthrough New York congratulates the Class of 2027 on their college acceptances! These impressive seniors will enroll in both public and private institutions all the way from Massachusetts to Tennessee. Check out the full list of college picks below! If you’d like...

Class of 2031 High School Acceptances

Breakthrough New York congratulates the Class of 2031 on their high school acceptances! These 8th graders have spent many months researching, applying, and interviewing for a variety of schools in order to find their best fit. See where they decided to attend in the...

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As many of our students grapple with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, Breakthrough New York took a proactive approach in making sure mental health wellness was integrated into our programming. Mental Health Initiatives...
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