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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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Alumni Spotlight: Zoe Abney

Share your alumni story at [email protected]! Zoe Abney (Class of 2021) earned her BS in psychology from Medgar Evers College, and is currently pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in nursing. Throughout Zoe’s ten-year journey, Breakthrough New York provided her with...

Volunteer Spotlight: Jeff Landry

Breakthrough New York pairs volunteers with college students to serve as coaches through an academic year, mentoring them towards their academic and personal goals. Jeff Landry has been a Breakthrough New York volunteer since 2022. He is a graduate of Villanova...

Intern Spotlight: Mohiba Ahmed

Mohiba Ahmed is a master’s student from New York University who is earning a degree in Middle Eastern Studies. She is a High School Program Development Intern who works closely with Breakthrough’s 10th grade cohort. Engaging with Different Communities As an intern,...

Alumni Spotlight: Heaven Torres

Share your alumni story at [email protected]! Heaven Torres (Class of 2022) is a recent Breakthrough New York alum who graduated from SUNY New Paltz. She earned her BA in elementary education and teaching and is currently pursuing her master’s in special education. A...
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