The Power of Community

Each year, volunteers dedicate hundreds of hours to making “breakthroughs” happen – from an afternoon practicing interview skills to a year of one-on-one college mentorship. Join the Breakthrough community and see what you can make possible!

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Family Essay Workshops – Virtual

Assist 8th graders and their guardians in developing their essays for independent high school applications. Several dates are available via Zoom.

Saral Nigam

“I’ve been volunteering with Breakthrough New York over the last few years, both with my company and individually. Breakthrough is an amazing ten year program that helps students throughout NYC move through their schooling and career and it feels great to be able to help the future of this city. Being able to coach and give back has been eye opening in a variety of ways, where it’s clear the program has impacted thousands of lives.”

Lorraine Wheat

“Breakthrough New York children are highly intelligent and focused on creating a bright future for themselves and the world. It was so rewarding to practice with them and help them achieve their best interviews.”

Roshan Chudhry

“With my mentees, I’ve seen how resilient they are and how determined they are, and how independent they are. I really admire my mentees for that because when I was in college [the] first year, I was none of those things! I make sure I tell them that. I’m proud of them.”

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Don’t see an opportunity that fits your skills? Email us to learn about other ways to join our community!


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Previous Volunteer Events

Mock Interviews

10th graders strengthened their job interview skills in preparation for their first summer internships.

Admissions Day

Volunteers met prospective Breakthrough students to help select an outstanding new cohort of scholars!

TED Talks

8th graders presented global solutions based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to a panel for feedback on research skills.

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