Breakthrough New York prepares motivated students from low-income communities to achieve a college degree and reach their fullest potential. Our tuition-free program currently supports over 500 talented students and their families from 7th grade through college. We accept middle school students who are furthest from high-quality educational opportunities, yet show promise and potential: 99% of students identify as persons of color; 76% qualify for free-or-reduced lunch; and 66% will be the first in their families to graduate college.
As a ten-year continuum, Breakthrough New York supports students and their families through key transition points in their academic journeys. We provide academic enrichment through summer and after-school opportunities; coach students to gain admissions into selective high schools and colleges; and expose students to diverse interests and careers so they can shape their own trajectories. In addition to nurturing individual talent, we cultivate a thriving community of like-minded peers and mentors who encourage each other’s ambitions and passions. Personalized mentorship and holistic support are signature elements of our model, with over 200 near-peer seasonal staff and volunteers who work with students at each stage of our continuum. Our ten-year commitment works: over 98% of Breakthrough students graduate from college preparatory high schools, and over 90% graduate from college.