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Breakthrough Collaborative
545 Sansome Street
Suite 700
San Francisco
Program Description:
Breakthrough Collaborative launches motivated middle-school students on the path to college and prepares older students for careers in education. A national nonprofit, Breakthrough Collaborative is devoted to preparing high-achieving middle-school students, most of whom are of color and from low-income families, to enter and succeed in college-preparatory high school programs. Breakthrough also recruits and trains outstanding high school and college students to become Breakthrough teachers and build an interest in careers as educators.
Mission Statement:
Founded in 1978, Breakthrough Collaborative has changed the lives of tens of thousands of students, utilizing a unique dual mission to: • Increase academic opportunity for highly motivated, underserved students and put them on the trajectory of a successful college path; and • Inspire and develop the next generation of teachers and educational leaders.
The core of all Breakthrough programs is a proven students teaching students model. Promising students engage in academically rigorous coursework taught by their bright and energetic young teachers, while a supportive community sustains them on their path to college. Breakthrough: • engages students with demanding academic curricula, • helps middle school students thrive in the top college preparatory high schools in their communities, • provides ongoing support to help every student earn admission to a four-year college, and • creates teaching opportunities for outstanding high school and college students.