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Breakthrough Greater Boston
P.O. Box 381486
Contact Name:
Amee Naik
Contact Email:
Program Description:
Breakthrough Greater Boston offers six years of intensive, tuition-free out-of-school time programming for 300 traditionally underserved middle and high school students, changing their academic trajectories and supporting them along the path to four-year college. Additionally, BTGB develops the next generation of teachers through competitive recruitment of diverse, high-achieving high school and college students, research-based training, and coaching from master teachers in our “Students Teaching Students” model. The Middle School Program is a fun, rigorous, year-round academic program with three components: 1) an intensive six-week, full day Summer Program offering five academic classes and a 3:1 student to teacher ratio, 2) a School-Year Program that features weekly after school workshops and tutoring, and 3) a year-round Advocacy Program that includes regular contact with teachers and families, and high school options counseling. The High School Program helps students succeed in college-track classes and gain admittance to a four-year college through a program with four core elements: 1) Advocacy that provides assistance with course selection and tutor matching, 2) High School Readiness and Study Hall Programming for 9th and 10th graders, 3) Internship placement for 10th-12th graders, and 4) a College Access Program that supports 11th and 12th grade students completing their college applications. The Teacher Training Program trains high-achieving college and high school students to teach. With guidance from professional educators, our teachers shoulder the responsibilities of full-time educators as they implement curricula, plan daily lessons, manage student behavior, and commit their time to helping younger students follow in their footsteps on the road to college. Summer teachers complete 360 hours of teaching and receive over 130 hours of training and coaching.
Mission Statement:
Breakthrough Greater Boston prepares low-income students for success in college and trains the next generation of urban teachers using its unique Students Teaching Students model.
: BTGB’s programming is unique from other college access support in that we offer a comprehensive academic program that intervenes early (before 7th grade) and offers six-years of support through its Students Teaching Students model. Breakthrough works to improve educational equity by: a) Inspiring Excitement for Learning: At Breakthrough, small classes, hands-on learning, and enthusiastic teachers create a culture of active learning. Motivated, diverse middle school students take ownership over their education, gaining the skills and confidence they need to excel in school. b) Creating Paths to College: Breakthrough challenges, prepares and supports diverse, low-income middle school students to succeed in rigorous high school programs and go on to college. c) Promoting Careers in Education: Breakthrough cultivates leadership in talented high school and college students who teach classes and help to run our programs. Through training, support and hands-on experience, Breakthrough teachers are inspired to become the next generation of America’s educators.
Academic Prep:
College and Postsecondary Planning:
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