Breakthrough builds a path through college, beginning in middle school, for students from low-income communities who will become the first in their families to earn a college degree. Our program combines individualized, long-term case management with extended learning time for students who statistics say will not enroll in or graduate from college without significant support. We believe that by providing innovative educational programs to children and their families, we can have a multi-generational impact - replacing the cycle of poverty with self-sufficiency.
Middle School Summer Program - The foundation of Breakthrough's programming is our academically rigorous Middle School Summer Program. Aimed to combat summer learning loss, Breakthrough students spend six-weeks studying math, science, English, social studies, and study skills. Additionally, students participate in engaging electives and field trips, creating opportunities for students to develop deep, long-lasting relationships with one another.
High School Institutes - Once students enter high school, Breakthrough's summer programming shifts from focusing on hard skills, such as math and social studies, to soft skills, such as perseverance and teamwork. Breakthrough's High School Institutes are designed to teach incoming 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students the soft skills that are necessary to not only be successful in college but to transition into meaningful career fields after college graduation.
College Completion Program - As students transition to college, Breakthrough helps students be successful in college, persist, and ultimately graduate through a robust, individual case management strategy. Breakthrough intensely case manages our college going students, closely monitoring the progress of our graduates, providing annual reminders of important scholarship deadlines, ensuring our students can continue to financially support their education, and providing guidance and resources as needed to ensure students are persisting on the path toward college graduation.
Future Focus Summer Internship Program - A collaboration between Breakthrough and KIPP Austin, this unique program provides an opportunity to learn about business, explore potential career fields and build a professional network for our students through full-time, paid internships. Past host companies include Accenture, Samsung Austin Semiconductor, and Kendra Scott.
Impact StatementBreakthrough's program works! This past spring, 98% of our high school seniors graduate on time compared to 90% of their Central Texas low-income peers and 92% of them enrolled directly in college compared to 43% of their Central Texas low-income peers. Once in college Breakthrough students are five times more likely to earn a college degree as their low-income peers.
Needs StatementWe believe that all Central Texas children from low-income communities should have the opportunity to go to college. Unfortunately, statistics say this won't happen without significant intervention. In fact, less than 6% of Central Texas middle school students from low-income communities are finishing college, and only 12% of low-income high school graduates.
To combat this trend, Breakthrough makes a 12-year commitment to successfully guide each of its students and families through the long and complicated process of preparing for, enrolling in and completing college. We believe that by providing innovative educational programs to children and their families, we can replace the cycle of poverty with self-sufficiency.
By 2021, Breakthrough will increase the number of students served annually from 1,250 to more than 2,100 - 850 additional students or a 68% increase. It takes the entire community working together to ensure our students have the opportunity to realize their potential and their dreams of becoming first-generation college graduates and we couldn't do it with YOUR support.
"So, although the odds were statistically against me, there was never any question as to whether or not I would pursue higher education. The key was finding the resources I needed to get there. Breakthrough proved itself to be an invaluable resource for me and my family right from the start." - Arianna, Breakthrough College Graduate
Matching Funds DescriptionLaunch Marketing will be matching, dollar for dollar, the first $5,000 donated to Breakthrough during Amplify Austin. Bill Dickson will be matching, dollar for dollar, the next $10,000 donated to Breakthrough during Amplify Austin Day.
Google Fiber has offered a $10,000 matching grant to be distributed among all participating education organizations on Amplify Austin Day. These nonprofit organizations will receive funds on a pro-rata basis. Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day.
After School Homework Helper or Tutor - Help students build their academic skills by providing them with the tools to be successful students. Volunteer as a tutor during Breakthrough's After School Hours program, hosted at the Breakthrough office and at campuses across Austin and Manor. Meet regularly with students and help them with academic work as needed, such as studying for a math quiz or understanding a science problem.