Breakthrough Austin

Amplify Day Goal: $20,000.00

Organizational Overview

Breakthrough Austin
1050 East 11th Street
Austin, Texas 78702

Mission Statement

Breakthrough creates a path through college, beginning in middle school, for students from low-income communities who will be the first in their families to earn a college degree.

Breakthrough does whatever it takes to help our students beat the odds to become first-generation college graduates. We make a commitment to each of our students for 12 years to successfully guide them and their families through the long and complicated process of preparing for, enrolling in and completing college. We believe that by providing innovative out-of-school learning and individualized case-management to students and their families, we can replace the cycle of poverty with self-sufficiency. In addition to our long-term individualized case-management model, Breakthrough's core programs include:

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 Statement

Internal and external evaluations prove that Breakthrough's continued innovation is having a positive impact on our students, their families, and the Central Texas Community. 100% of Breakthrough students graduate high school on time (as compared to 78% of their low-income peers) and our students are enrolling directly into college at nearly twice the rate of their peers. Once in college Breakthrough students are four times more likely to persist through college and earn a degree. Breakthrough's impact will have a long-lasting effect on the community, replacing the cycle of multi-generational poverty with one of self-sufficiency.

Needs Statement

Breakthrough exists because all students, regardless of where they live, their economic circumstance, or their ethnicity, deserve to go to college, but statistics say that low-income students will not without significant intervention. Today, only six percent of middle school students who come from low-income communities in Central Texas will graduate from college. To succeed, these children need supporters and advocates who can help them defy adversity and reach their highest potential.

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.

"We are thankful every day that we have Breakthrough as our guide and our second family. I have BIG DREAMS and I know that they will help me get there." - Jordan, Breakthrough Student

"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

Interested in volunteering with first-generation college goers? Below are some of our upcoming volunteer opportunities:

One-time Opportunities

11th Grade Summer Options Workshops -
When: Feb 8 & 9, 5 - 8PM
Where: Manor High School - 12700 Gregg Manor Rd, Manor, TX 78653
Who: 11th graders at Manor ISD will be attending to learn about different summer opportunities and apply to at least one internship/job. Volunteers will help students narrow their search and help them apply. Pizza dinner provided. Volunteers can come one or both days.

11th Grade Summer Options Workshops -
When: Mar 13, 14, 15, 2-5PM,
Where: Breakthrough Austin Office - 1050 E. 11th Street, STE 350, Austin, TX 78702
Who: 11th graders at Austin ISD will be attending to learn about different summer opportunities and apply to at least one internship/job. Volunteers will help students narrow their search and help them apply. Pizza dinner provided. Volunteers can come one or both days.

Recurring Opportunities

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.

A Boost for Breakthrough Austin

by Cathleen King

Hi Friends!

If you have been looking for a way to help those in need, especially in light of the tumult in our world today, I have an idea for you.

Amplify Austin is coming up on March 2-3. It is a 24 hour online giving day to encourage Austinites to give to their charity of choice. Over the past 4 years, Amplify has raised ~$25 million for local Austin non-profits. This year, the goal is to raise $9 million!

My goal is to raise $1,000 for Breakthrough Austin. Breakthrough is changing the world, one student at a time. Their mission is to help kids graduate college who will be the first in their family to do so.

I truly believe they are doing the work to make our world a better place - to create more diverse college campuses, board rooms, and legislatures.

I have had the chance to volunteer with Breakthrough and witness firsthand their amazing students. Breakthrough students are 5x more likely to graduate college than other low-income Central Texas students.

I hope you will consider donating to Breakthrough during Amplify Austin. They are growing like crazy and could really use your support! Breakthrough currently has 1,250 kids in their program and that number is expected to DOUBLE over the next five years.

If not Breakthrough, please think about donating to another local ATX charity that touches your heart!

Thank you for your consideration.

Also included below is a great video about Breakthrough's mission.


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Goal: $1,000.00

Arlene's Birthday

by Arlene Wang

March is my birthday month. In lieu of a gift, I'd love if you could contribute to a nonprofit I've volunteered with over the years. Breakthrough Austin puts middle school students from under-resourced communities on the path to college.

A gift of $25 provides Breakthrough students with access to after school tutoring, bus passes to attend these programs, and funding for ACT/SAT registration fees. $50 provides the application fee for a student to apply to college. Every dollar makes a difference. Please consider giving during Amplify Austin!

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Goal: $100.00