Founded in Cambridge in 1992, Breakthrough Greater Boston (BTGB) is a year-round, tuition-free program that offers six years of a academically intensive out-of-school time services to highly motivated, traditionally underserved middle and high school students in greater Boston.
Unique to Breakthrough is the Students Teaching Students model which offers diverse, high achieving college and high school students the opportunity to teach classes, while benefiting from professional mentorship and research-based training.
After operating in Cambridge for more than 20 years, BTGB has opened a new site in Dorchester. This expansion will double the number of students and teachers benefiting from BTGB’s successful college access and teacher training programs.
Academic Mentor: Work one-on-one supporting a student in a subject that they find challenging. Training provided. Commitment: At least one semester, preferably entire school year. Meetings are one hour, with schedule to be arranged with the student. Volunteers mostly needed for August – December and February – May but all applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
College Access Coach: Coaches work one-on-one to support students throughout the college application process including the writing of admissions essays. Training provided. Commitment: One school year, approximately three hours per week. Applications accepted from December – February. Volunteers are asked to make a minimum 10-month commitment (March 2016 – January 2017).
Mock Interviews: Give our students the opportunity to practice interviewing in advance of their college admissions interviews or entrance to other academic enrichment programs.
Mentor a High School Intern: Host one of our committed students at your organization for 2-5 days a week for at least six weeks over the summer. Hosts needed for July and August.
Career Day or Panel: Expose our students to a range of professions by participating in our annual career day or coming to speak on a career panel about the highlights of your job and career path.
Teacher Appreciation Dinner Host: Ensure our extremely hard-working teachers feel appreciated by sponsoring an end-of-summer dinner at a local restaurant. Hosts needed in August.
PROJECTS AND ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT
Office Projects: A range of administrative projects arise for which we need additional hands including mailings for families, newsletter distribution, and organizing portfolios of student work to share with interested visitors and supporters. Some projects can be done off-site.
Night of Volunteers: Assist with set-up, registration, clean-up for our annual events including Breakthroughs in Education (December), the Breakthrough Gala (April), and Celebration (August).
Event Committees: Support Breakthrough’s Associate (young professionals) Board by joining the host committee of their annual fundraiser, the Breakthrough Bash. Help sell tickets, create marketing plans, select food and décor, acquire silent auction items, create event materials and more! Host Committee members needed May – October.
Summer Student Lunch Host: Each week during the summer, our students enjoy a special meal provided by some of our community partners. You and fellow volunteers will bring and serve the meal and then have the opportunity to sit and chat with our dynamic students and teachers. Hosts needed for July nad August.
Host a House Party: Host a small group at your house or a local venue and introduce them to Breakthrough. We’ll be on hand to lead a conversation about the need for and impact of our work in Cambridge, Boston – and beyond!
We are often seeking donations of school and office supplies to ensure our students have what they need. Organize a drive at your office or out in the community!
As our organization is doubling its programmatic impact in Greater Boston, we are also seeking to broaden the diversity and expertise of our governing and associate (young professional) boards.
For those with professional-level skills to share, we always need assistance with web design, photography, videography, graphic design and printing.
If you are interested in any of the above opportunities, please contact Amy Kingman, Director of Advancement at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-349-6647.