Breakthrough Greater Boston is a successful academic enrichment program that provides a path to college for middle school students with high potential but limited opportunities while promoting careers in education for high school and college students. Using a Students Teaching Students model, Breakthrough provides dynamic, tuition-free academic programming in the summer and during the school year. Our younger students gain the skills and motivation to succeed in rigorous high school programs and, ultimately, in college. Meanwhile, our program empowers older students to teach–every member of our teaching faculty is a high school or college student. Over the past six years, 97% of our graduating students have matriculated to four-year colleges, and 96% of those have persisted through their undergraduate years. Over the past two years, more than 75% of our graduating teachers have gone on to pursue careers in education.
As part of our school year program, Breakthrough Greater Boston operates an academic mentoring program for its middle school and high school students in Cambridge and Boston. Academic Mentors support students who need additional assistance with classwork and homework throughout the school year while providing mentorship to students by offering guidance around non-cognitive skills such as study skills, organization, and self-advocacy.