About Us

A Note from Executive Director, Dr. Robbin Smart

The value of our work at Breakthrough of Philadelphia has never been so important than the in the past year where I have had the pleasure to serve as the Executive Director. After 23 years as a strong educational non-profit organization, we strengthen our commitment to expanding educational opportunities for academically talented yet, under sourced students and families in the city of Philadelphia.

Research indicates that teacher quality is the most important factor in student academic success. The Breakthrough Teacher Fellowship program improves the quality of the next generation of educators as we inspire and equip motivated college students with skills, knowledge, and experience to become educational leaders. The work we do at Breakthrough transforms education on both ends of the spectrum. We are proud of our organizational impact on each individual and on the educational arena.

As an organization, we remain committed to challenging and inspiring promising young people to become leaders, to confront challenges of access and excellence. Leadership is key to Breakthrough’s ability to actively build capacity, transform individuals and communities and, ultimately, create citizens who better our communities and society. The commitment aligns with our continuing effort to make Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia accessible to students and families of all backgrounds and to create a culturally diverse and inclusive community of leaders who otherwise may not have been afforded such opportunities.

Over a ten-year period we build strong relationships; we get to know our students, their families, cultural identities, social situations, barriers and challenges they face as we support to increase an individual and collective capacity for success.

The culture of leadership fostered at Breakthrough affords valuable experiences that expands notions and concepts of leadership through interactions inside and outside of classrooms. We provide real world opportunities to make a difference in the lives of each person we touch.

Dr. Robbin Smart
Executive Director

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