Impact

Students

Since 1995, Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia has served more than 1,500 underserved students. In that time, the program has evolved from a “bridge” program for two summers designed to provide middle school students an academically rigorous summer with exposure to dynamic college students from around the country to a year-round intensive college preparatory and persistence program with long term goals for the students’ success.

Ultimately, the goal is to prepare each Breakthrough student to graduate on-time from a college preparatory high school, matriculate directly into and succeed at a four-year college or university. In order to achieve this goal, Breakthrough works with families to ensure that students are applying to high schools that will best support their goals and dreams. As part of our twice-a-month Saturday program during the school year and our six-week summer programs with students, families with students in middle school experience educational opportunities to prepare them to navigate the high school application process. A member of the Breakthrough staff also works to provide individualized support to ensure that students are applying to high schools that will best prepare them for future academic and life achievements.

Throughout high school, Breakthrough also educates students and families about scholarships and financial aid and provides support and services to ensure that students are prepared for the competitive college application process. As a result, our students’ rates of on-time high school graduation, college matriculation and persistence to graduation have steadily grown.

 


% of Breakthrough Alumni who enrolled in college since 2014 that have graduated


% of Breakthrough alumni who Enrolled in Four Year College (since 2009)


% of Breakthrough High School Students Graduate High School


% of Breakthrough High School Students
Attend College Preparatory High Schools

Teaching Fellows

Since 1995, Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia has served more than 500 college students as part of their path to careers in education and other fields. During their nine-week Teaching Fellowship, these Teaching Fellows engage in 80+ hours of pre-classroom training and professional development, experience at least 60 hours of direct classroom instruction as the lead teacher, and receive, on average, 30 hours of instructional support from a content-based coach.

Teaching Fellows at Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia experience the entire educator cycle. With their coaches, they use data to plan and assess lessons. They write and adapt lesson plans and homework, teach classes of 10 – 15 students, grade the work they assigned, and communicate with students and families to share information about the students’ progress and growth areas. Teaching Fellows work in department teams and grade groups throughout the summer to share best practices and learn from one another.


% of 2019 Teaching Fellows who feel they have a better understanding of the demands of teaching and feel better prepared to pursue a career in teaching after participating in Breakthrough


% of Teaching Fellows who definitely planned careers working with or advocating on behalf of youth before participating in Breakthrough


% of Teaching Fellows who definitely planned careers working with or advocating on behalf of youth after participating in Breakthrough

% of BTGP Teaching Fellows Alumni who were satisfied with their Breakthrough experience

Teaching Fellows also bring fun, energy, and spirit to the program. Knowing that students commit to completing two hours of homework per night, their teachers work in committees throughout the summer to create decorations, plan the daily All Site Meeting with skits and songs, and overall keep the students engaged throughout the entire six week program.

 

Teaching Fellows continue on to participate in many nationally recognized teacher training programs, including:

  • University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
  • Teach For America
  • Relay Graduate School of Education
  • Boston Teacher Residency
  • Uncommon Schools
  • and more

 

Breakthrough Collaborative

180 Grand Ave #1225, Oakland, CA 94612, USA