Annual Report

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It is with deep gratitude and joy that I share this report on Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia’s 2020-21 program year. In the pages that follow, you will see a snapshot of the tremendous impact the organization has made in the lives of our extraordinary students, families, teaching fellows, and friends.

As schools across the country scrambled to manage through the pandemic, Breakthrough knew it needed to find a way to provide its students in-person experiences—supporting academic success and physical and emotional wellbeing. With robust safety protocols implemented by Germantown Friends School (GFS), and the support of donors and friends, we were able to invite students back to campus for both the academic year and summer programs. The impact of being together was palpable.

With the goal of exceptional learning at the forefront—in times of crisis and for years to come—we took a pivotal strategic step for the organization and formalized our important partnership with GFS. We knew that the short and long-term operational gains would be significant given GFS’ tremendous history, innovative teaching expertise, strong community, and robust systems. Please read more about this exciting news on page 3.

On top of operational advances, we made powerful programmatic changes this past year. We expanded our rigorous curriculum beyond core academics to provide opportunities for students to participate in coding, visual arts, gardening, golf, language study, and more. We hosted a series of Career Conversations where Breakthrough students learned from experts about a myriad of industries and professions. And we expanded our summer program to include rising 6th graders and will continue to thoughtfully add grade levels over the next few years. You can read more about our phenomenal year—including the “Top Ten Summer Memories”—throughout this report.

Together, we move forward on solid footing and in celebration of the power of the collective efforts of our Breakthrough community. This year, we will continue to make important improvements in evaluation and metrics and systemization, and will expand relationships in our educational community and awareness of the Breakthrough program.

None of this would have been possible—especially not amidst the challenges of the pandemic—without the leadership and support of you, our supporters. Thank you for your continued dedication to Breakthrough and please reach out at any time; we would love to hear from you!

Michelle Palmer

Executive Director, Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia

Breakthrough Collaborative

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