Breakthrough Collaborative is a national leader in educational equity.Inspiring students. Developing teachers. Together, we are Breakthrough.
Our Priority: Educational Equity
ALL STUDENTS DESERVE SUPPORT ON THEIR PATH TO SUCCESS
Inequity in education persists nationwide. Our model addresses opportunity gaps for students, beginning in the middle school years, and introduces college students to careers in teaching as we seek to build a diverse and talented educator workforce.
National Scale with a Regional Approach
We mobilize the talent of students from over 250 colleges and universities to meet the educational needs of motivated, underrepresented youth from coast to coast.
Each year Breakthrough connects 10,000 students with 1,100 college-aged Teaching Fellows in 24 cities across the country. Learn more.
Get to know Breakthrough Video
Discover Breakthrough’s unique program model in this brief video.
The Breakthrough Impact
50% MORE LIKELY TO DIRECTLY ENROLL IN A 4-YEAR COLLEGE
Breakthrough students are 50% more likely to directly enroll in a four-year college or university than high school graduates nationwide, regardless of socio-economic background. Once they enroll, they graduate at the same rate as their high-income peers.
76% PURSUE CAREERS IN EDUCATION
After receiving real-world, relevant teaching experiences, 3 out of 4 Breakthrough Teaching Fellows, 60% of whom are people of color, enter the education profession.
40+ Year History
For over 40 years, we have been creating systems-level change, one student and teacher at a time. Our proven program is delivered through 24 affiliates and evidenced in a growing body of data to support the model.
Hear how the Breakthrough Teaching Fellow experience creates life-long impact
Join the premier summer teaching program designed for undergraduates of all majors and career aspirations. During a summer teaching residency at Breakthrough, students gain valuable classroom experience and grow their leadership skills in a fun and supportive community.
THE BREAKTHROUGH SONG
“I’m looking for a breakthrough… a reason to believe that I can dream”
Chris Lee is an actor, musician, and Hamilton musical star, but first he was a Breakthrough Atlanta student. Lee recently penned the Official Breakthrough Song and recorded it with a group of Breakthrough Atlanta Scholars. Lee is a member of our Breakthrough National Ambassador Council and continues to give back to the Breakthrough community with this time and talents. Read his story.