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.
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
6X MORE LIKELY TO GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE
Breakthrough students are six times more likely to graduate from college than their national peer average. 75% are first-generation college-goers.
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.
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.
Breakthrough Reflections: In Their Own Words
Breakthrough Collaborative announced today that Vince Marigna has been named its CEO effective July 18. Marigna will succeed Elissa Vanaver who announced her retirement last fall and who has served as National CEO since 2017. Most recently, Marigna served as Executive Director of Braven - Newark, where he grew the number of college students served year over year, secured funding to fuel growth...