Mission and Vision

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Improving Educational Outcomes Since 1978

Every student deserves support on their path to success. Breakthrough Collaborative creates supportive learning communities that improve equity among college graduates and the next generation of educational leaders.

Breakthrough has been improving educational outcomes for young people since 1978, with the establishment of a single site at University High School in San Francisco. Since then, Breakthrough has grown to become a collective of 25 affiliate sites across the country.


Breakthrough Collaborative works with traditionally underrepresented students to achieve post-secondary success and empowers aspiring leaders to become the next generation of educators and advocates.


We envision a nation where educational equity and access to excellent opportunities propels aspiring students on their path to college and aspiring teachers on their path to the classroom.