Join us in celebrating the release of part 1 of Lessons in Adolescence podcast.

This episode features a conversation with three leaders of the Breakthrough Collaborative on the importance of student/teacher relationships in the Breakthrough community, exploring the regional differences across Breakthrough affiliates, and sharing stories of how Breakthrough students are thriving in the virtual classroom during the pandemic.

Elissa Vanaver is Breakthrough’s CEO, who has led the organization through a new strategy that looks to codify its programming and solidify its large network of local affiliates across the country serving more than 10,000 students annually. Elissa is joined by Mariohn Michel, Breakthrough Birmingham Exectuive Director  and Alex Serna, Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano Executive Director.

Elissa, Mariohn, Alex, and Jason talk about Breakthrough’s programming for middle schoolers and how that national model takes shape in various local contexts with individual needs, Breakthrough’s human capital strategy to bring talented college students in various fields into education, and what effect they have on young adolescents, and vice versa, and Breakthrough’s approach to remote programming, including which elements might stick post-pandemic.

Listen to the entire conversation on Spotify HERE or on Apple podcast streaming HERE.