With the new school year upon us, we look back at this summer with pride and exultation for the Breakthrough affiliates around the country who filled their summer programs with learning, growth, and incredible Breakthrough spirit!

Despite the unparalleled obstacles that students faced, with schools and academic programs struggling to meet increased needs with limited resources, thousands of Breakthrough moments – of joyful learning and togetherness – happened over the course of this past summer.

Of the 24 Breakthrough affiliates, two opted for fully virtual programming, and 22 sites had either hybrid (virtual & in-person) or fully in-person programming. Every affiliate took the necessary measures to ensure a safe and successful learning environment.  Overall, more than 5,400 Breakthrough students and 830  teaching fellows across the country engaged in summer learning!

Because of our tireless Breakthrough staff, students are more prepared for the school year ahead, and another class of teaching fellows is ready to become education changemakers.


See below for just a few of the summer ’21 highlights from around the collaborative!