S&C client Breakthrough Collaborative is so much more than a college access organization. For nearly four decades it has been breaking down the barriers that stand between underserved middle and high school students and college entry, and inspiring the next generation of teachers. Breakthrough has created a groundswell for true change that is reducing the achievement gap for students across the United States
In 1978 Breakthrough was founded in San Francisco to offer direct service summer programming at a single location. Today their collaborative network has 25 affiliates, which offer school year programming and serve 5,000+ students each summer. Breakthrough’s teaching fellowship program is the largest pre-professional program in the US, training 1,000 undergraduates each year. The impact of Breakthrough programming can be seen not only in the success of their alumni, but also in the increased nationwide awareness of the need for college access programming.
Breakthrough programming is designed for those students, often in under-resourced schools, who have college aspirations but need assistance to be ready for the challenge. The commitment these students make to consecutive summer programs and supplemental school year enrichment is effective in reducing summer learning loss — a particular difficulty for low-income learners. 70% of Breakthrough students will be the first in their families to attend a 4-year college.
S&C has a long tradition of working with premiere education organizations. We are proud to support Breakthrough in their growth as they hire two new fundraising professionals for their national office in Oakland, CA. The Institutional and Individual Giving Manager positions will be key staffers in the success of Breakthrough’s goal of improving education opportunity in the United States.