Volunteers founded SBAN, and SBAN will continue to thrive with the hands and hearts of new volunteers. Friends and alumni of Summerbridge and Breakthrough programs are welcomed to give their time to any of SBAN’s programs.
Breakthrough College Interns: Making a Difference, Pursuing a Career
One of the most exciting results of our summer program is that we often launch careers. Did you know that a majority of our Teacher Interns inevitably pursue careers in teaching?
They don't always start off with those aspirations. In fact, many are drawn to Breakthrough New York because of our reputation as an internship lauded by the Princeton Review (up there with The White House).
This year, nearly 650 college students applied for our 40 summer spots, resumes pouring in from prestigious institutions such as Harvard, Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, Stanford and Columbia.
At Breakthrough New York, we provide teacher interns with intensive training before they head to the head of the class. And, our Intern "graduates" tell us the experience over the subsequent six weeks is life-changing.
Daniel Grimes, for example, is now a teacher with Teach for America, working with students in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. You can read an account of his experience here.
Mark Your Calendars:
Visitors Day at Breakthrough New York
Ever wonder how the shy student becomes a confident public speaker? Ever wonder why our kids love learning and know that being smart is cool?
We invite you to be part of the magic that is Breakthrough New York. You can visit at either the Manhattan or Brooklyn locations.
The Town School
540 East 76th Street, Manhattan
New York, NY
8:00 - 9:00 AM
July 9, 16, 23 and 30
Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School
357 Clermont Avenue, Brooklyn
8:00 - 9:00 AM
July 11, 18, and 25
Learn more about Visitor Days here. If you cannot attend on one of those days, please let us know and we can try to accommodate your schedule.
Traveling the Globe
Breakthrough New York opens up minds, and new worlds. We support many of our students on community service trips outside of New York City. Gabriel Lopez, an 11th grader from Choate Rosemary Hall, recently traveled to Cayambe, Ecuador.
Breakthrough's Opportunity Grant provided $2,400 to cover costs of his trip with the World Horizons organization. While there, Gabriel spent days at a school painting classrooms, replacing windows, building bookshelves, and assembling equipment such as basketball hoop.
"This experience was very eye-opening to the world outside of the United States and more advanced countries," Gabriel says. "I experienced how it was to live in very poor conditions and without the basic luxuries we take for granted."
Gabriel was moved by the friendships he made and wishes to return because of his deep connection with those at the school.
"I would like to thank Breakthrough for giving me this opportunity to go to Ecuador and get to know a part of the world I would've never have," he says. "Hopefully I will have continual support from Breakthrough as I progress in my pathway of community service and giving back."
Funding that Fuels Our Passion
Whether you are new to Breakthrough or you have followed us over the last 14 years, you bear witness to the way we transform the lives of high-potential, low-income students.
Core to our mission is bridging academic and opportunity gaps so we can break the cycle of poverty in families forever. What fuels all of our efforts are tireless volunteers and heartfelt contributions.
On behalf of Breakthrough's Board of Directors, dedicated staff and our students, we want to thank the private and corporate contributors who are ushering our students into worlds of success.
Of particular note are several sizeable grants that have come our way in recent weeks, and deserve "shout outs": The Pinkerton Foundation ($75,000); The Shippy Foundation ($50,000); Capital One Bank Foundation ($40,000); and, the J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation ($25,000).
Every dollar counts, and contributions such as these help chart a better future for our Breakthrough students. You can help, too. Visit us here to make a contribution. Every little bit counts!