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Breakthrough New York: July Newsletter!

Thursday, July 11, 2013   (0 Comments)
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July 2013 Newsletter
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Bring Us Your Expertise - Volunteer at Our Mock Interview Day on July 18

Mock interviews give our 8th grade students a chance to practice interview skills such as eye contact, firm hand shakes and the ability to speak clearly and with confidence about themselves. We are holding sessions from 4:00 - 5:45 PM on Thursday, July 18.
Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School 
357 Clermont Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(Walking distance from Atlantic Terminal/Barclays Center 2/3/4/5/N/Q/R or Lafayette C or Lafayette G)
The Town School
540 East 76th Street
New York, NY 10021
(Closest subway is 77th Street 6 train)
Please sign up here to pitch in. We help you prepare, too, so the week before you volunteer you will receive a training packet via email. 

How to Save Your Child's Smarts Over Summer

As the final school bell readies to ring his season, students are anxiously awaiting weeks of fun and relaxation. Summer is not the time to fall behind, especially for those heading to middle school.
Mounting evidence shows that the summer break widens the achievement gaps between high- and low-income students. The National Summer Learning Association, for example, reports that most students fall more than two months behind in math over the summer.
At Breakthrough New York, we shepherd low-income, high-potential students from middle school to college by providing extra tutoring, mentoring, homework assistance and other guidance.  As a result 100% of our students go on to college.
However, spots are limited in programs like Breakthrough: this year more than 200 sixth graders vied for only 68 seats - and private tutors cost thousands of dollars. We can't reach all students, but parents can.
I urge parents to put the brakes on this backpedaling. Students should move ahead, not backslide, while they are on break this summer. Recreation and exercise are important - but so is exercising your brain, cracking open a book, and exploring New York City.
With this in mind, I propose a six-point checklist for parents and students to turn summer learning loss into summer gain. They're all free, or inexpensive, and valuable to students can head to the head of the class.
So click here to find how to stay smart this summer!

BTNY Teachers #1
Pay Breakthrough New York a Visit This Summer

We invite you to be part of the magic that is Breakthrough New York this summer. Please visit us 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

Teaming Up to Help Students Succeed
Welcome Chantaneice Kitt
Breakthrough New York is only as dynamic as our Board of Directors, who know that it takes a mix of dedication, inspiration and perspiration to achieve success. 
With that in mind, we want to congratulate our current members for all of their work over the last year, and welcome our incoming members: Sarah Rappoport, 
Zach Solomon and Andrew Thompson.
We also want to welcome our new Middle School Coordinator in Bcooklyn, Chantaneice Kitt - who is a former Breakthrough student and teacher (just like our Executive Director!) and a Wesleyan University Class of 2013 graduate.
Many of you might have met Chantaneice before: she delivered a moving speech at our annual meeting two years ago.
We wanted to take a moment to share some of her remarks, because they speak volumes about the impact that we - and you - are making on so many lives.
"From a very young age, I believed that I was going to change the world and that I was destined for something great. Yet, the opportunities for young scholars from East Harlem were limited. They were almost non-existent for my young mother who gave birth to me at the age of 16," she said.
While awaiting her acceptance letter from Breakthrough in February 2003, her father was murdered inside the Lexington Ave building where she grew up, near where her uncle also had been killed.
"At this point in my life, I was at a crossroads. I felt myself being consumed by my doubts and anger. Luckily, I received my Breakthrough acceptance letter shortly after. From this very moment in time I decided that I would not become another statistic from Harlem.
Breakthrough served as the force I needed to make something of myself.
Everyday I am inspired by the words spoken by John Wooden, "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."

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