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.
Thanks to the support of the Breakthrough community, a process that began as an exploratory idea in 2010 has come to fruition. On Monday, we officially opened a second Breakthrough site within Greater Boston. This expansion will ultimately double the number of students and teachers benefiting from our college access and teacher training programs.
Nearly 100 Breakthrough supporters and elected officials gathered at TechBoston Academy in Dorchester for Breakthrough's Boston Campus Ribbon Cutting.
Some voices from the historic day:
"Before I was introduced to Breakthrough, I often felt that I was behind in a lot of my classes...Then I completed my first summer of Breakthrough, and when I went back to school I was able to solve linear equations, quadratic equations, and my favorite, exponential equations."
-Mauro Teixeira, 10th Grade Breakthrough Student
"The Boston Public Schools are very excited to have Breakthrough as a new partner. We look forward to learning from the experience in Cambridge and to watching this first class of students all head off to college in six years!"
-Kim Rice, COO of the Boston Public Schools
"We felt a moral imperative to leap across the river and bring Breakthrough to Boston."
-Elissa Spelman, Breakthrough Greater Boston Executive Director
The inaugural class of Breakthrough Boston Campus students and teachers awaiting the ribbon cutting.
Mauro Teixeira, rising 10th grade Breakthrough Student, addressing the crowd at the Ribbon Cutting.
Rising 7th grade student, Ricco Warden, and returning teacher, Caro Hua, cut the ribbon!
Left to right: Russell Holmes, MA State Senator, Kim Rice, Chief Operating Officer, Boston Public Schools, Elissa Spelman, Executive Director, Breakthrough Greater Boston, Nora Vernazza & Keith Love, Co-Headmasters at TechBoston Academy.
Breakthrough Greater Boston rising 7th grade students, Dezaree Williams & Thens Duviella, preparing to deliver the student pledge at the new Boston Campus.