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.
As we usher in 2014, it's with a mix of joy, optimism, and hope.
We are joyous because Breakthrough New York soared to new heights in 2013. We witnessed incredible growth - in the number of students who sought our help and the number of college students who applied for summer internships.
We are optimistic because the level of engagement - through hands, hearts and wallets - grew dramatically as well. The ranks of our volunteers, both recurring and new, continued to climb, the level of contributions increased to meet our goals, and support from our board and re-invigorated Young Professionals group rose.
And, we are hopeful.
Over the last decade and a half, Breakthrough New York has celebrated each year with greater achievements. Our newly launched Brooklyn program is following in the footsteps of our flourishing one on the Upper East Side. In 2014, we will celebrate our 15th anniversary as we chart a brighter future for our students.
As we start a new year, we resolve to remain true to our mission, steadfast in our resolve to bring out the best in our students, and to always be humbled by the passion and dedication displayed by our friends, colleagues and supporters.
Thank you for an incredible 2013, and we wish you the happiest and healthiest days ahead in 2014.
Raising Funds, Lifting Dreams
We can do it. We set the bar high for our students, and you are coming through. Our end-of-the-year appeal has raised more than $63,000 to date - and we need less than $2,000 to meet our December 31st goal!
And, the first $50,000 will be matched for a grand total of more than $115,000.
We want to thank you for your support, and encourage you to let friends, family and colleagues know about our end-of-the-year appeal.
As we start the new year, we won't rest of our laurels. Our students always could use more help. You can contribute here. Every donation helps, to provide books on our "wish list", fund cultural activities and strengthen our academic offerings.
Great News About Our Hero!
Gabe Lopez with BTNY Executive Director Rhea Wong at the Catalog for Giving gala.
Last month, we shared with you the remarks that Gabriel Lopez delivered at The Catalog for Giving gala. In his remarks, Gabriel spoke about how far he has gone since starting with Breakthrough New York six summers ago.
A senior at Choate Rosemary Hall, a prep school in Connecticut, the 17-year-old told the crowd: "Thanks to the support of Breakthrough, I am on the path to a great college and career."
Well, he is.
Only weeks after his speech, on December 12th Gabriel learned that he has been accepted to The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University.
"I really wanted to get into Columbia. It was always a dream for me," he told us after receiving the news, admitting to welling up with tears when he learned the news. "I was so happy when I was accepted. I know there are so many opportunities there."
He now plans to pursue Computer Science studies. "I like math and problem-solving, and this is definitely something I want to pursue the rest of my life," he said.
He credits Breakthrough New York with navigating him along the path to success, introducing him to new worlds, and giving him the expertise to prepare for the SATs and improve his college applications.
"I don't know where I would be without Breakthrough New York," he said. "They have done so much for me over the past six years."