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.
It's that time of year again - to think about summer (and not just because the polar vortex has just about everyone wishing for warmer weather).
The application period to become a Breakthrough Teaching Fellow for summer 2014 has launched. If the past is any indication, Breakthrough New York can expect to encounter a surge of applications.
Under the process, potential Teaching Fellows rank their top three choices among Breakthrough programs. The majority of applicants select Breakthrough New York as their top choice. In fact, last year, nearly 650 college students applied for only 40 spots in the program - which The Princeton Review identifies as a top internship.
"More than ever, we are witnessing greater interest in our programming, not just from middle school students from across the city but from college students who value the rigorous training this internship provides - particularly if they plan to pursue a career in teaching," says Executive Director Rhea Wong.
Teaching Fellows are selected based on academic accomplishment, leadership experience and the ability to learn teaching techniques as demonstrated during Breakthrough's interview process. Teaching Fellows attend an intensive, two-week training session in mid-June before stepping into classrooms for six weeks.
Do you have what it takes, or know a college student who does? Then forward this newsletter to them so they can explore the application process here.
Save the Date for Breakthrough New York's Second Annual Gala
Help Select the Next Class of Breakthrough Superstars
Interview Day at Breakthrough New York in 2013
Our students benefit from the generosity of awesome volunteers! Last year, dozens of people pitched in to interview sixth graders hungry to join Breakthrough New York.
We'll be conducting two Interview Days again: on Saturday, April 5 at The Town School on the Upper East Side and on Saturday, April 12 at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn.
Mark your calendars. This is a great volunteer opportunity, and a chance to see why our students stand out. We'll include more information on the event in our upcoming newsletters.
Welcome Angel Veza to Breakthrough New York
Angel Veza joined the Breakthrough New York family in December as the Middle School Coordinator for the Manhattan site.
Upon joining the team, Angel was already well-acquainted with the Breakthrough experience, as she was a Teaching Fellow for three summers in the San Juan Capistrano and Hong Kong sites during college. After graduating from Tufts University, she was the Admissions Coordinator at City on a Hill Charter Public School in Boston. However, she wanted to return to the Breakthrough community.
"I love the students," she says. "I believe all students should have access to the tools and resources they need to be successful for college and beyond. Here at Breakthrough, we provide that accessibility."
She pursued Breakthrough New York because, she points out, it's a unique site.
"Breakthrough New York is an independent non-profit, which allows for more flexibility, creativity and opportunities. We're able to grow our staff and support our students not only through middle school but through high school," she says.
A native from Kentucky, she's the first in her family to pursue this career track, and in her free time enjoys choreographing fights and movement for theater and performing contemporary dance.