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Breakthrough New York: March 2014 Newsletter

Monday, March 3, 2014   (0 Comments)
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March 2014 Newsletter
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A Flurry of Summer Teaching Fellow Applicants This Winter





The winter flurries may have us dreaming about warmer weather - but hundreds of top college students from across the country are looking forward to summer for another reason: the coveted Breakthrough New York teaching fellowship.


Long dubbed a Princeton Top Ten internship, Breakthrough New York's Summer Teaching Fellow program gives college students a chance to work with enterprising young middle school students over a rigorous, six-week period.


"This surge of applications is a testament to the success of Breakthrough New York as we celebrate our fifteenth year," says Executive Director Rhea Wong. "While the focus this summer is intensely academic, our Summer Teaching Fellows will help to develop students' character, sense of responsibility and cultural exposure through a positive learning environment."


By last week's deadline, Breakthrough New York received 549 applications for the teaching fellowships. More than half of the applicants are students of color, and more than three quarters attend some the most selective colleges in the country.


We are readying to interview applicants over the coming weeks, and those who are selected for 40 spots will start with two weeks of intensive training in mid-June. Applicants this season came from places such as Boston College. Brandeis University, Colgate University, Duke University, George Washington University, Harvard University, Middlebury College, Northwestern University, Stanford University, Tufts University, and Yale University.


For a complete list of schools, please visit our blog.

Breakthrough New York to Celebrate 15 Years at April 29th Gala


Breakthrough New York will celebrate fifteen years of success at its annual gala on Tuesday, April 29th by pitting attendees against students in an engaging trivia competition, Are You Smarter Than a Breakthrough New York Student?


"As we enter our fifteenth year, Breakthrough New York continues to flourish and lead legions of new students to worlds of success. We have evolved from a budding afterschool program into a unique, six-year program that not only helps students succeed but creates new generations of teachers," says Executive Director Rhea Wong.


Breakthrough New York will celebrate the work of two individuals pivotal to its success: Bonnie Litt, Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at Goldman Sachs, and David Sherman, President of Metropolitan Real Estate Equity Management.


The gala will be held at Tribeca Rooftop at 2 Desbrosses Street in Manhattan. To purchase tickets, visit or email for further information.


  Our two honorees - Bonnie Litt (third from right) and David Sherman (at right) attended last year's gala! 
Gearing Up for Our Next Class!


Interview Day at Breakthrough New York
Interview Day at Breakthrough New York in 2013
Last week, we held two Family information Sessions at our sites in Brooklyn and Manhattan. We wish to thank all of the families - and potential Breakthrough New York students - who showed up to learn more about Breakthrough New York.


The deadline to apply was yesterday. Now we are poring through hundreds of applications - many more than we ultimately will be able to accept. (Sorry, we can't accept late applications.).


Mark your calendars for this April 5th and 12th, when we will need volunteers to pitch in to interview sixth graders - and their parents - who apply to join our program this summer.


You can register to become a Breakthrough New York volunteer here.

Breakthrough New York Responds to Mayor's State of the City Address

During his recent State of the City Address, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio talked about extended-learning programs for middle school students. Breakthrough New York Executive Director Rhea Wong issued the following statement in response:


"I applaud Mayor de Blasio's powerful remarks about the importance of extended-learning programs for middle school students.  His commitment to providing robust and reliable funding for after-school programs will help New York City give its middle school students the academic rigor and cultural enrichment they need to get on the path to lifelong success.  At Breakthrough New York, we're acutely aware of the unique challenges facing middle school students, particularly those from low-income communities. We're thrilled that we have a mayor who is in the corner of middle school students."



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