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Breakthrough New York: April 2014 Newsletter

Friday, April 11, 2014   (0 Comments)
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April 2014 Newsletter
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Educators of Tomorrow Vie for Coveted Chance to Help NYC Middle School Students on Path to College





Hundreds of future educators are vying for a coveted teaching fellowship at Breakthrough New York this summer so they can help local middle school students get on the path to college.


Breakthrough New York received 549 fellowship applications from college students across the country.  The nonprofit organization, which shepherds high-potential, low-income middle school students to four-year colleges, will interview applicants over the coming weeks.  Those who are selected for one of the 48 spots will start with two weeks of intensive training in mid-June, before teaching students for the next six weeks.


"This surge of applications is a testament to the success of Breakthrough New York as we celebrate our 15th 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."


You can learn more about the Teaching Fellows here.




Breakthrough New York Gala Only Weeks Away - and Tickets are Going Fast





We've had an overwhelming response since we first announced Breakthrough New York's gala. Join us in Tribeca on April 29th as we celebrate our 15th anniversary, get to know our students, and take part in an amazing competition,
Are You Smarter Than a Breakthrough New York Student?


Tickets are still available - and you are supporting a great cause! - so visit us at to purchase tickets or email for further information.

Help Wanted: Bilingual Volunteers for 
Interview Day

Each year, dozens of volunteers pitch in to interview aspiring Breakthrough New York students and their relatives. This year, we've had a healthy response - but we still need folks for our April 12th event in Brooklyn. 
We're looking for volunteers who speak Mandarin, Cantonese, Bengali or Spanish. If you fit the bill, we'd love to have you. Email Natalie at
Treating our Students to Cirque du Soleil


We'd like to thank Cirque du Soleil for providing Breakthrough New York with 50 tickets for our students to see amazing acrobatics at its new show, Amaluna.


Our students enjoyed the stellar feats of muscle and elegance in the show - which marks Cirque du Soleil's 30th anniversary - at Citi Field on March 19th. 


Amaluna invited the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Our students were transported into a new world, so thanks Cirque du Soleil!

Amazon is "Smiling" on Breakthrough NY
Don't forget to use Amazon Smile when buying your books and other products on Amazon. A portion of your eligible purchases will be donated to Breakthrough New York when you shop through AmazonSmile. Thanks, Amazon!

Breaking Through the Media!

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Breakthrough New York on New York 1 Noticias

We wanted to share some good news with you. In recent weeks, our work - and some of our awesome students - have been featured in the news. New York 1 Noticias visited our program at The Town School. 

And our new COO Amy Cruz appeared on BronxNet's Dialogo Abierto with high school students Eduardo Garcia and Angel Santana to talk about how Breakthrough New York is changing lives.

And, if you missed it, our letter about the city's public high schools admissions process was featured in The New York Times. You can see the letter on our Facebook Page here. (If you haven't "Liked" us yet, here's your chance!)

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