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SAINT PAUL: Breakthrough Buzz July 2014!

Monday, July 14, 2014   (0 Comments)
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The Breakthrough BUZZ July 2014
Welcome to BTC 2014-2015
Welcome New Students!
The summer program is now in full swing! At Breakthrough we have a fun tradition of welcoming our students off the bus each morning with a crazy bus greeting. This year, three sites means three times the energy.
Images of new students from BTC@MPA
Images of new students from BTC@NAZ
Images of new students from BTC@SPCS
Welcome Mikisha Nation ... BTC's new ED!
We are pleased and proud to announce Mikisha Nation as the next Executive Director of Breakthrough Twin Cities. She "officially" starts in her new role today, Monday, July 14!
Give her a warm BTC welcome at
Image of Mikisha
Mikisha comes to Breakthrough Twin Cities with an amazing breadth and depth of experience from corporate America (Target Corporation), the nonprofit world (Minneapolis Urban League) and the public sector (US Department of Health and Human Services). She is a proven leader who excels at motivating her team’s growth and developing new initiatives. As a graduate of Dartmouth College, her personal story is one to which all BTC alums may aspire … migrating to the US from Jamaica at age six, she was raised in an inner-city community in Bridgeport, Connecticut where she “witnessed firsthand the challenges that families face trying to provide for their child’s future in environments where violence, poverty, drug addiction, and inequitable access to education are the norm. Without the support of my family and education enrichment programs like Horizons, Upward Bound, and Connecticut Scholars, it would have been very difficult for me to navigate through the college process. As a result of my experiences, I have dedicated a significant portion of my life to public service by taking action to address disparities and inspiring others to do the same.” Mikisha added, “I am reminded of a Jamaican saying, "Wi likkle but wi tallewah". This phrase was originally used to depict my home country as a small but mighty island nation. The phrase is also used to describe the tenacious and committed character of people and organizations that through their resolve are achieving noteworthy results. Breakthrough Twin Cities embodies the spirit of this traditional saying and I know even greater things are in store for [our] organization in the future.”
Welcome BTC Visitors ... Join us for Visitors' Day!
We invite you to see our program in action by attending one of the four remaining visitors days this month.
3 sites ... 3 x the fun! = Visitors' Day!
Breakthrough Twin Cities
Map of BTC 3 Sites ... MPA, NAZ and SPCS
The best way to get to know
the excitement and culture of
Breakthrough is to spend time
with us!

Mounds Park Academy
Wed., July 16 & Tues., July 22
@ 10am - Noon
2051 Larpenteur Av E / St. Paul

Northside Achievement Zone
Thurs., July 17
@ 10am - Noon
Sojourner Truth Academy
3820 Emerson Ave N. / Mpls. (map)

St. Paul City School
Tues., July 15
@ 11:15am - 1:15pm
643 Virginia Street / St. Paul
For more info & to RSVP go to
BTC Shout Out to the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation for their support
Please consider a gift to support the Breakthrough Twin Cities 3 sites
... and THANK YOU!
Breakthrough Twin Cities
Celebrating Our Breakthroughs ... 10 years and growing!
2051 Larpenteur Avenue East
Saint Paul MN 55109
Tel: 651 748.5504
Inspiring Students ... Developing Teachers ... Transforming Lives
Breakthrough Twin Cities
... helps motivated students
overcome adversity to prepare for college
with the support of older students
passionate about education.

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