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Breakthrough New York: We Did It (thanks to you)!

Monday, August 4, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alex Shyu
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August 2014
We Did It!  
It's been an incredible summer at Breakthrough New York, and thanks to you, it's been an amazingly successful one as well. We aimed to raise $75,000 to fuel the launch of our third program site next year in The Bronx.


And we can now happily report that our Bronx-To-College Campaign exceeded expectations and drew 69 gifts amounting to $78,312. On top of that, a generous donor provided a matching challenge gift and brought our total to $83,312.


This funding provides the jumpstart we needed to unveil our program at New York Junior Tennis & Learning's spacious new Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning in Crotona Park in June 2015.


It's not only been a summer of progress, but performance. Our summer school charges just completed an intensive six weeks of instruction, led by an enthusiastic and intrepid corps of Teaching Fellows.


We welcomed quite a number of friends on Visitors Days, and also prepared our eighth-grade students for high school admissions interviews thanks to the awesome volunteers who peppered them with tough interview questions.


Kudos to our interviewers for a job well done: Victoria Adamo; Jane Barnet; Denis Beslic; Jenna Blashek; David Bournas-Ney; Ellie Bressman; Jessica Coppola; Natalie Cox; Amy Cruz; Mara Eisenbaum; Freda Gimpel; Winnie Huang; John LaCroix; Honor Lassalle; Jon Lindsey; Krystal Martinez; Jordan Mendell; Ali Morgan; Katherine Morrow; Anita Rastoder; Jabali Sawicki; David Studer; Peg Tyre; Barri Waltcher; Andrew Way; Alex Weisman; Monica Williams; Robert Wolk; Geoffrey Worrell; and, Dominique Young.


And, we shepherded our 7th graders to a number of firms that hosted Career Day visits. Thank you to the following companies for hosting our students.



Eusonia Records/Studios 
Food & Wine Magazine 
Goldman Sachs 
Google, Inc. 
Marsh & McLennan Companies
Metropolitan Real Estate 
New York 1 News 
New York Stock Exchange
Price Waterhouse Cooper
Skadden, Arts, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Special thanks to the following Career Day hosts:


Mikhael AbebeMelissa GandolfiTrent JonesBonnie LittSarah Jane OwenJet Taylor
Vanessa AmaroStephanie GaydenAlen KnapicMeg MacCaugheyNoris PindlingAdriane Tidona
Lisa BraccoChristopher GiovanniKate KraderCasey MacGuireAsahi PompeyErich Umar
Allison BrecherRachel GreenbergJohn LaiAvi MashAndy RaquetLogan Vairo
Maribel CarterTom HeebnerNick LarsonPete McCormackFelicia RectorMcKenna Vanderbeek
Wil CruzSiddiq IddrisuRachel LaryMilton MedinaMike SheerinKevin Verbael
Emily DaSilvaAndrew JacobsRaphael LeeJoseph MudhoDavid ShermanTrac Vu
Felipe DorregarayScott JacobyDoug LeeFelix NavarroLisa SholkinCarlton Walker
Lorraine FeldmanKimberly JohnsRachel Levine-RamirezSusan NgElaine ShultzVivian Wesson
David FelmanCurtis JohnsonNigel LewisNicole NortonSrikanth SurapaneniAnnie Zhang



Students tour the New York Stock Exchange


One final thank you to Alex Weisman, a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University who took exceptional photos of our summer program during his internship with us this summer.


We wish you the best during these final few weeks of summer, and look forward to seeing you this fall!


Reading, Writing and Coding
Council Member Ben Kallos Visits Breakthrough New York
This summer, our students discovered that it's cool to code.
Always striving to give our students the best after school and summer education they can receive, we instituted coding classes so they could learn programming languages.
Our classes drew the attention of New York City Council Member Ben Kallos, who visited our program at The Town School and talked with our students. You can watch his talk with the students in the video above.

At the send of the summer, students presented their coding projects. Among those was Adrian's project, "Surviving a Day at High School", and Amaari's "Dance Game". (Click the "See Inside" tab so you can see all of the coding that went into their creation!)
Chalkbeat visited our Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School program (more on that next month!), while watched our coding class at The Town School. You can read about that here.
Stepping to the Head of the Class
Breakthrough New York Teaching Fellow Program
Breakthrough New York Teaching Fellow Program
Breakthrough New York received 549 applications from college students from across the country to serve as Teaching Fellow this summer. Over the last six weeks, the 48 we selected stepped to the front of the class to instruct our kids.

Among them was Gaby Nesmith, a former Breakthrough New York student who soon heads into her sophomore year at Duke University. Thank you to all of our Teaching Fellows for ushering our students toward worlds of success.


Speaking of Success

A special thanks to this summer's three participants in our second annual Speaker Series. This July, Michael Granoff and Dr. Sunil Malhotra visited Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn while Woody Young spent time with our students at The Town School in Manhattan. 

Michael (who is pictured above) is the Chief Executive Office of Pomona Capital, which he founded in 1994, and is responsible for strategic planning, capital and executive management.

Dr. Sunil Malhotra is a new member of our Board and is a pediatric cardiac surgeon at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. 

Woody (pictured below) is the Head of Global Telecommunications and a Vice Chairman for US Investment Banking at Lazard.
All three talked about their career challenges and successes, offered advice to students, and answered questions. As we like to do here at Breakthrough, a round of "snaps" for our stellar speakers.


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