Somerville Public Schools Announces Partnership with BTGB to Expand Out of School Time Learning25-Sep-2017

Somerville, MA – The Somerville Public Schools (SPS) and Breakthrough Greater Boston (BTGB) are entering a partnership this year that will offer SPS middle grades and high school students the opportunity to participate in six years of intensive, out-of-school time programming starting in t...Continue Reading

2017 Breakthrough Bash23-Sep-2017

Nearly 200 attendees gathered at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology to celebrate Breakthrough Greater Boston, raising over $14,000 to support our educational programs. #btbash2017 Presented by The Breakthrough Greater Boston Associate Board Saturday,...Continue Reading

Breakthrough Voices Support for Immigrant Communities08-Sep-2017

September 8, 2017 Dear Breakthrough Community, On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced that it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months if Congress doesn’t find a more permanent solution. DACA shields young undocumented immigrant...Continue Reading

Breakthrough awarded a $500,000 Catalyst Grant22-Aug-2017

Wellington Management Foundation makes a significant investment in Breakthrough’s geographic expansion BOSTON, August 22, 2017 – Breakthrough Greater Boston was awarded a $500,000 Catalyst Grant from the Wellington Management Foundation to propel significant organizational growth...Continue Reading

Breakthrough Greater Boston Awarded $100,00009-Jun-2017

Breakthrough Greater Boston is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation's "$100K for 100" program. The organization, which is in the middle of a multi-phase expansion from Cambridge into Boston and Somerville, was chosen from a total of 549 appli...Continue Reading

Congratulate the Class of 2017 on Their College Admissions!25-May-2017

Below is the list of colleges and universities to which the class of 2017 was accepted. Click here ( to find out where our alumni will be in the fall! Adelphi University American University Barnard College Boston ...Continue Reading

BTGB Associate Board Hosts 4th Annual 90s-Themed Trivia Night18-May-2017

Breakthrough Greater Boston's Associate Board hosted its 4th Annual "Get Schooled!" Trivia Night to benefit the Summer Program. To recognize Breakthrough's 25th anniversary, the theme of this year's event was the 90s! Teams of BTGB supporters tested their knowledge of pop culture, popular b...Continue Reading

A record-breaking $620,000+ raised at BTGB's 25th Anniversary Gala28-Apr-2017

Thanks to the support of more than 500 community members in attendance, Breakthrough Greater Boston raised over $620,000 at the 25th Anniversary Gala! This special evening reflected on Breakthrough's past 25 years, featured som...Continue Reading

Breakthrough Greater Boston Announces Expansion to Somerville28-Apr-2017

(L-R) Jason Behrens, Somerville Public Schools teacher and innovation specialist; Laura Pitone, Somerville School Committee chair; Peter Skipper; Dr. Mary Skipper, Somerville School District Superintendent; Elissa Spelman, Executive Director of Breakthrough Greater Boston; and Carrie Normand,...Continue Reading

Letter from the Executive Director - January 30, 201730-Jan-2017

The Breakthrough community is a safe and welcoming place for all. Please read this letter from our Executive Director: (/Letter from Executive Director 1.30.2017.pdf) ...Continue Reading

Winter 2016 Breakthrough Buzz Boston05-Jan-2017

The inaugural family and partners newsletter is here! Click below for higher resolution. (/Newsletter Boston Winter 2016.pdf) (/Newsletter Boston Winter 2016.pdf)...Continue Reading

Winter 2016 Breakthrough Buzz Cambridge05-Jan-2017

The inaugural family and partners newsletter is here! Click below for higher resolution. (/Newsletter Cambridge Winter 2016.pdf) (/Newsletter Cambridge Winter 2016.pdf) ...Continue Reading

9th Annual Breakthroughs in Education Gathers Community to Discuss Out-of-School Time Learning01-Dec-2016

9th Annual Breakthroughs in Education Gathers Community Leaders for Important Discussion on Out-of-School Time Learning On December 1, 2016, Breakthroughs in Education celebrated those that have worked to improve urban education and promote community awareness of educational equi...Continue Reading

Breakthrough Greater Boston Releases Report on Summer Learning Results01-Dec-2016

Breakthrough Greater Boston Releases Report on Summer Learning Results Breakthrough Greater Boston (BTGB) released the results of their annual summer learning report during their last night’s annual Breakthroughs in Education event hosted at Google. The report is based on their six-wee...Continue Reading

Breakthrough Kicks Off College Access Program With Chromebook Donation27-Oct-2016

Breakthrough Greater Boston Distributes Chromebooks to Every Student During Kick Off to College Access Program Robert Kraft Donation provides personal computers to 11th Grade students applying to College Breakthrough Greater Boston will host its annual kick off to t...Continue Reading

Community Novel Initiative Kicks Off with Boston Native, Daniel José Older20-Jul-2016

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Breakthrough Bulletin - Spring 201627-Jun-2016

In the Spring 2016 issue of the Breakthrough Bulletin, find updates and information on the following: Transformative Teaching Honored at the 2016 Breakthrough Gala Thank You Breakthrough Gala Sponsors! Academic Mentors Help Breakthrough Students Succeed 2016 College Acceptances Refle...Continue Reading

A record-breaking $400K raised and more than 470 inspired at the 2016 Breakthrough Gala31-Mar-2016

Thanks to the support of the 470 community members in attendance, Breakthrough Greater Boston raised over $400,000 in contributions at the 8th Annual Breakthrough Gala! HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE EVENING INCLUDED: CHECK OUT MORE PHOT...Continue Reading

Breakthrough Gathers Community for Engaging Conversation on STEAM Education with Congressman Kennedy03-Dec-2015

On December 4, over 160 of Greater Boston's educators, elected and school officials, and Breakthrough supporters gathered at Google for the 8th Annual Breakthroughs in Education, featuring an expert panel discussion on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Education mo...Continue Reading

Breakthrough Bulletin - Fall 201529-Oct-2015

In the Fall 2015 issue of the Breakthrough Bulletin, find updates and information on the following: (/BB Fall 2015 Draft.pdf)Congressman Joe Kennedy III to Moderate Breakthroughs in Education Event Class of 2015 College Enrollment Breakthrough Posse Scholar Finalists Meet Our Ne...Continue Reading

$270K Raised and 430 Inspired at the 2015 Breakthrough Gala23-Apr-2015

Thanks to the support of over 430 individuals, Breakthrough Greater Boston raised more than $270,000 in contributions at the 2015 Breakthrough Gala. Breakthrough is excited to share that we surpassed the challenge issued by our longstanding partner, the Amelia Peabody Foundati...Continue Reading

2014 Breakthroughs in Education: An Effective Teacher in Every Classroom14-Jan-2015

( A photographic glimpse of the 7th Annual Breakthroughs in Education Guests enjoying a reception sponsored by State Street Corporation. Our spea...Continue Reading

A Commitment to Transparency: Breakthrough Recognized as GuideStar Exchange Gold Participant14-May-2014

Breakthrough Greater Boston is proud to announce its recognition as a Gold Level Participant by GuideStar Exchange (, a certification program that encourages nonprofit organizations' commitment to transparency. The Gold Level cert...Continue Reading

More than $185,000 raised, nearly 300 in attendance at Breakthrough's Spring Gala.25-Apr-2014

Our Spring Gala was an energetic success! In addition to raising more than $185,000 and gathering nearly 300 supporters, we saw several other outstanding outcomes. ( ( -----------------...Continue Reading

2013 Breakthroughs in Education Press Coverage06-Dec-2013

Press coverage of Breakthrough Greater Boston's sixth annual Breakthroughs in Education event featuring Dr. Pedro Noguera: Bay State Banner ( Cambridge Chronicle ( Reading

More than $100,000 Raised and 150 inspired at the sixth annual Breakthroughs in Education05-Dec-2013

On December 5, 2013, Breakthrough Greater Boston hosted the 6th Annual Breakthroughs in Education, an annual lecture series featuring experts working to improve urban education. This year's event, A Vision for Black Boys' Academic Success, featured distinguished speaker, Dr. Pedr...Continue Reading

Breakthrough Bulletin - Fall 201301-Oct-2013

In the Fall 2013 issue of the Bulletin, find updates and information on the following: ( Celebration in Cambridge and Boston High School Internship Spotlilght: Young Broadcaster...Continue Reading

Third Annual Can you Outrun a Nerd? 26-Sep-2013

THIRD ANNUAL CAN YOU OUTRUN A NERD? In collaboration with the research teams at State Street Associates (, we hosted our third annual Can You Outrun a Nerd? fun run at Fresh Pond. There was family entertainment and a...Continue Reading

2013 Celebration Hosted in Boston and Cambridge23-Aug-2013

This year, Breakthrough Greater Boston had twice the reason to celebrate, with summer programs offered in both Cambridge and Boston. Hosted annually to honor the achievements of our students and teachers during their participation in Breakthrough's six-week, academically intensive Sum...Continue Reading

Breakthrough Bulletin - Summer 201301-Jul-2013

In the Summer 2013 issue of the Bulletin, find updates and information on the following: ( Ribbon Cutting Where the class of 2013 will be attending college How competitive i...Continue Reading

Book Drive Happy Hour - 201325-Jun-2013

Hosted by Breakthrough Greater Boston's Associate Board ( and Porter Square Books (, all proceeds from the event supported the purchase of books for Breakthrough's college bound students. Brea...Continue Reading

Springfest '13 Raises $215,000 in Support of BTGB's College Access and Teacher Training Programs24-Apr-2013

MOAKLEY COURTHOUSE | APRIL 24, 2013 THANK YOU to the generous corporate sponsors, hosts, and individuals who made Springfest such a tremendous success. As a community we celebrated Breakthrough's innovative Students Teaching Students mode...Continue Reading

Breakthrough Bulletin - Winter 201327-Mar-2013

In this issue of the Bulletin, find updates and information on the following: ( 2013 Springfest Gala Early college admits New spring electives Boston student recruitment ...Continue Reading

5th Annual Breakthroughs in Education03-Dec-2012

FEATURED SPEAKER: DR. MANDY SAVITZ-ROMER MONDAY DECEMBER 3, 2012 | 6:00-8:00PM HARVARD'S HISTORIC RADCLIFFE GYMNASIUM In collaboration with the national Breakthrough Collaborative (, we were excited to the fifth annual Breakthroughs in Education, a...Continue Reading

Breakthrough Collaborative Awards Breakthrough Greater Boston the Innovation Fund31-Oct-2012

Breakthrough Greater Boston is an affiliate of the national organization, Breakthrough Collaborative ( The Collaborative maintains 33 affiliate sites located across the United States and Hong Kong. This year, Breakthrough Collaborative launche...Continue Reading

Breakthrough Supporters Rise to the Giving Common Challenge10-Oct-2012

Breakthrough Finishes in the Top 10 ( more than 500 participating Boston area organizations, Breakthrough finished 9th, rising as high as 4th throughout the Challenge. Remaining atop the leaderboard for the duration of the challenge ...Continue Reading

Can You Outrun a Nerd?16-Sep-2012

Can You Outrun a Nerd? (2nd Annual) A great success with more than $10,000 raised in support of improving urban education. Thank you! Sunday, September 16, 2012 | Fresh Pond Reservation, Cambridge, MA In collaboration with the research teams at State Street Associates, we offere...Continue Reading

Noah Jefferson Featured in Watertown Patch, Receives First Annual Hodder Fund Award 12-Sep-2012

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2012 Celebration Featured in Cambridge Chronicle30-Aug-2012

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Celebration 201209-Aug-2012

Over 300 Breakthrough students, staff, family and friends gathered at MIT's Kresge Auditorium for the culmination of our Summer Academic Program. Students exhibited their final projects, sharing experiences and knowledge gained from six weeks of classes and internships. Our host for the evening,...Continue Reading

Breakthrough Program and Expansion Featured in Cambridge Day19-Jul-2012

Cambridge Day article features Breakthrough Greater Boston's out-of-school programs as "critical to closing the achievement gap." Read more here ( Reading

20th Anniversary Gala18-Jul-2012

Thank you for your support! The Gala attracted over 500 participants and raised more than $300,000 for Breakthrough! Thursday April 12th, 2012 6pm-9pm The Charles Hotel, Harvard Square, Cambridge On April 12th, 2012, we celebrated our collective 20-year legacy with the people who make Breakthro...Continue Reading

Breakthrough Bulletin - Spring 201209-Jul-2012

In this issue of the Breakthrough Bulletin we introduce Breakthrough Greater Boston, Celebrate 20 years of Breakthroughs, announce the Elizabeth D Hodder Fun and shine a spotlight on our 2012 college acceptances and incoming teachers. Download a copy of the Breakthrough Bulletin (http://www...Continue Reading

Letter from Board Chair and Executive Director on Expansion to Boston18-Jun-2012

Dear Breakthrough Friends, Breakthrough Cambridge has reached a historic milestone and is about to turn an important corner. In summer 2013, Breakthrough will open a new site in Boston! After 20 years of success in Cambridge, Breakthrough has determined we can help change the academic t...Continue Reading

Breakthrough Announces Expansion to Boston's TechBoston Academy12-Apr-2012

Organization changes name to Breakthrough Greater Boston to reflect dual commitment to Cambridge and Boston CAMBRIDGE, APRIL 12, 2012-Breakthrough Greater Boston announces today that, after 20 years of success in Cambridge, the organization, formerly known as Breakthrough Cambridge, will be open...Continue Reading

Celebration 201110-Jan-2012

Celebration 2011 Thursday, August 11 5:30-8pm Cost: free! Location: MIT's Kresge Auditorium located on the main campus at 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge. Festivities include: Reception for visitors and Breakthrough Cambridge sponsors Expo of student projects Perfor...Continue Reading

Middle Schoolers Getting Prepped for College10-Jan-2012

Research has long shown that early intervention during middle school can change the trajectory of a student's academic career and life path. As one of the first organizations to create an early intervention college access model, the Breakthrough Collaborative has confirmed this research with high-im...Continue Reading

Breakthrough Bulletin: Fall 201101-Nov-2011

In this issue of the Breakthrough Bulletin we feature our Summer Celebration, high school internships and STEM, the after school program, teachers letters from the field and provide information about becoming a sponsor for our upcoming 20th anniversary celebration. Download the Breakthrough...Continue Reading

Ronald McDonald House awards $15k to Breakthrough Cambridge01-Nov-2011

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England recently presented a $15,000 grant to Breakthrough Cambridge to help fund their Summer Academic Enrichment Program. This is the fourth RMHC of Eastern New England grant given to Breakthrough Cambridge, totaling $52,000. Elissa Spelman r...Continue Reading

Breakthrough Bulletin: Spring 201101-Aug-2011

In this issue of the Breakthrough Bulletin we discuss our summer program, award winning BTC seniors and the summer reading list. In addition, we talk about a new generation of urban leaders. Finally, save the date for our summer celebration, August 11th. Download the Bulletin (.pdf) (http://www...Continue Reading

Breakthrough Cambridge said to “lead the way” in summer learning01-Aug-2011

To close the achievement gap, educators are focusing on stemming summer learning loss. Cambridge School Committee members suggest in a May 31 column that fun and inspiring summer learning programs combining aspects of camp and school should be mandated for all students. They cite Breakthrough Cambri...Continue Reading

Springfest 201101-Aug-2011

Springfest 2011 When: Thursday April 14th, 2011 6pm-8pm. Where: The Atrium at 100 Technology Square. Springfest 2011 raised over $100,000 for BTC's summer programs and drew more than 200 guests to this annual fundraising event, hosted again by Alexandria Real Estate in the soaring ...Continue Reading

Where do Breakthrough students attend college?20-Jun-2011

Where do Breakthrough students attend college? Anywhere they want! We proudly announce the 2011 BTC College List - college acceptances are listed below (bolded schools represent the universities that BTC students will be matriculating to in the fall). American University Assumption College...Continue Reading

The New York Times Profiles Dr. Ron Fergusen19-Mar-2011

The New York Times Profiles Breakthrough Cambridge Speaker. Dr. Ron Ferguson of Harvard's Achievement Gap Initiative was the subject of a New York Times "On Education" profile on February 13. Citing him as a "national treasure" and "rock star", the article links Dr. Ferguson's personal backgroun...Continue Reading

Breakthroughs In Education - 201002-Dec-2010

December 2, 2010, Cambridge MA – At the annual Breakthroughs in Education event at the Charles Hotel, Breakthrough Cambridge (BTC) drew over 200 attendees to discuss current research on closing the achievement gap. Guest Speaker Dr. Ronald F. Ferguson, Director of the Achievement Gap Initi...Continue Reading

Breakthrough Bulletin: Fall 201015-Oct-2010

In this issue of the Breakthrough Bulletin we talk about the success of our Summer Celebration event, the amazing student-driven HIV/AIDS fundraiser that developed during our summer program. In addition, Breakthrough Cambridge was recently honored to be included in a Root Cause report. Finally, we t...Continue Reading

Breakthrough Cambridge Leads Field For College Access; Research Results From Root Cause22-Sep-2010

Report Identifies 7 Top-Performing Nonprofits in Massachusetts Root Cause, a Cambridge-based nonprofit research and consulting firm, announced today a new report on improving opportunities for at-risk students to attend college, and to succeed once they are enrolled. Breakthrough Cambridge (BTC) ...Continue Reading

Celebration 201001-Aug-2010

Celebration, the culmination of our summer program, was an exciting display of students’ achievements after six intensive weeks of hard work. A poster session featuring work from every student and every class began at 6pm, followed by dynamic live performances and presentations starting a...Continue Reading

Overcoming the Barriers to College05-Mar-2010

Over the past 30 years, college-going has increased for all groups of students – that’s good news. The bad news is that there are still huge gaps in the rates of college attendance between groups of students. Students who would be first in their family to attend college, low-income stude...Continue Reading

Middle Grades: The Fork in the Road to College22-Jan-2010

Did you know that research shows that the level of academic achievement students attain by eighth grade has a significant impact on students’ college and career-readiness? This month’s research brief reviews the research on why the middle grades are such a pivotal time in students’...Continue Reading

Celebration 200913-Aug-2009

The end-of-the-summer Celebration event held at M.I.T.’s Kresge Auditorium on August 13, 2009 was an amazing evening filled with student performances, genuine testimonials, and a wonderful display of student work from this summer at Breakthrough Cambridge....Continue Reading

Factors that support academic success22-Jul-2009

In addition to the rigorous academic content that Breakthrough teachers have been teaching this summer, Breakthrough teachers have also been working hard to get their students excited about learning, instill confidence in their students and help students reimagine their futures. These efforts to mot...Continue Reading

Summer Kickoff - 200930-Jun-2009

On June 30th, 2009, Students, teachers and family members celebrated the start of Summer 2009 with an Ice Cream Party, sponsored by Lizzy’s Homemade Ice Cream....Continue Reading

Springfest 200902-Apr-2009

Breakthrough Cambridge’s annual fundraising event – SPRINGFEST – was held on Thursday, April 2 at the Cambridge Boat House, featuring presentations by students and staff, as well as live entertainment.Springfest was an unqualified success, with nearly 150 people in attendance. ...Continue Reading

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