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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 (http://www.guidestar.org/rxg/update-nonprofit-report/index.aspx), 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. (http://youtu.be/WklXgHARy30) (https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/BreakthroughGreaterBoston) -----------------...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 (http://baystatebanner.com/photos/2013/dec/11/52669/) Cambridge Chronicle (http://www.wickedlocal.com/cambridge/news/x919117777/Event-raises-100K-for-...Continue 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: (http://www.breakthroughcambridge.org/documents/Breakthrough%20Bulletin/BT%20Bulletin_Fall%2713_v5_WEB.pdf)Summer 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 (http://www.statestreetglobalmarkets.com/wps/portal/internet/ssgm/home), 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: (http://www.breakthroughcambridge.org/documents/Breakthrough%20Bulletin/BT%20Bulletin_Summer%2713_v4_web.pdf)Boston 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 (http://www.breakthroughcambridge.org/associate-board) and Porter Square Books (http://www.portersquarebooks.com/), 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: (http://www.breakthroughcambridge.org/documents/Breakthrough%20Bulletin/BT%20Bulletin%20Winter%2713%20-%20web.pdf) 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 (http://www.breakthroughcollaborative.org/), 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 (http://www.breakthroughcollaborative.org/). 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 (https://givingcommon.s3.amazonaws.com/leaderboard.html)Among 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

(http://watertown.patch.com/articles/watertown-teacher-wins-award-for-dedication-to-preparing-underserved-students-for-college) (Click story for full article...) ...Continue Reading

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 (http://www.cambridgeday.com/2012/07/13/for-breakthrough-education-program-summers-no-break/)....Continue 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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