Breakthrough Kicks Off College Access Program With Chromebook DonationPublished: 28-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 their College Access Program in Cambridge. The College Access Program is the capstone of a Breakthrough Greater Boston student’s journey to college. The program provides hands-on assistance to guide students through the process of applying to, and enrolling in, a four-year college or university. 11th grade students will begin their journey and receive their own personal Chromebook computer provided through a generous donation from Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots. Kraft made a donation to the organization in 2014 to help ensure that every student has access to the technology they need to effectively tackle the complex college application process and 2016 marks the third class to benefit from this donation. Through Robert Kraft’s support, Breakthrough can now give each of their 11th grade students (75% of whom are first generation college students) a personal Chromebook to use for their college search and application process.
“I am proud to ensure that every student in Breakthrough’s program has access to the technology they need to successfully apply to college,” said Robert K. Kraft, Chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group and New England Patriots. “Not having a computer should not be the barrier standing between students and their dream of a four-year college.”
Students and families will also hear directly from Breakthrough’s High School Program staff members, who work with each student, family, and high school guidance counselor to provide individualized oversight and advocacy as students navigate the college application process. Each student will be assigned a College Access Coach who will work one-on-one to assist in researching schools and creating a college list, arranging college visits, completing college application forms, financial aid advising, and writing and revising admissions essays.
“Access to technology has become a critical component to student success. As a result of the expense that comes with individualized computing access, underserved students are being left behind,” said Elissa Spelman, Executive Director of Breakthrough Greater Boston. “The combination of access to technology and high-quality, individualized supports helps ensure that each student has what they need to successfully navigate the college application process.”