Our Partners

Over its 20 year history, Breakthrough Greater Boston has developed numerous partners who are integral to the success of the mission. We most commonly collaborate with:

  • Breakthrough Collaborative
  • City of Cambridge / Cambridge Public Schools
  • Referral Partners
  • Institutions of Higher Education

Breakthrough Collaborative

Breakthrough Greater Boston is an affiliate of the Breakthrough Collaborative, a national non-profit organization committed to increasing educational opportunity for high-potential, low-income middle school students and inspiring outstanding high school and college students to pursue careers in education. The Breakthrough Collaborative was founded in 1978, and now serves more than 6,000 students nationwide, and trains 700 teachers in 33 Breakthrough sites.

Cambridge Public School District

Breakthrough Greater Boston has a deep, multi-facteted partnership with the Cambridge Public School (CPS) District that dates back to BTGB’s founding. Demonstrating its support for Breakthrough Greater Boston, CPS provides significant funding for the program, as well as in-kind office and program space. All students admitted into Breakthrough Greater Boston are public school students in Cambridge. BTGB staff develop ongoing relationships with district teachers and administrators to ensure effective program implementation and student services. Deputy Superintendent Dr. Carolyn Turk and Cambridge Rindge and Latin Principal, Chris Saheed, serve on the Breakthrough Greater Boston Board of Directors.


BTGB Board Chair Lissa Hodder, BTGB Executive Director, Elissa Spelman and CPSD Superintendent, Jeff Young

Referral Partners

Strong relationships exist between BTGB and a number of academic and scholarship programs, enabling us to regularly refer our students for worthwhile opportunities. Such referral partners include:

Institutions of Higher Education

Breakthrough Greater Boston benefits greatly from the involvement of numerous colleges and universities nationwide. Many universities locally have supported BTGB’s work through programmatic collaboration, board membership, housing summer teachers, hosting events, as well as financial and in-kind donations. Key institutional partners include: Bentley University, Harvard University, Lesley College, MIT, and Tufts University.

Colleges across the country, including those below, have aided in recruiting their students to teach at Breakthrough for what Princeton Review has named a "Top Ten Internship."

  • Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
  • Boston College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brown University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Colgate University
  • College of New Jersey
  • Dartmouth
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Keene State College
  • Kenyon College
  • Harvard University
  • Lesley University
  • MIT University
  • Morehouse College
  • Morgan State University
  • Norte Dame
  • North Carolina State University
  • Occidental University
  • Pennsylvania State
  • Pomona College
  • Scripps College
  • Spelman College
  • Stanford University
  • Suffolk University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Tufts University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Kwazulu-Natal-Howard College
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • University of Texas Austin
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Wellesley
  • Wesleyan
  • Wheaton College
  • Yale University

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