Our Partners

Over its 25-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
  • City of Boston / Boston Public Schools
  • City of Somerville / Somerville 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 25 Breakthrough sites.

Cambridge Public School District

Breakthrough Greater Boston has a deep, multi-faceted 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 serves on the Breakthrough Greater Boston Board of Directors.

Boston Public School District

After two decades of success at our original Cambridge site, Breakthrough Greater Boston embarked upon a significant program expansion and opened a second site in Dorchester in the summer of 2013. BTGB’s Boston expansion will continue through 2018, upon which BTGB will offer six years of comprehensive programming at both its Cambridge and Dorchester Campuses.  BTGB’s Boston campus serves students from four partner schools in Boston: TechBoston Academy, Neighborhood House Charter School, Codman Academy and New Mission High School.  TechBoston Academy serves as the host school and provides in-kind office and program space. TechBoston Academy co-headmasters Keith Love and Nora Vernazza serve on the Breakthrough Greater Boston Board of Directors.

Somerville Public School District

In 2017, Somerville Public Schools approached BTGB to partner in opening a third site serving the entire district of Somerville. The third site will enable us to enroll our inaugural class of rising 7th grade students in 2018 and add a new class each year, until BTGB offers six years of comprehensive programming to students in three cities.

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, Northeastern University, Tufts University, UMass Boston, and Wheelock College.

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
  • Northeastern 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 Massachusetts Boston
  • 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
  • Wheelock College
  • Yale University

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