Breakthrough Silicon Valley

Rating: 4.79 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 1635 Park Avenue San Jose CA 95126 USA

Mission: Breakthrough Silicon Valley prepares motivated middle school students with limited educational opportunities for success in college preparatory high school programs and entry into four-year colleges. BSV also prepares outstanding college and high school students to enter careers in education.

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a wonderful non-profit both to work for and for the kids who are served. No program I know of makes a greater attempt to curb the education inequities in this country.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Rating: 5 stars  

This is my 20th year in education serving as a non-profit administrator, a teacher or a consultant. Breakthrough gave me my start as a teacher all those years ago. It honors the skill, commitment, will, and passion of high school and college undergraduates to teach students. Many programs use the older students as assistants but Breakthrough understands the value of relationships in academics.
On the student side, it is the best program that I have experience with that positively changes the lives of young people. It gives them a sense of themselves as future high school and college students. It deepens their belief in their own dreams and the commitment of their families in them.
It is a special program that anyone interested in schools and children should investigate. There should be no question that Breakthrough is worth your investment.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

person as a teacher, a site director, a mentor teacher and a volunteer.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

work to diversify the student-aged teaching staff to racially and culturally match the student population. It would require that individuals invest in the program and that the program have the finances to recruit such a staff. Your investment can make that happen.

Rating: 5 stars  

I attended BSV's summer Visitor's Day, and was VERY impressed with the design and implementation of their program. The students and the teachers were all engaged and enthusiastic, and the testimonials were moving. A special bonus was hearing the founder, Lois Loofbourrow, speak about the history and results of the Breakthrough Collaborative. She gave me goosebumps!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

hearing the students and teachers speak about how Breakthrough changed their lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't make any changes.

Rating: 5 stars  

I have taught with Breakthrough the past three years and have seen first-hand how it changes the lives of both the middle school students and the high school and college teachers.

I am currently working toward my elementary teaching credential, and am so thankful for the first-hand experience I gained at BSV. I certainly learned more there than I have in any class!

BSV is everything a non-profit should be. The leaders truly care about the students and teachers and work relentlessly for the cause. They use the resources they have available to make a meaningful and visual impact on the populations they serve. They are introspective, and, consequentially, BSV is continuously changing and improving.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

preparing and motivating me to become a lifelong teacher.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hire more administrators and full-time employees.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Rating: 5 stars  

Breakthrough Silicon Valley is impressive in the breadth and depth of support they provide for students across 5 or 6 years of high school. The enormous array of educational and academic services provided to students has real results -- most of the students indeed get accepted at colleges (and in almost all instances are the first of their family to do so).

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The results are solid and real. Students apply to college, are accepted at colleges (many at good 4-year colleges) and actually enroll in colleges.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

open more programs and offer the services to more motivated students.

Rating: 5 stars  

The Breakthrough students' achievements are stunning, and their graduation rate amazing. We spent part of a day attending some of the classes and saw for ourselves the innovative small classrooms and clever teaching ideas. Their financial management is sound and rational, and they deserve a closer look by all possible funders.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...watching their excellent graduation rates over the last 2-3 years.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...give them more money (someone else's hopefully).

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Their focus on programs for girls and not just unisex programs.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

They need it!

What would you tell others about this organization?

Come see for yourselves how well Breakthrough students are doing.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I commend Breakthrough's innovative, positive approach at offering support to children with high academic ability and readiness to engage in higher education. A program such as this is helpful and appealing to students with an intellectual appreciation for learning beyond the normal spectrum of California standards.
It is exciting to see such dedication in the educators that have bestowed their time to helping the young people of Silicon Valley to thrive and to meet their true potential.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Reading about their results

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope that more corporations contribute to this worthy cause.

Rating: 4 stars  

Looking forward to more events with BREAKTHROUGH. They're highly organized, positive, and serve a great cause. Wish they were around when I was growing up, to learn about the variety of opportunities that lay before us when we're young.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Receiving a letter from students who've benefitted.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

N/A

Rating: 5 stars  

Breakthrough has inspired young girls in middle and high school stay focused on education and build confidence. Their work has greatly benefited San Jose schools and will be valuable to be adopted in other school districts

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When I saw young girls who had been through the program and had gained confidence as they reached High school

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add a holistic development component to help young girls cope up with stress, pressures from school, peer group etc.

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with the Breakthrough Collaborative since 1994 and am incredibly honored to be a part of BSV. This is a life-changing organization for young, ambitious students who are determined to go to college but may have obstacles or limited educational opportunities. Also, Breakthrough inspired college students to pursue teaching as a career. Many BSV teachers go on to serve in Teach for America and most pursue careers in education. I am impressed with the leadership of the staff and with the commitment to results -- highly prepared, college bound students.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

knowing both students and teachers who have had transformational life experiences having participated in BSV.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add several sites around the Silicon Valley.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

I have working in the Breakthrough Collaborative in the past.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Enhancing the educational experiences of its students and paving the path to college for each of them.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Ensuring more motivated students from the SV public schools have access to a college education. And increasing the pool of quality teachers in the Valley and beyond.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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