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Causes: Education, Educational Services

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.

Results: •100% of our high school students take high level college prep courses including APs 88% of our high school students maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher 100% of our students attend college and 96% of them are attending four-year universities. 98% of our alumni that participated in our program from grades 7-12 are thriving in college! Colleges Attending: Brandeis University Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Georgetown University Gonzaga University Macalester College San Jose State University Santa Clara University Stanford University UC Berkeley UC Irvine UC Riverside UC Santa Cruz University of Pennsylvania

Target demographics: Breakthrough students are hard working, motivated, and have hopes for their futures. However, they are also confronting obstacles that challenge their college dreams.• 86% will be first in family to attend college• 70% receive free or reduced lunch• 92% are students of color• 73% live in gang-impacted neighborhoodsOur 45 teaching interns are high achieving students, many from similar backgrounds as our students. They serve not only as teachers, but also as powerful role-models for the middle schoolers.• 72% are students of color• 20% are Breakthrough student alumni• 3.5 is their average GPA at top schools such as Bellarmine College Preparatory, Leland High School, Cornell, Stanford, Brown, and UC Berkeley.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 400 students and more than 60 high school- and college-aged teaching fellows.

Geographic areas served: the Bay Area's Silicon Valley

Programs: Middle School Program: Middle school students participate in three six-week academic summer sessions (after 6th, 7th, and 8th grade) studying Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Writing, Literature, and academic electives in classrooms of no more than eight students. The summer also features field trips, career development events, and enrichment classes in art, sports, and music. During the school year students meet twice per week in our Math-based After School Program designed to address math skill gaps and prepare them for Geometry by the 9th grade. All the teaching is done by high achieving high school and college students who under the training and guidance of professional, experienced teachers learn how to teach. In addition, BSV advises and assists all 8th grade parents and students as they select and/or apply to the most competitive and best suited college preparatory high schools in the area. College Bound High School Program: Once in high school we continue to work with the students to ensure that they remain on a college prep track and enroll in four-year colleges. Students participate in monthly college readiness workshops, a two-year financial literacy course, an ACT prep course, and college tours. In addition, students receive semester grade monitoring and tutoring if needed, academic advising and course selection for the following school year, advising on summer opportunities and internships, and laptops if needed. During the junior and senior years there is intensive college and financial aid counseling. Teaching Internships: To fulfill the second half of BSV’s mission, we provide 40 teaching internships. After school teaching is a 75-hour internship while the summer teaching is a 300-hour internship. Under the support and guidance of professional, experienced teachers, our young teachers learn how to write lesson plans, manage classrooms, develop curriculum and teach. It is a hands-on teaching internship that has been rated by The Princeton Review as one of the top 10 internships in the USA!

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

While I was volunteering as a tutor for Breakthrough Silicon Valley, I had the opportunity to teach math to two different students. Breakthrough did a great job pairing me with students - they made sure I was comfortable with the material and that the student was motivated and eager to learn. The staff was also extremely responsive and treated me like a member of their team. They tried their best to work with my schedule - for example, I was in high school at the time, and they offered to give me finals week off. They also made sure the student was keeping up with the material and helped him or her think about what topics they want to focus on during the tutoring session. Breakthrough is doing a great job, and I think they really make a difference.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Breakthrough is amazing; they're so dedicated to their students' growth and success and it shows in everything that they do. The kids are engaged, their programs are organized and well-run, and the staff is exceptional.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Breakthrough is an inspiring organization that teaches students to rise above their circumstance so that they can accomplish what they put their mind to. As a student and teacher in the program, it has changed my life forever.

Vyoma P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was definitely the best organization that I volunteered at for 2 years in high school. I wish I could have found it earlier. Dora Breyer at the SAN JOSE site is AMAZING!!! She is super nice, easy to talk to, and very accommodating. The students there are also super dedicated and you really do get to form a bond with them over time. Definitely WORTH IT!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Breakthrough is committed to helping kids succeed. The children in the program and staff are smart and motivated and a pleasure to work with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I tutored AP Statistics to a High school senior through Breakthrough Silicon Valley and was thoroughly impressed by the commitment the staff had to ensuring the students were taken care of both academically and emotionally.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Breakthrough Silicon Valley is an amazing institution that truly fosters a sense of achievement and family within its community. As a volunteer, I see the impact it makes on my students as well as the impact it has made on me. The students are so motivated to learn and Breakthrough helps them reach their maximum potential to pursue their dreams. As for the volunteers, the experience is extremely rewarding, and the bonds formed with the students go beyond just academics. Breakthrough Silicon Valley is truly a miracle and I recommend it to anybody planning on getting involved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as an after school math tutor at Breakthrough, and I was so touched by the genuine nature of all of the Breakthrough staff and students. The Breakthrough staff were incredibly enthusiastic and dedicated, and they inspired me to be the same! This organization has made such a profound impact on the lives of innumerable students, and will continue to do so in the future!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with this nonprofit has been an amazing one. I have met kids that are extremely intelligent and motivated to learn. During my time with this nonprofit I have learned how to speak publicly and how to be more assertive.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently working as a math coach at breakthrough Silicon Valley. So far, breakthrough has been extremely organized, and all of their staff extremely nice. Their tutoring focused on problem solving which will serve the highly motivated students well into their future. Overall, I think they have done an excellent job of cultivating a positive and highly stimulating learning environment, while being extremely helpful and kind!