Breakthrough Silicon Valley is a high impact organization that touches the lives of college bound children at a crucial inflection point of their growth and development. The challenges that many children in the public from homes where there are no parents with advanced degrees compared to their peers that have the benefit of parents that are at a minimum college educated are steep. Breakthrough provides children that have the willingness and desire resources and support to make help them achieve their goals.
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.
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.
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.
Breakthrough Silicon Valley is a powerful experience for students, teachers, and instructional coaches alike. For their annual summer school program, BSV teaches high school and college students how to be educators, and then helps them offer a rich, engaging curriculum to middle school students. I was amazed at how committed all BSV staff and volunteers were to their work -- it is truly an incredible community!
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!
Breakthrough is committed to helping kids succeed. The children in the program and staff are smart and motivated and a pleasure to work with.
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.
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.
I have donated to Breakthrough SV, have interacted with the kids they mentor and have experienced the passion that they inspire in the students they work with. I have also directly seen the impact they can have through one of my daughter's friends who will be the first in her family to attend college after working with Breakthrough SV. It is a well run organization with a noble mission and a dedicated staff.
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!
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.
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!
I worked as a Teaching Fellow at Breakthrough Silicon Valley in the summer of 2015. All the staff here, from my Instructional Coach, to the staff and board members were extremely friendly and supportive. All the staff are heavily invested in both the students' growth as well as the teachers' growth. My co-workers, the other teaching fellows, were amazing; everyone was super driven to teach their students, and inspired me to even greater heights. The students here are some of the most inspiring people I've ever had the honor to teach. Despite their circumstances, their tenaciousness to succeed is phenomenal. I would highly recommend Breakthrough Silicon Valley to everyone. It has contributed to my growth as a person greatly.
Breakthrough Silicon Valley is an impeccable organization overall. As a summer teacher, Breakthrough gave me the skills that I needed to be a teacher in the future. I was able to actually teach and mentor kids, which was an incredible opportunity for me as that is my intended career path. Before working with Breakthrough, I could 100% back up BSV's mission. After working with Breakthrough, I too am united in their mission to help the academically motivated kids to make it to college. I could not have imagined my summer (or current school year working with BSV) doing anything else, because the skills and experiences I gained from Breakthrough are invaluable. They are an incredible nonprofit!
I am a former writing teacher for Breakthrough Silicon Valley. I will always remember the rewarding experiences I had while working towards a goal that is so meaningful to me: educational equality. This program helped me understand the importance of education and helped me appreciate the opportunities that I have. More than that, it inspired me. As a senior in high school, I now know that what I want to do in this world will be directed at helping others in unfortunate economic situations, specifically in the realm of education policy.
I have been involved with Breakthrough Silicon Valley for 3 years as a volunteer. I have met many Breakthrough students and I've heard their stories. I love this organization because it not only provides them with the academic support to succeed in high school and the college application process., it also gives them skills and confidence to succeed in college. Many of these students have challenging "home" environments where not everyone around them places a high value on education, and many of them need help building a strong support system needed for success. Breakthrough has an outstanding and incredibly committed staff. It's been a privilege working with and contributing to this organization.
Breakthrough SV does a fantastic job preparing low-income, high-potential kids for college. The staff is extremely dedicated, professional, and lean; this is absolutely a top nonprofit.
Breakthrough is a nonprofit with inspiring young people and a tremendously talented staff. Since moving to California from Denver, I have been blown away by the amount of time, energy and strategy that is put into this program. The students who are a part of Breakthrough truly leave changed, inspired and well-educated. This organization is life-changing for young people who wouldn't otherwise graduate high school, let alone go on to a 4-year university.