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Review for Breakthrough Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am impressed with BSV. It has a very broad view of what students from limited opportunity backgrounds need to help them attend reputable four year colleges. They are very empirical. They evaluate the effectiveness of what they do and are ready to change when the outcomes are not as strong as they desire. Evaluation is undertaken at relatively frequent intervals, so they know what is working.
Additionally, BSV is the most cost effective foundation that I have ever worked with. Relatively small amounts of money go a long way. Not surprisingly, BSV is a very effective organization that delivers what they promise. More than 95
% of students who stay with the program for six years are indeed accepted into four year colleges.

Role:  Board Member

Review for Breakthrough Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA, USA

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).

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.

Role:  Board Member & I undertake a careful assessment of the results of BSV by conducting surveys before and after each summer session. I also serve on the Board.