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This year was another milestone for Breakthrough Houston, full of progress and growth that would not have been possible without your support. It has been my honor to serve as the inaugural Chairman of Breakthrough Houston’s newly formed Board of Directors, and I am continually impressed with the generosity and dedication of our supporters.

This past year Breakthrough Houston (BTH) expanded its horizons to reach more students on more campuses than ever before. With the completion of our first, fully HISD dedicated site, BTH proved to over 500 students that learning and fun can go hand in hand.

In the coming year, we will continue to focus on building out our three campuses, addressing Houston’s growing educational needs. As you read through this overview, please remember the integral part you played in each and every achievement. Every college acceptance letter awarded and each teaching career launched is a tribute to your passion for our teachers and students. We are profoundly grateful for your continued support and partnership in reshaping Houston’s educational landscape.

James Stewart

• Our summer program is now thriving at 3 separate locations in Houston – St. John’s School, KIPP Connect Middle School, and Gregory-Lincoln Education Center K-8 in HISD. • We became an independent 501(c)(3) in January of 2019, separating ourselves from our original host schools of St. John’s School and Episcopal High School. • Our number of students increased from 326 to 550. • Our number of teaching fellows grew from 36 to 80. • Our board’s Strategic Planning Committee formulated a 3 year Strategic Plan to set goals, benchmarks, and action plans through 2023, including: > Adding a College Completion Program committing support to our students through their college years. > Hiring additional staff to reduce our student/staff ratio for more individualized support at the high school level. > Increasing the percent of teaching fellows who match the demographics of our students.

How We Help Students Break Through

Summer Program

School Year Program

College Bound Program

The BTH summer program runs for eight weeks each summer and includes a two-week teacher orientation, six weeks of classroom work for students and teachers, and one week of teacher evaluations and reviews.

BTH 7th and 8th graders meet on 12 Saturday mornings during the school year and focus on English and math classes, tutorials, and life skills.

BTH 9th - 12th graders meet during the school year and participate in activities including ACT prep, career and college counseling, and resume building.

Other highlights include: • All 32 graduating seniors are attending college, including Carleton College, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, Swarthmore College, Trinity University, University of Texas A&M and more. • A successful fundraising luncheon featuring Scott McClelland, President of H-E-B, who stimulated the audience with slides about the current state of education in our city. • Our 4th summer offering summer programs to our high school students, adding a PSAT prep class to the already established ACT prep class for 10th and 11th grade students • 94% of our 9th graders are attending college-preparatory high schools, including Carnegie Vanguard, Challenge Early, DeBakey, Episcopal, KIPP, St. John’s and YES Prep. • Our 9th annual college trip for juniors included trips to San Antonio and San Marcos to visit Trinity University, University of Texas at San Antonio and Texas State University Obviously none of this growth would be possible without your continued and extremely generous support. We are grateful for your belief in our double mission of educating and preparing high-achieving, motivated students from underserved communities for admission to college-preparatory high schools and top-tier colleges while also training the next generation of educators. Our students and young teachers continue to grow because you have believed in their immense potential. Thank you again for your faithful and critical support that has forever changed the lives of so many.

“ It takes just one teacher to see the potential, to reach out a hand of opportunity, and create a Breakthrough. For me, Breakthrough Houston represents a bridge for those children who are committed to working hard and who could soar if given a chance. I am grateful to be a part of this life changing journey. Let’s Break Through!“

D r. Alexandra Simotas Laskaris Breakthrough Houston supporter

Kathy Heinzerling

Breakthrough Houston • 2018-2019 Annual Report 1



65% Latino/Hispanic 20% Black/African American 10% Asian/Asian American 4% Multi Racial/Other 1% White









% of BTH students receive free or reduced priced lunch.

% of BTH students come from HISD.

% of BTH students would be 1st generation college students.

% of BTH students enroll in college prep high schools.

% of BTH students do not speak English at home.

% of class 2019 BTH students were accepted into college.

“ Brad and I were instant supporters of Breakthrough. The kids we serve are eager for adults who believe they’re capable of the things we want for our own children. The summer experience is transformative in how kids dream about their futures and sets them on a path to make those dreams a reality.” Anna Eastman, Texas House of Representatives District 148 Candidate, former District I Trustee, Houston Independent School District and Breakthrough Houston Board Member






% of BTH teaching fellows identify as a person of color.


% of BTH teaching fellows are non-education majors.

% of of teaching fellows are more interested in a career in education because of Breakthrough Houston.


% of BTH teaching fellows are first generation college students.


This year, our number of teaching fellows grew from 36 to 80.

“ K.C. and I support Breakthrough Houston because of the impact its unique double mission has on our students and future educators. It has one of the most respected teacher training programs in the country and provides outstanding academic services for our under-resourced students. In this way, Breakthrough successfully answers Houston’s most critical educational needs with proven programs and an impressive track record.” Randa and K.C. Weiner, Houston Philanthropists and Breakthrough Houston Supporters Breakthrough Houston • 2018-2019 Annual Report 3



Breakthrough Houston could not offer the programs we do without the incredible generosity of our community partners who donate their time, services and goods. Truly, we couldn’t do it without you!

BTH increased the number of students served by 70% with the generosity of our donors. With the growth in students served, BTH managed its expenses under the budgeted amount while maintaining a healthy cash reserve of $1,002,000.

In-Kind Contributors Becks Prime Deutser, Consultants + Creators Anshula and Thomas Greene H-E-B Houston Zoo Karr Limousine Kirkland & Ellis Alexandra Simotas Laskaris Niko Niko’s Greek & American Cafe Phoenicia Specialty Foods Ricoh USA, Inc. Carolyn Sabat Leslie Sasser Joyce K. Soliman Speedy Printing St. John’s School Steak 48 Diane Swan Barbara Wells Trautner Vogel Design & Marketing

Partnerships Amigo de las Americas Barnard College Carnegie Mellon University Colorado Outward Bound School The Experiment Digital The Experiment in International Living Episcopal High School Gregory-Lincoln Education Center Houston Independent School District Houston Museum of Natural Science Houston Zoo KIPP Connect Mi Familia Vota/Youth Advocacy Summit SIXUP St. John’s School Student Conservation Association Texas Outdoor Family The Posse Foundation University of Houston-ADAPT University of Texas at Austin

Community Service Day Avondale House The Beacon Books Between Kids Christian Community Service Center Czech Center Finca Tres Robles Friends of Houston Public Library Houston Botanic Garden Houston Food Bank Loaves & Fishes Magnificat Houses Memorial Park Conservancy Operation Gratitude S.H.A.P.E Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Dominic Village St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Texas Children’s Hospital

Home Stay Families María and Bill Boyce Gisela and Igor Cherches Lisa and Jeff Donahue Carolyn and Chris Dorros Anna and Brad Eastman Kathy Hayward and Matt Woodhouse Chaille Hucheson Meredith and Cary Kottler Christopher Knapp Anne and Vivek Kushwaha Renee Lewis and John Cary Kate and Trevor Pinkerton Leslie and Shannon Sasser Pei Weng Marcella and Dan Watkins Karen Wilkinson

Career Day Sites & College Visits Alley Theatre Armed Services Bellaire Richmond Pet Hospital CYCLE Houston Children’s Museum of Houston Harris County Court of Appeals The Hobby Center for the Performing and Visual Arts Houston Zoo JPMorgan Chase & Co. Morgan & Associates Dental Office Rice University Rinker Materials Stormwater Systems Solutions Texas Heart Institute Texas State University TopSpot Internet Marketing Trinity University University of Texas at San Antonio 90.1 KPFT Radio Station

Role Model Speakers Shon Black, M.D. Mariana Chavez-MacGregor, M.D. Carrie Chu, M.D. The Counted Child Stan Marek Trendi Nguyen Vivian Porche, M.D. Melinda Spaulding Ishwaria Subbiah, M.D. Jody Swain, D.V.M. Volunteers 57 Presenters 30 Mentors 15 Tutors 34 School Year Program volunteer teachers and teaching assistants 21 Student volunteers 23 Parent volunteers

FUNDING SOURCES 63% Foundations 32% Individuals 5% Corporate

EXPENSES 56% Summer Program - 6 Weeks 29% Fundraising & Administrative Costs 8% College Bound Program - Year Round 7% School Year Program -11 Saturdays

“ We value our partnership with Breakthrough Houston because we know our education students will receive in-depth classroom teaching experience and continual feedback from experienced instructional coaches. This collaboration augments our education program by adding carefully structured and well-supervised field-based experience to our students’ university coursework, ensuring our future educators are well prepared to teach in Houston’s diverse public schools.” J ennifer Gigliotti, EdD

Senior Associate Dean for Education and Academic Initiatives, Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, Rice University


It is your support and investment in the work we do that enables great things to happen at Breakthrough Houston. We are deeply grateful for your partnership in our work. Summa Cum Laude $50,000+ M.D. Anderson Foundation Laura and John Arnold Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation Houston Independent School District Foundation The Powell Foundation Randa and K.C. Weiner Magna Cum Laude $25,000-$49,000 Karen Arnold The C.T. Bauer Foundation The Brown Foundation CFP Foundation The Guill Family Foundation The Hamill Foundation Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Vivian L. Smith Foundation Cum Laude $10,000-$24,999 The Clayton Fund, Inc. George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation Kirkland & Ellis LLP Stan Marek Ruthie and Adam Miller Janice and Richard Moore Jeremy Radack Stacy and John Reynolds Silver Eagle Distributors/ Liz Stepanian Bill Stewart Erin and James Stewart, III The Tapeats Fund Dean’s List $5,000-$9,999 Chinhui and Eddie Allen Roxane and Brian Bolster María and Bill Boyce Kate* and Stephen Butler Anne and Albert Chao Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation The Hevrdejs Foundation Willard M. and Ruth Mayer Johnson Jennifer and Chris Laporte Kinder Morgan Foundation Carolyn* and Jake Sabat Susan Sarofim Scurlock Foundation Sarah and Brooks Shughart Janwa and Suhail Sikhtian Sue and Randy Sim Joyce Kao Soliman Alicia and Matthew Summers Susan Vaughan Foundation

Honor Roll $1,000-$4,999 Shonali and Rakesh Agrawal JC and August Al-Uqdah Edwards H. Andrews Foundation Jason Arnoldy BBVA Compass Beauchamp Foundation Liz and Steven Bender Preity and Vijay Bhagia Gisela and Igor Cherches Andrew Delaney Foundation In honor of our trustee, Danny Savitz Carolyn and Chris Dorros Anna and Brad Eastman Episcopal High School ExxonMobil Foundation Marita and JB Fairbanks Tom Friedman In honor of Jason Friedman, Emily Friedman, and Jenni Brown Lacey and Matthew Goossen Annie and Bob Graham Beth Anne and David Gunn Holly and Breen Haire Lorraine and David Hendricks In honor of Agnes Clara Heinzerling Joanna S. Hughes Stacy Humphries Regina and Ronald Jackson Burdine Johnson and Christophe Venghiattis Nina and David Karohl Ann and Tom Kelsey Kelli Kickerillo and Todd Forester Christopher L. Knapp Rachel Kramer Anu Lal Rebecca Luks Kim Monday and Lauren Marangell Janet and Harvin Moore Lauren and Bradley Morgan Emily and Joseph Morrel Fan and Peter Morris Allison O’Neill Amanda Hughes Pickering Maya and Matt Pomroy Nancy Kate and Mark Prescott Sarah and Richard Punches Sayler and Greg Robbins Cristina and Mark C. Rodriguez Leslie and Shannon Sasser Emily and Josh Schaffer* In memory of Charles Burnett Kelley and Jeffrey Scofield Josephine and Richard Smith St. John’s School

Allison and Spencer Stasney Natasha and Paris Theofanidis Alyssa and Mitchell Tiras Jennifer and Neil Wizel Elva J. Johnston Foundation In honor of Traci and John Young Traci and John Young Supporters $500-$999 Nancy Allen Jill and Stirling Bomar Breakthrough Collaborative Carolyn Caplan Louise Carter Cathy Chapman In honor of Paul Chapman Mary S. and Jack Dawson Elisa Donovan Hilary Gallwey Leslie Goldman Kathy and Bill Heinzerling Coble and Jeff Jorgensen Sippi Khurana Rosa Kim and Linus Ho Kristin Landry Alexandra Simotas Laskaris and Aris Papasakellariou Laskaris Kelly S. Mathews Margaret Ann McEver Cara Michael Donald J. Rueckert Jennie Segal* Sonal Shah Adrienne Vanderbloemen Rachael and Jason Volz Meggan Walsh Marcella and Dan Watkins Joe Wheat Friends of Breakthrough $1-$499 Tara Adyanthaya In memory of Joanne Adyanthaya Jodi Altsuler Hollis Amley Deana Anderson Georgina and Thad Armstrong Jenna Atwood Vidya Bala and Dipsu Patel Hirak Basu In honor of Kurchi Basu Kristen and John Berger Jason Bernal Jessica Bertuccio Amita Bhalla Kate Bialas Ira K. Blake Mary Talley and Peter Bowden

Kathy Britton Maury Bronstein In honor of Joseph Morrel Berthinia Brown Sylvia and Adam Burke Ellen Burns Melissa and Jon Byers Laura Chapman Victoria Chen Cockrell Family Fund Priya Coffey Ieesha* and Corey Collins Jean Cormier Lauren Levicki Courville Erin Craig Stephanie Crowl Aisha Crumbine Rick Cruz Deborah and Marc Cunningham Rakhee Das Katie Deal Stacy Debnam Jennifer Dellinger Mary Rebecca Dick Katie Dillon Michelle and Mark Dini Connie Elaine Douglas Bevin Dubrowski In honor of Alicia Summers Margaret Earle Nancy Eisenberg Sherrie Eisenman Julia Engelbrink Christine Falgout-Gutknecht Josephine Firat Stephanie Fleck In honor of Alicia and Matthew Summers Audrey Fussell Fawn Galbraith Alina Garcia Corey Garrett Carol and Fred Gaskin Jennifer Gatto Jennifer Gigliotti Eleanor and Dan Gilbane Mehrnaz Gill Betsy Goldstein Mary Griesedieck Mary Groves Brooke and Jeff Gunst Allison Hamilton Valerie Harris and Walter Kuhl Heather Hatfield Kate and Malcolm Hawk Lauren Toranto Hendin Laura Henry Candice Hicks Laura Hipps Betsy Hirshfeld Kelly and Frank Hogan Kathryn and John Huntsman

David Jernigan* Kathleen and John Kachelmeyer Talia Kallop Mandy Kao Hannah Kayem Diana Khera Kate S. Kirkland In honor of Kathy and Bill Heinzerling, Josephine and Richard Smith, and Mr. and Mrs. James Southwick Victoria Konar Sheela Lahoti Sonia Lahoti Harriet Latimer Denise Lee and Roberto Minervini Elizabeth Lester Peigi Liu Ashley Loeffler Daniela Lopez-Negrete Christine Lott Michelle Lu Consuelo Macpherson Danielle Magdol Sandra Mason Tiffany Masterson Elisabeth McCabe Scottie and Christopher McCord Mary Dawn McEnany Tina Melo Suzanne Mercier Carrie and Ernie Miller Sallie Morian Sheila Neylon Janice and Barclay Nicholson Michelle Nickerson Janet Nuckles Jamie and David Oliver Christina Van Os Cabrina and Steven Owsley Laura and Bill Parker LaDean and David Peck Allison Penrod David Pesikoff In honor of Maria Zerr and Michele Still Michelle Phillips In honor of Nancy Kate Prescott Pledgeling Foundation Sarah and Jarrod Pollock Peyton Popp Alison Powell Mick Pritchett Elisa and Chris Pye Holly Radom Melanie and Daniel Ringold Mindy Rippstein Kathleen Rodriguez Robyn Rosenblatt

Julie Devillier Sanchez Maira dos Santos Anne Schwartz Sarah Beth Seifert Deanna Sheaffer Catherine Smith Denise Smith Douglas Smith Pam Soliman Kyle Stagnaro* Silvia Stix Jenni and Nicholas Swyka Luis Torres Gina Ulbricht Christine and David Underwood Michelle and Rishi Varma Sa Wang and Cynthia Liang Mamie and Jeffery White Anne Whitlock Vicky Wight Karen Wilkinson Geraldina Wise Helen and Philip Wright Gracia Wynne-Duncan In honor of Liz Stepanian Sarah Wynne Kim Yates Caroline Yoon Michelle Young Wendy Yu Maria Zerr *Indicates Summerbridge/ Breakthrough Teacher Alumni Thank You to the following organizations and donor-advised funds for their contributions to Breakthrough Houston: Baird and Co. Incorporated • Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta • Fidelity Charitable • Goldman Sachs Gives Annual Giving Fund • Greater Houston Community Foundation • Houston Endowment • Legacy Trust • National Christian Foundation Houston • Schwab Charitable • Vanguard Charitable. A Special Thanks goes to Gregory-Lincoln Education Center • KIPP Connect • St. John's School for generously lending the use of their facilities.

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