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The World


ME to be

Successful Earlier this spring,

Breakthrough New York launched a public service campaign to heighten awareness of the life-changing experiences being created by our non-profit. Narrated by Tony Award-winner Lillias White, the video spots aired in New York City movie theaters and highlighted the experience of 8th grader Brandon P.

Because I need your help. I am the world and I need you to be successful.” The heart of the campaign was the heart of our program – to elevate the promise of students who have the smarts but don't always have the support they need to succeed.

Brandon NEEDS The World

to be Successful

I had to change schools three times, leaving because of bullying, lack of support from teachers, and feeling like I wasn’t being pushed to my potential.

I remember coming to Breakthrough’s Interview Day, feeling unsure about whether this was something I wanted to do. There was so much competition. The stakes were really high. We participated in a group activity that made me realize this was about being part of something bigger, building on the ideas of others. It made me feel this was a place where I could finally fit in. I work so much harder now than other kids at my school. At Breakthrough, I’ve learned that even the setbacks I’ve faced are preparing me for my future. It’s not easy, but I know it will pay off.”

Brandon P., 13, 8th Grade St. Marks School, Brooklyn

Celebrating Achievement:

Raising Funds, Lifting Dreams

On April 18th, Breakthrough New York held its first gala at Capitale on the Lower East Side to celebrate 14 years of growth and achievement. It was a night to test our smarts in a trivia competition, Are You Smarter Than a Breakthrough Student?, and a chance for guests to mingle with our exceptional students and learn first-hand how Breakthrough New York is creating experiences of a lifetime. We congratulate the night’s honorees, Chair Emeritus Ted Federici and Breakthrough Founder Sam Marks.

We raised $261,000 at the event, which could not have been possible without the hard work of Board Chair Liz Sherman, and her husband David, Board Members and Event Co-Chairs Bonnie Litt and Andrew Marks. We are grateful to our corporate sponsors: Deloitte & Touche LLP; Deutsche Bank; Metropolitan Real Estate Equity Management LLC; PwC; Stroock & Stroock & Lavan; Sullivan and Cromwell LLP; and, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Door LLP.

“I need you Brandon. I need you to rise above your limitations,” White said in the spots.”I need you to be brave and to be humble. I need your brilliance, your heart and your vision. I need you to put your potential first. Even though you have to give up some things. I need you to believe. I need your courage and your determination.

The Class of 2019 reflects the diversity of our city. 1% Caucasian 3% Middle Eastern 6% South Asian


African American

Our record of success continues for our current students: 100% of our 8th graders are going to top-tier college prep high schools and 100% of our seniors have been admitted to at least one 4-year college in the U.S. Congratulations to our 8th graders who already are enrolled in these schools this fall! The Beacon School

- Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics - Brooklyn College Academy - Brook-

lyn Latin School - Calhoun School - Cathedral High School - Collegiate Institute for Math and Science Columbia Secondary School - Friends Seminary - High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School - Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics


Race / Ethnicity


- Marble Hill School for International Studies - Medgar Evers Prep - Millennium High School - Nest + m - Northfield Mount Hermon - New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies - The Stony Brook School

We are thrilled to welcome two new faces to the Breakthrough New York family this year. Dan Atkinson joined Breakthrough New York as our High School Director in February. Dan graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Psychology in 2006, after which he spent four years managing, designing and implementing youth treatment programming at Boys Town.

- Young Women’s Leadership - Brooklyn

Kudos to our high school seniors as they head to these colleges this fall:




Hispanic / Latino

East Asian

96% 84%


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on free/reduced lunch will be the first in their family to attend a 4-year college in the U.S.


Bard College - Baruch College - Bates College - Brown University - City College - Duke University -

different languages spoken


Average annual household per-person income is

are English Language Learners


34% live 91% in single parent households

report card grade

Fashion Institute of Technology - George Washington University - Goucher College - Lehigh University - Roanoke College - Rollins College - SUNY Geneseo - SUNY Oswego - York College

Summer is a Time for School The new class of Breakthrough New York students starts our summer program the day after the public school year ends in June. They aren’t the only ones clamoring to spend their summer in school. This winter, we received applications from 650 college students vying for one of 40 spots in our Princeton Review-recommended teacher internship program.

Anita Rastoder joined Breakthrough New York in April 2013 as the Development and Operations Associate. Prior to joining BTNY, she was the Administrative Manager at The Catalog for Giving of NYC. Anita is the first in her family to graduate from college. She received her under graduate degree from Hunter College, double majoring in Sociology and Political Science. In 2012, she earned her master’s degree in Public Management from Bernard M. Baruch School of

For six weeks, these college students will help Breakthrough kids improve mastery in core curriculum subjects like math, science, writing and literature. Teacher Interns hail from across the country: Boston College - Brown University - Bryn Mawr College - Bucknell University - Colby College Cornell University - Columbia University - Dartmouth College - Duke University - Hamilton College - Hampton University - Harvard University - Haverford College - Macalester College - McGill University Michigan University - Middlebury College - Morehouse College - Pomona College - Reed University - Spelman College - University of Albany - University of Cincinnati - University of North Carolina - University of Rochester - University of Texas - Wesleyan University - Yale University

New York the world needs us to be successful

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