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NewYork the world needs us to be successful Photos by: Michael Chiabaudo and Sai Mohktari

My Breakthrough years were the most influential in shaping my life as a person and as a teacher.

We did it! As we near our 15th year, Breakthrough New York successfully launched a new program in Brooklyn and doubled our number of motivated 7th graders on the pathway to college. This Breakthrough New York Review for 2012 provides clear evidence that our high achieving students are overcoming financial obstacles and succeeding with our six-year, tuition-free college access program. Of equal significance is that sizeable numbers of our teacher interns are electing to pursue careers in teaching. 100% of our students attended college-preparatory high schools. 100% of our seniors were accepted into college, 94% of which were four-year colleges. 75% of our eligible graduating teacher alumni have gone on to pursue careers in education. These successes speak volumes about the enrichment services performed in the classrooms, support from Breakthrough New York’s Board of Directors, and the value of contributions that fuel our passion.

Here it is cool to be smart.

Breakthrough will help me to be the first in my family to go to college.

Founded in 1999, Breakthrough New York initially enrolled students who lived primarily in East Harlem. Its reach has since expanded to all corners of the city, and in 2012, Breakthrough New York unveiled its Brooklyn program. We are now the only organization of our kind based in Brooklyn.

support will enable them to break through to success.

In the last year and a half, we attracted additional staff to strengthen our infrastructure. We began discussions to partner with another educational institution to expand further next year. We also witnessed an unprecedented number of teacher intern applications – more than 550 for 32 slots.

With gratitude,

To further amplify our achievements and vision, we are embarking on a new marketing and communications campaign that stresses the importance of rigorous academic enrichment starting in middle school to prepare our students to be successful. As we look toward 2013 and our 15th anniversary, we are charting a course to greater success. Why is this important? We strongly believe there is untapped potential and talent in low-income students and that our

So while we have just completed a successful period, we won’t rest on our laurels. Stay tuned for even greater accomplishments on the horizon.

Rhea Wong, Executive Director

Ted Federici, Board Chair Emeritus

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