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Breakthrough Providence Year in Review, 2011-2012


Breakthrough Providence has a dual mission: to create a pathway to college for low-income, academically motivated middle school students in Providence Public Schools, and to encourage talented high school and college students to pursue careers in education.

216 Hope Street Providence, RI 02906 (401) 528-2127 http://www.wheelerschool.org/breakthroughprovidence


“Breakthrough Providence means everything to me. It means having the chance to inspire middle school students to reach their goals and never give up. It means being able to act silly and not care what others think. Most of all, Breakthrough taught me that learning can be fun.” Ashley Robideau Breakthrough Student ’06 Breakthrough Teacher ’08 ’09 ’11


8th Grade Class of 2012 Student Name Jelsy Alvarez Hyedia Aponte Leesandra Arias Vanessa Ayala Alyjah Benton Yusuf Berry Gbatoh Browne Jaydin Capo Johanny Castillo Angie Descollines Angel Gabriel John Gabriel Devin Greene Kaleel Harley Jon Henry Jayse Hernandez Emily Lima Daniel Louis Darren Metts Lovetee Monjloh Sherley Montes Melissa Morales Kendra Paz Brian Penafiel Brianna Polanco Jennifer Quenes Nicolyz Rodriguez Michelle Sanchez Ivania Sarit Carolie Stanton Salina Tong Natasha Urbaez Aria Whelan Makari Wilcox Kenneth Yeboah

High School Enrollment Mount Pleasant High School TIMES2 Academy Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts Classical High School Classical High School 40% Classical HS Classical High School Classical High School E-Cubed Academy 31% open enrollment Paul Cuffee High School public schools Classical High School Trinity Academy for the 20% public charter Performing Arts schools Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts Bishop Hendricken High 6% parochial School schools St. Raphael Academy Classical High School 3% independent Paul Cuffee High School schools Classical High School Classical High School Classical High School The Juanita Sanchez Complex Central High School Johnston Senior High School Mount Pleasant High School Classical High School Classical High School Hope High School Classical High School Classical High School The Juanita Sanchez Complex The Met School Classical High School E-Cubed Academy The Lincoln School Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School E-Cubed Academy


Quick Facts about our students 84 7th and 8th grade students participated in our programs

Eighth grade students test their knowledge at the Math Carnival.

375 hours of academic enrichment and leadership development programming were provided to students beyond the school day 93% average daily attendance during the Summer Program 80% average daily attendance during the School Year Program 83% of the 6th grade students that started the program in 2010 completed the twoyear program in 2012* * 5 students withdrew from the program, and 2 students were dismissed.

Ivania Sarit and Angie Descollines experiment with engineering at the monthly Saturday Program.

Student Demographics 59% female 41% male 45% 32% 17% 4% 2%

Latino or Hispanic African/African American Multiracial White Asian/Asian American

95% eligible for free or reduced lunch 85% first generation in family to attend a 4-year college Wheeler School students who served as tutors during the 2011-2012 School Year Program.


High School Class of 2012 Breakthrough Class of 2008 Student Name Charlotte Abotsi Robinson Adames Rasheed Akinfolarin Yewande Akinkuowo Ariel Almeida Gary Bencosme Wilford Bent-Ellis Larissa Borges Marklyn Brown Andrea Carmona Bethzalie Carpio Khadijah Cassell Johneric Cedeno Marlie Chatelain Julia Franco Iasia Gadson Dominic Gomes Diego Gomez Rexshell Hoff Wilsander Jimenez Elizabeth Lapsey Alex-Andrea Love-Fields Shakur Manning Henry Montes Kevin Morales Katja Neves Anthony Paris Javellys Polanco Kendre Rodriguez VeraLucia St. Cyr Lavhana Towns Manuela Vadis

College Enrollment Rhode Island College Northeastern University Rhode Island College University of Rhode Island Community College of Rhode Island Community College of Rhode Island Community College of Rhode Island did not enter college Community College of Rhode Island University of Rhode Island University of Rhode Island unknown University of Massachusetts Lowell St. John's University Community College of Rhode Island unknown Community College of Rhode Island Community College of Rhode Island University of Rhode Island Community College of Rhode Island Rhode Island College Community College of Rhode Island University of Rhode Island Community College of Rhode Island did not enter college University of Rhode Island Johnson & Wales University University of Pennsylvania University of New Hampshire unknown Endicott College University of Rhode Island

97% of 2008 Breakthrough graduates graduated from high school in 2012. 93% are enrolled in a 2 yr. or 4 yr. college.


“Breakthrough isn’t like regular school, where the teacher writes stuff on the board, and you just sit there. It’s students teaching students, so you feel more connected to your teachers. They’re near your age, so they understand you. If you have a problem, you can talk to them.” Gabriela Pineda Breakthrough Student ’11 Student, Classical High School

Members of the SB Class of 2007 at Classical High School.

Breakthrough Providence teacher Zoe Foulkes guides Family 3 students (Sixto Taveras, Audreys Rosario, and Kelly Morel) through a hands-on math activity.


Breakthrough Faculty and Staff 2011-2012 Teachers & Tutors Oluwaseun Animashaun, Harvard University Dominique Bannerman, Tufts University Christiana Bardsley, Bryant University Felix Batista, Brandeis University David Bonomo, Brown University Rye Carroll, The Wheeler School Patrick Catalano, College of New Jersey Daniel Chang, Brown University Gregory Clancy, The Wheeler School Valencia DeSantos, The Wheeler School Alana Falco, The Wheeler School Nicola Fleischer, Brown University Zoe Foulkes, The Wheeler School Benjamin Freeman, Brown University Kathryn Goddard, Brown University Cybele Greenberg, The Wheeler School Rebecca Greenberg, The Wheeler School Francis Guerrero, Community College of RI (A) Stephanie Gyamfi-Darkwah, RI College (A) Emory Harkins, Classical High School Katie Hegarty, The Wheeler School Nathan Housberg, The Wheeler School Philip Huerta, University of Rhode Island Jack Hughes, The Wheeler School Margaret Hughes, The Wheeler School Julia Jacobson, The Wheeler School Wilsander Jimenez, Classical High School (A) Christine Joyce, Brown University Lilian Kong, The Wheeler School Elizabeth Laguerre, Mt. Holyoke College (A) Richard Lewis, The Wheeler School Joshua Linden, Brown University Tavish Lopez, Brown University Shahid Mallick, Brown University Catherine Metcalf, The Wheeler School Mary Mignone, The Wheeler School Basanti Miller, University of Minnesota Benjamin Mirza, Cornell University Elliot Moulds, The Wheeler School Tania Murillo, Northwestern University (A) Christopher Nho, Northwestern University

Daniel Nissani, Northwestern University Kristen Nowak, The Wheeler School Nicole Nowak, The Wheeler School Christine Ortiz, Classical High School (A) Connor Owens, The Wheeler School Megan Pelson, The Wheeler School Keith Plunkett, Community College of RI Robert Rennie, Syracuse University Ashley Robideau, University of RI (A) Lucrezia Sanes, The Wheeler School Leila Sloman, Classical High School Jeremy Smith, Morehouse College Ryan Tengler, Bryant University Kyle Titsworth, The Wheeler School Emma Un, The Wheeler School Tamara Upfal, The Wheeler School Sam Usher, The Wheeler School Manuela Vadis, Classical High School (A) Christopher Volcy, Rhode Island College Catherine Wagner, Rhode Island College Lily Wang, The Wheeler School Zidi Wang, The Wheeler School Wayne Wu, The Wheeler School Doris Xu, The Wheeler School Mentor Teachers Lucas DuClos, The Lincoln School Jennifer Leahy, Moses Brown School Denise Ramos, The Met Vicki Santos Silva, Little Wound High School Christina Toro, Classical High School Office Staff Jamison Kinnane, Brown University John Serpas, Bryant University Thank you to our numerous volunteers who provided tireless hours of service to Breakthrough! (A) =

Breakthrough Student Alumni


Quick Facts about our teachers 65 high school and college students participated in our programs

Alumni sit in on classrooms on Family and Alumni Day.

350 hours of training, observation, and professional development were provided to teachers throughout the year 37% previously taught at SB and returned to teach again 12% graduated from SB and returned to teach or work in the office Teacher Demographics 54% female 46% male

Teachers Manuela Vadis and Daniel Chang get into the Spirit!

Alumni currently in college gather for the Winter Break Alumni Night.

57% 15% 11% 8% 6% 3%

White Asian/Asian American African/African American Multiracial Latino Other

52% high school students 48% college students


Milestones

JUL ‘11 We host a site visit for Free Minds, Free People, a national conference to promote education for liberation.

NOV ‘11 Our national partner, the Breakthrough Collaborative, hosts the annual Directors’ Conference in Cambridge, MA.

AUG ‘11 Interim Superintendent of the Providence Public School District, Susan Lusi, visits our Summer Program.

SEP ‘11 We welcome Jeremy Duffy, VP of Business Development at Duffy & Shanley, as the Chair of our Board of Advisors.

OCT ‘11 We begin a partnership with the Providence After School Alliance (PASA) and start to run our School Year Program at the Wheeler School.

DEC ‘11 Dire co-present a workshop on students” mo Afterschool M RIAPSA, PASA

JAN ‘12 We welc our Acting Executi Tahbildar is out o

FEB ‘12 We re Classical High ties for alumn teaching, tuto

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Met School teacher Denise Ramos is one of four Mentor Teachers who support and advise Breakthrough teachers.

MAR ‘12 We receive applications from 6th grade students from across the city. Our Application Review Committee meets to accept a cohort of 50 motivated students to begin their two-year commitment with BP.

ectors and teacher alumni professional development n our “students teaching odel at the annual Mini-Conference, hosted by A, and the 21CCLC.

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APR ‘12 We establish a partnership with Rhode Island College to offer a Service Learning Summer Teaching Fellowship to one student studying at the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development.

MAY ‘12 We say farewell to Natalie Solomon and wish her well as she pursues a teaching career in NYC. We welcome Vicki Santos Silva, Breakthrough Providence graduate and teacher alum, as our new Program Director for Teacher Education.

econnect with alumni at our annual h School lunch. We present opportunini to return to Breakthrough through oring, or volunteering.

umni from Breakthrough’s very first class reuversary Celebration. Right: Breakthrough stuBoston University for the annual College Day.

JUN ‘12 We celebrate our 20th Anniversary and officially change our name from Providence Summerbridge to Breakthrough Providence.


What is it really like to be a Breakthrough Teacher? Q: What does Spirit mean to you? A: As a teacher, there are days when you want to go home, because it’s just really tiring. But because it’s a family, and because families stick together for better or for worse, you’re going to be there. The other side of Spirit is that the silliness and the levity are really necessary, because the fact of the matter is that the things we’re dealing with are enormous. To talk about the education Ben Freeman Breakthrough Teacher ’11 system in the United States can be a big, difficult, Student, Brown University and depressing conversation. So, for the sake of your own spiritual well-being, you have to balance that knowledge of what you’re facing with saying, “Great... Let’s just cheer for a minute!” I need that to get energized to tackle this work.

Q: Why “students teaching students”? A: I love the idea that teachers are learners. Teaching is an impossibly difficult task, and if you come in thinking you’re going to figure it out on day one, it’s going to be a really tough summer for you. Not only are we students at our universities, we’re also students in the classroom and in the staff room when we’re conferencing with Mentor Teachers. I’ll also have conversations with students, where I’ll say, “I know you don’t want to do this homework. Sometimes I don’t want to do my homework, either. But here’s why I do it anyway.” It’s important to constantly be a learner and to be forthright with my students about that.

Q: What makes Breakthrough different from other programs like it? A: I remember at one point last summer, I mentioned to my friends that I was writing progress reports for parent-teacher conferences. And they all were all confused and said, “I thought you were... a counselor? For a summer camp thing?” And I said, “No, I’m actually teaching. Like, teaching teaching.” I’m making lesson plans, getting feedback from my Mentor Teacher, and following up with students and parents about real educational outcomes. I think that’s something that folks outside the organization don’t always understand, because there’s no precedent for it. I can think of no other place where I could have such an immersive, fundamental teaching experience without a teaching certification. That’s a spectacular thing that sets the organization apart.


Q: Which aspects of Breakthrough most shaped the kind of educator you are today? A: If I had to thank Breakthrough for only one specific thing, it would be for solidifying my thoughts concerning my future. Previous to my time with Breakthrough, I was unsure where I stood regarding education as a career path. Thanks to BP's ability Oluwaseun Animashaun to build an exemplary teaching staff each Breakthrough Teacher ’11 year as well as the amazing tutelage and Student, Harvard University managerial support of the Mentor Teachers and A-Team, I had people who provided options and nurtured the growing educator in me. Moreover, the overall control teachers have over how their classrooms are run is absolutely amazing and liberating. Due to these characteristics, I can say most assuredly what I want to see and do as an educator.

Q: Why “students teaching students�? A: First, for the students, it's the mentorship of young teachers that makes this model work. As a teacher, I still hold authority in the classroom and I am responsible for the social, mental, emotional well-being of my students. That authority and responsibility does not get lost in the fact that I'm a high school or college student. Yet, as a young teacher, I am a model for the nearer future. I represent high school and college in my experience. I am an older friend that is there to guide. Second, for the parents, I think it is inspiring. I think it helps grow the big picture for their young students. I think that is so important.

Q: What makes Breakthrough different from other programs like it? A: One of the most telling and unique characteristics of Breakthrough is the "blank check" the young, and often freshman, teachers receive. It strengthened my ability to stretch my own imagination and limits in the classroom. I was able to use Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in my English class centered on the play "A Raisin in the Sun." Breakthrough allows for its community to put forth the best in themselves in ways that they don't expect.


“The greatest lesson I learned at Breakthrough was that passion combined with hard work has its rewards, and in time those rewards will manifest in different ways. It is from this mix of passion and hard work that many other great lessons are bestowed upon you.” Philip Huerta Breakthrough Teacher ’11

Summer 2011 teachers do a trust activity at the 8-day teacher training.


Full Circle

“Once the Breakthrough bug bites you,

you’re stuck for life! In the sixth grade, I agreed to give up my summer for six weeks of homework and hot classrooms. After that first summer, I never turned back. I walked in that first day of the Summer Program bright-eyed and ready to go. I was amazed at how easy it was for me to connect with the other students—and even more so, the way that I so quickly fell in love with my classroom and teachers. Liz Laguerre

That feeling of love and excitement led me to return as a teacher at the ripe age of 15. I initially never wanted to be a teacher, but that summer I experienced first-hand that through long hours of planning and preparation, lessons could be engaging and fun. It gave me a whole new perspective on the teaching profession, not to mention a new level of respect for all the teachers I had during the program and at my home school. In addition, the mentorship and advice I received from my team teacher, fellow teachers, and directors worked as a catalyst for the development of my love for teaching. Breakthrough Student ’05, Teacher ’07 ’11

Four years later in the summer of 2011, when I was a rising junior at Mount Holyoke College, I returned again. This time, I felt I had something to prove. I wanted to confirm my presumption that maybe education was the field that I was meant to pursue. I taught my first class of eighth graders and witnessed with new eyes the simultaneous impact and effect that teachers have on students, and students on teachers. Breakthrough has taught me at a young age that the factors that initially served as a threat to my academic achievement were conquerable. As a result of Breakthrough, I became an outspoken leader in the community and found my voice. Breakthrough teachers helped to cultivate my leadership skills while teaching me why education was so important. When something comes full circle, it completes a cycle and returns to its beginnings—which is exactly what Breakthrough has done for me. The program helped to show me that my greatest passion in life is being in a classroom and working with students. Understanding them and providing them with the necessary tools to achieve at the highest level possible – nothing else can compare!”


Thank you to our donors July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012 $25,000 + Carter Family Charitable Trust Rhode Island Foundation David Ward & Abby Stranahan Stranahan Foundation TriMix Foundation $10,000 + Cox Communications Mr. and Mrs. John J. McConnell, Jr. Geoffrey Lewis & Carol Nulman Wheeler School (Big Event)

$1,000 + cont’d Helena & Bill Foulkes Mrs. Carol J. Grant & Mr. Charles S. Otto Groov-Pin Corporation Mr. and Mrs. David M. Hirsch Scot Jones & Jacky Beshar Lubrano Family Charitable Foundation Dan & Joanna Miller Murray Family Charitable Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth W. Robinson Mr. Mark A. Scheel United Way of Rhode Island

$5,000 + Anonymous (3) Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin B. Baker Bank Rhode Island Billy Andrade - Brad Faxon Charities for Children Enable Hope Foundation Entelco Foundation The John Clarke Trust Otto H. York Foundation June Rockwell Levy Foundation Mark Pelson & Katherine Harrison Pelson Mr. & Mrs. Stephen L. Schweich Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sorensen

$500 + Anonymous Boiler Busters LLC Dr. & Mrs. Jacques Bonnet-Eymard Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Coleman Mr. & Mrs. Murray S. Danforth III Shawna Dasilva Mr. and Mrs. Louis P. Goldman Mr. Esan Looper Morgan Stanley Ms. Diane B. Rennie Mr. Roxburgh Rennie Dulari Tahbildar & Keith Catone Young & Julie Un

$2,500 + Ms. Catherine Hibbitt Susan & David Hibbitt Schwab Charitable Fund

Up to $499 Dr. & Mrs. Roy K. Aaron Ms. Francisca Adon Ms. Norma Anderson Anonymous Ms. Mary-Kim Arnold & Mr. Matthew Derby Linda Atamian & Brian O'Connor Mrs. Julie C. Baldwin Dr. & Mrs. William Braden Suzy Williams and Robert Brown

$1,000 + Scot Jones & Jacky Beshar Blue State Coffee LLC Jody Brown & Kit Staton Brunonian Chapter of Alpha Delta Phi Jeremy A. Duffy Mountha Nhem Figueredo


Up to $499 cont’d Up to $499 cont’d Mr. & Mrs. Steven Carlino Mr. Robert A. Schmidt & Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Cater, Jr. Ms. Annie H. Funnell Mackenzie Cater Ms. Heidy Shinn Mr. and Mrs. William Catone Mr. James Spound & Mrs. Lauren Levine Barbara & Anthony Cervone Mr. Jason St. John Edward & Audrey Clifton Ms. Deborah Steinberg & Ms. Ann Solomon Ms. Naomi Cohn Dr. & Mrs. Umesh Tahbildar Elizabeth G. Cook Dr. Dominick Tammaro & Mr. Daniel P. Corley & Dr. Cay DenHerder Ms. Elizabeth M. Beach Ms. Elizabeth Tammaro Ms. Marcie Cummings & Sharon Tatulli Kreamer Mr. Clarkson A. Collins Kemi Ogidan Tignor Ms. Christine Cuthbertson Mr. & Mrs. William T. Tumber, Jr. Dr. Janet David Adam & Candice Manson Weinstock Ms. Patricia David Ms. Suzanne Williams Dr. and Mrs. Simeon David Ms. Joy Wolff Ms. Paula M. Davy Ms. Anna DiStefano In-Kind Donors Mr. George Economo Caserta Pizza Gary and Rosanne Esposito Cox Communications FJC Foundation Patricia Fleury Mr. & Mrs. Seth Garfield Mr. Seth Garfield Mr. Michael Goldstein Mr. & Mrs. Alan Harlam Heidi & Mark Harris Marc R. Harrison and Family Ms. Ianthe Hensman Mr. James Huguley Ms. Megan Kawatachi Mr. & Ms. Thomas Kelliher Mrs. Miriam G. Kenney Matthew A. Lopes Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth J. Mancini L-R: Dennis Coleman, Katherine Harrison Pelson, Ms. Mindy Weber & Diane Patrick, Carol Nulman, Dan Miller, Bill Prescott Mr. Roger L. McRoberts Abja Midha Mr. Tan Nguyen Ms. Stephanie K. Ogidan Preston Ms. Ruth Otto If you notice an error, please call Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Perik 401-528-2127. Mr. & Mrs. William C. Prescott, Jr. Mr. Ari Rubenstein


Revenue & Expenses July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012 Revenue Foundations

$

134,150

Individuals

$

56,713

Corporations

$

17,829

Associations/Other

$

11,916

TOTAL

$

220,608

Salaries & youth stipends

$

191,767

Student Activities & Special Events

$

28,846

Curricula & Classroom Supplies

$

3,457

Recruitment, Training, & Professional Development

$

2,652

Office Supplies & Equipment

$

2,291

Fundraising & Public Relations

$

9,108

Membership Dues

$

6,265

Payroll Taxes

$

14,670

TOTAL

$

259,056

Net Surplus/(Deficit)

$

(38,448)

Temporarily Restricted Fund Balance, as of 6/30/12

$

126,549

Market Value of Endowment, as of 6/30/12

$

285,808

Expenses

Annual deficit covered by temporarily restricted fund balance.


Board of Advisors Joan Countryman Former Head of School The Lincoln School

Geoffrey Liggett Director of Institutional Advancement The Wheeler School

Jeremy Duffy (Chair) Vice President, Business Development Duffy & Shanley

Andrew S. Miller ASM Wealth Management

Milisa (Misa) Galazzi Director, Brewster Day Camp CFO, The Family Schools, Inc.

Dan Miller Head of School The Wheeler School Katherine H. Pelson

Carol Grant Senior Vice President, External Affairs First Wind Mark Harris Director, Aerie Program The Wheeler School Catherine Hibbitt Science Teacher The Lincoln School

William Prescott Former Head of School The Wheeler School Michele Sczerbinski Diaz Director of Leadership Gifts and Planned Giving The Wheeler School

Staff John Serpas, Americorps*VISTA Communications & Operations Director Natalie Solomon, Program Director for Teacher Education Dulari Tahbildar, Executive Director Christina Turner, Program Director for Student & Family Programs


Students Teaching Students

Breakthrough Providence (formerly Providence Summerbridge) The Wheeler School 216 Hope Street Providence, RI 02906


Breakthrough Providence Year in Review, 2011-2012