BREAKTHROUGH NEW YORK

aka BTNY   |   New York, NY   |  www.btny.org

Mission

Breakthrough New York empowers motivated students from low-income backgrounds to achieve a college degree and pursue the career of their choosing.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Ms. Beth E. Onofry

Main address

123 William Street 4th Floor

New York, NY 10038 USA

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Formerly known as

Summerbridge at the Town School

EIN

27-0628927

NTEE code info

Secondary/High School (B25)

Undergraduate College (4-year) (B42)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Talent and motivation are equally distributed across race and class, but access to high-quality educational opportunities are not. Only 11% of students from the lowest socio-economic quintile graduate from college, and 26% of Black Americans and 18% of Latinx Americans hold a college degree. A college degree is the most reliable lever for economic mobility. Beyond increased wages, a college education leads to better health outcomes, higher civic engagement, lower incarceration, and more charitable giving - enriching entire communities. The problem of college access begins well before a student submits their college application. Students in low-income communities are less likely to attend a high school that prepares them for college, more likely to lose academic skills over the summer, and furthest from the extracurricular and internship opportunities that propel students into top-tier colleges.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Breakthrough New York Middle School Program

Summer Program: Students attend an academically-rigorous six-week summer program (8:00AM-4:00PM) with a specific focus on solidifying skills mastery in the core curriculum of math, science, English and social studies. This past summer, we piloted our first in-house designed curricula in order to maximize academic gains. In addition, students choose from a variety of teacher-designed academic electives such as Spoken Word, History of Hip-Hop, Chorus and website design. While our focus is intensely academic, we also seek to develop our students’ character, sense of responsibility and cultural exposure through a positive learning environment and experiences in the larger community. This summer, we hope to re-examine our middle school program’s impact by developing a comprehensive evaluation plan with a professional evaluator and aligning our middle school curriculum accordingly.
 
School Year Program:  From October to May, Breakthrough New York provides Monday and Wednesday after-school programming (4:30-6:30pm) that focuses on intensive tutoring, study skills and writing mechanics., which is held at The Town School in Manhattan. High school and college teachers also teach these classes. Meeting for two days a week represents an increase from our once-weekly program and was informed by research of academic out-of-school time. Since the start of the new school year, we have averaged a 91% attendance rate and our students averaged a 90% GPA in the fall 2009 semester.
 
Placement Program: Beginning in the spring of 7th grade, we begin placement guidance and support to our students and families as they navigate the high school admissions process for magnet public, independent and boarding schools. We begin teaching a high school options curriculum in our 7th grade summer which introduces our students to types of schools available, financial aid processes, interviewing skills and ways to identify the proper school fit (size, location, academic program, private/public etc.). We also work one-on-one with families and offer free SSAT/ISEE preparation for our students.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adolescents

High School Program: Breakthrough offers free SAT preparation, referrals to summer and employment opportunities through partnership organizations, a mentoring program, workshops on college essay writing and financial aid applications and trips to various universities.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Breakthrough hires over 100 high school and college students throughout the course of the school year as teacher interns. Our teacher interns are trained and mentored by seasoned professional educators who train them in both theoretical and practical teaching methodologies. Of the teacher intern alumni that we have tracked, 83% have gone onto pursue careers in education and public service.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adults

In 2014, we piloted a program to support our our high school seniors transition through their first year of college successfully. Based on the success of the program, we now introduce a college persistence program focused on academic, financial, social and career-readiness support.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Where we work

Awards

Klingenstein Award for Service 2006

Columbia University Teachers College

Top Ten Internship in the US 2011

Princeton Review

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of high school seniors who graduate from high school on time

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Ethnic and racial groups, Low-income people, Working poor, Immigrants

Related Program

Breakthrough New York High School Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of scholars who graduate from four year colleges and university within six years

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Ethnic and racial groups, Low-income people, Working poor, Immigrants

Related Program

Breakthrough New York College Success Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Breakthrough New York empowers students from low-income backgrounds to graduate from college and access the career of their choosing. We aspire for 100% of our students to graduate from selective high schools and enroll in four-year colleges, and for at least 90% to graduate from college on time. Beyond college, we aim that at least 75% of Breakthrough alumni make at least a middle-class salary in the career of their choice by age 30.

Breakthrough New York is a tuition-free, ten-year program that supports students from low-income backgrounds from 7th grade through college graduation.

The Breakthrough model is grounded in three core areas of programming, spanning our middle school, high school, and college cohorts:
1. Academic and social enrichment: We prepare students to succeed in rigorous educational settings by providing summer and after-school programming.
2. High school and college access: We coach students and their families into applying to high-quality high schools and colleges across the public, private, and parochial spectrum.
3. Near-peer mentorship: We train young people to teach and mentor students at every stage of our ten-year program, providing social-emotional guidance in addition to academic and professional support.

Breakthrough New York has twenty years of success in expanding educational opportunities for students from marginalized and under-resourced communities. We launched in 1999 as a program focused on reversing the "summer slide" for middle school students. Since then, we continue to evolve our program to meet our students' needs, including expanding our program to ten years and operating cohorts in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. We have an excellent team with strong retention and a highly engaged board, providing us with the leadership, capacity, and motivation to create excellent programming for our students.

In 2020:
- 98% of 8th grade students enrolled in a selective high school
- 100% of high school seniors graduated and enrolled in a four-year college
- 91% of college students graduated on time
- 90% of college graduates secured employment or continued their education within six months of graduation

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve 500 students in grades 7 through college.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BREAKTHROUGH NEW YORK

Board of directors
as of 6/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Gautam Ranji

Blavity News

Term: 2020 - 2023

Mona Shah

Jack Paris

Citigroup

Nora Elish

The Dalton School

Maria Hackley

Citigroup

Alisa Mall

Foresite Capital

Sarah Rappoport

Teaneck Board of Education

Laura Sloate

Neuberger Berman

Mary Gay Townsend

Norgay Partners

Laurie Rosenblatt

Catherine Aquila

Kimberly Johns

Goldman Sachs

Daniel Botoff

RBC Capital Markets

Bonnie Litt

Success Academy Charter Network

Laura Drumm

RBC Capital Markets

John Darmanin

Macquarie

William Clark

JP Morgan Chase

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/08/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/08/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.