Breakthrough

Our mission begins and ends with people

Chicago, IL   |  www.breakthrough.org

Mission

Breakthrough partners with those affected by poverty to build connections, develop skills, and open doors of opportunity.

Ruling year info

1992

Founder and Executive Director

Dr. Arloa Sutter

Main address

PO Box 47200

Chicago, IL 60647 USA

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EIN

36-3810926

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Breakthrough envisions a safe, stable, engaged East Garfield Park where success is the norm and families prosper. To reach this vision, Breakthrough partners with youth, adults, and families to support people in six key areas: 1) Education and youth development 2) Workforce development 3) Housing 4) Health and wellness 5) Violence prevention 6) Spiritual formation

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?

Adult Support Network

Founded in 1992, the ASN partners with adults to move individuals from crisis to stability. Breakthrough provides holistic community development and wraparound services for adults through three key program areas: 1) Homeless Intervention programs, consisting of the Daytime Support Center, Transitional Housing, and Permanent Supportive Housing, 2) the Fresh Market food pantry, and 3) Violence Prevention initiatives through Community Partnerships for Peace. In support of these initiatives, Breakthrough provides employment readiness, behavioral health care, addictions and substance abuse counseling, legal aid, and basic emergency services, such as laundry, showers, food, and access to technology.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Founded in 2000, the BYN works with youth and their families to overcome the forces of poverty and transform East Garfield Park into a place where success becomes the norm and families prosper. Programming focuses on not only a student’s academic performance, but also other key factors of success such as parent involvement, leadership opportunities, promoting healthy lifestyles, and violence prevention. The BYN includes four key program areas: (1) Breakthrough Beginners (early childhood education for ages 2-5), (2) the Nettie Bailey Student Achievement Program (afterschool and summer enrichment), (3) the London Johnson Arts and Technology Academy (interactive and engaging STEAM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math] opportunities) and (4) the Breakthrough Sports and Fitness Academy (60+ sports offerings). Since 2015, each youth program operates out of Breakthrough’s state-of-the-art 42,500 square foot community center, the FamilyPlex.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2018)

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 students who exhibit kindergarten readiness

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

Infants and toddlers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of low-income families housed in affordable, well-maintained units as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

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

Families

Related Program

Adult Support Network

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants who gain employment

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

Adults

Related Program

Adult Support Network

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of students who gained entrance into top Chicago high schools

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

Adolescents

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Pounds of food distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adult Support Network

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adult Support Network

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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 is committed to moving individuals from crisis to stability, as well as creating a new normal in East Garfield Park, where success becomes the norm and families prosper. Breakthrough is intentionally located in the community of East Garfield Park, one of Chicago’s most underserved communities. The Economic Community Innovation Group identified the zip code 60624, where Breakthrough’s facilities are located, as the most economically distressed zip code in Chicago. This community faces significant disinvestment of resources that has led to increased poverty. By targeting this geographic region, Breakthrough aims to develop community partnerships to create deep and holistic change in the neighborhood through innovative service offerings in housing, workforce development, violence reduction, and neighborhood health services.

In the Adult Support Network, Breakthrough utilizes a trauma-informed model that is particularly effective in partnering with people to move individuals from crisis to stability. In the Daytime Support Centers, 28% of people report a mental illness or developmental disability, 32% report substance or alcohol abuse, and 17% report a physical disability. Many individuals report additional trauma from violence or homelessness, and after participating in ASN programming, 86% reported an increased awareness of the impact of trauma in their lives. In the ASN’s violence reduction initiative, Communities Partnering for Peace, Breakthrough partners with people who have experienced trauma from violence. Breakthrough provides direct services that include case management, re-entry services, and victim assistance. Breakthrough also offers direct violence mediations and Light in the Night events to reclaim public spaces.

In the Breakthrough Youth Network, the program facilitates a strategic academic pipeline that prepares students from preschool to college, emphasizing parent engagement at all stages of the process. Students can enter the Breakthrough Beginners early childhood education program at age two, matriculate into Breakthrough’s afterschool offerings in grade school and middle school, participate in leadership opportunities, learn about arts and technology, and participate in over 60 sports offerings. When students graduate high school, they are supported with opportunities for college scholarships and trunk parties to equip their residences.
Breakthrough understands that education alone does not alleviate poverty. Recognizing the importance of involving families in the social and economic development of students, Breakthrough intentionally engages parents in a variety of ways including parent workshops and gatherings, regular communication, volunteer opportunities, and more. In addition, parents and families have access to wraparound services such as a client-choice food pantry (the Fresh Market), health screenings, and financial literacy educational opportunities. The likelihood of sustainable success increases when services are offered to the entire family.

Each year, Breakthrough serves over 6,600 adults, youth, and families in East Garfield Park through an integration of community-based services. In the Adult Support Network, Breakthrough’s ability to provide on-site, integrated and wraparound services enables Breakthrough to better partner with adults in East Garfield Park and allows people to more easily access services. People who wish to access one of Breakthrough’s program offerings can have access to behavioral health services, housing services, employment training, the Fresh Market food pantry

In the Breakthrough Youth Network, Breakthrough provides space for all learners to grow and development through leveled program opportunities. At Breakthrough, youth are given both the skills and educational tools needed to succeed and the network of opportunity to put them to use. With a solid foundation to build upon and a network of support surrounding them, students involved in Breakthrough’s initiatives are better prepared to achieve academic and future success.

Breakthrough recently completed a strategic planning process and has goals to increase programs and services to the community to break cycles of poverty and provide critical resources. Breakthrough’s in-depth strategic plan outlines a 5-year vision including goals, objectives, and framework for success. The strategic plan establishes four goals: provide innovative and robust programs with individuals and families, expand and formalize community-wide enrichment initiatives, ensure well-equipped people and infrastructure, and create evidence based, replicable framework.
Within these four goals, Breakthrough has established over 100 metrics for success, including:

• Double the total enrollment in all BYN programs from over 1,000 to over 2,000 students
• Triple the membership in the Breakthrough fitness center from 125 to 375
• Support bringing businesses and jobs to East Garfield Park through economic advocacy
• Maintain sustainable and diverse revenue base
• Invest in Breakthrough staff through development and training
• Build and share a framework for Breakthrough’s model for other organizations

Financials

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

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Breakthrough

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Derreck Robinson

Managing Director, National Sales Leader

Term: 2021 -

Arloa Sutter

Executive Director - Breakthrough

Kwesi Smith

Research Analyst - William Blair

Keith Freeman

Community Organizer - Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Erik Fyrwald

CEO - Syngenta

Ashley Tate-Gilmore

CEO - Fortis Global

Diane Rodriguez-Rand

Education and Social Service Advocate

Aretha Birks

Head Start Parent Representative, Breakthrough Beginners Parent Committee

Deb Steiner

Chief Administrative Officer - RRD

Dejuan Lever

Regional Sales & Marketing Manager - Diesel Radiator Co.

Jenny Haas

Chief Executive Officer - Tampico

Michelle Dunham

Associate General Counsel - American Express

Terry Truax

Partner - Jenner & Block

Afua Owusu

Executive Producer

Rob Campbell

Lead Pastor

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/3/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data