Educational Institutions

Breakthrough Central Texas

Creating first-generation college graduates

aka Breakthrough Central Texas

Austin, TX

Mission

Breakthrough exists because all Central Texas children from low-income communities deserve the opportunity to go to and graduate from college, but statistics say this won’t happen without significant intervention. Less than 8% of middle school students from low-income communities in Central Texas earn a post-secondary degree. Breakthrough Central Texas helps students beat these odds. Our program provides extended learning, comprehensive advising, and leadership experiences from middle school through college to help students from low-income communities become the first in their families to graduate from college. We believe that by providing innovative educational programs to children and their families, we can have a multi-generational impact.

Ruling Year

2001

Executive Director

Michael Griffith

Main Address

1050 East 11th Street, Suite 350

Austin, TX 78702 USA

Keywords

education, low-income youth, youth services, mentoring, teacher training, college, first-generation, college graduation, college completion, high school completion, equality

EIN

74-2991346

 Number

5927623219

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Our region is experiencing an ever-widening economic divide, the results of which mean a deep-rooted and pervasive cycle of poverty. A cycle that has little chance of being broken without aggressive and effective intervention. Nearly two-thirds of new jobs in Central Texas require a post-secondary degree. Any form of post-secondary degree increases an individual’s lifetime earnings by 75% over that of a high school diploma. Yet, less than 8% of middle school students from low-income communities in Central Texas will earn a post-secondary degree. It’s not hard to see the pattern in the statistics. The path out of poverty requires, at the very least, a college degree.

Our programs

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

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Extended Learning

Personal Advocate

Leadership Experience

College Success

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Percentage of students graduate high school on time

TOTALS BY YEAR
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Percentage of high school graduates that directly enroll into college

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Earn a post-secondary degree or diploma within six years of high school graduation.

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Context notes

Breakthrough students graduate at seven times the rate of their low-income peers.

Percentage passing all classes in middle school and high school

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Average number of days missed by high school students

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Context notes

Breakthrough high school students miss an average of 9.6 days of school compared to similar peers who miss an average of 13 days of school.

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Breakthrough builds a path through college, beginning in middle school, for students from low-income communities who will become the first in their families to earn a college degree. Our program combines individualized, long-term case management with extended learning time for students who statistics say will not enroll in or graduate from college without significant support.

Breakthrough’s model is shaped by years of research on the underlying drivers of poverty and educational attainment. Education is the most effective way to overcome poverty. At the core of our model are three main pillars. Each pillar provides students skills and experiences that address the three critical factors that limit academic success and persistence: unequal out-of-school academic opportunities, the lack of a knowledgeable personal advocate and the development of non-cognitive skills. Our model fills these gaps, levelling the education playing field.

Breakthrough students consistently outperform their low-income Central Texas peers when it comes to grades, school attendance, scores on college entrance exams, college readiness, high school graduation, college enrollment, and college graduation. Last spring, 98% of our high school seniors in the Class of 2017 graduated on time, as compared to 90% of their Central Texas low-income peers. Ninety-two percent of them enrolled directly in college, as compared to 43% of their Central Texas low-income peers. Breakthrough students graduate from college at 7 times the rate of other low-income Central Texas students.

External Reviews

Financials

Breakthrough Central Texas

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

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?

No

Organizational Demographics

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Diversity Strategies

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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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