Our Impact

Everything it takes to graduate

Breakthrough is a college degree completion program, and also an aspiration, achievement and dream realization program. Breakthrough provides everything it takes for students from disadvantaged communities to see themselves and their world differently. It shows them how to set goals, build the skills and knowledge they need to realize those goals and gain the confidence to achieve their best vision of what’s possible for themselves.

The most powerful force in society is a child with a dream and the nurturing, knowledge and means to achieve that dream. We cannot afford to waste even one child’s dream. No child can do it alone—Breakthrough surrounds each child with a community that encourages and supports them until they cross the graduation stage.

Outcomes that change lives

Each year Breakthrough Central Texas admits a new class of 280 6th graders from Austin ISD, Manor ISD, and Del Valle ISD. In 2020, we will serve more than 2,000 students in grades six through college.

Breakthrough students graduate from college at 7x the rate of similar peers

Breakthrough students graduate college at 2.5 times the rate of all students in the region.

98% of Breakthrough students graduate high school on time, compared to 83% of similar peers

90% of students stay in Breakthrough from 6th grade through college

90% enroll directly into college, compared to 41% of similar peers in Central Texas

Breakthrough Student Chris Martinez with his mother “I was so inspired by the way my son Chris talks about college and Breakthrough that I decided to enroll in college myself. I plan to get my Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a certificate in Human Services. Chris and I now talk about college as if it’s a certainty. We are making plans and thinking ahead about how we can achieve our dreams. This is a dramatic change in how our family talks and thinks about success, and it will be so for generations to come, for my grandchildren and Chris’ grandchildren as well.”

– Sonia Martinez, Breakthrough Parent