Join the Breakthrough Community and make a lasting impact on our students!

Volunteer with us to help students craft college essays or prepare scholarships applications, tutor one-on-one after school or help our staff with events and communications. Breakthrough offers a variety of opportunities throughout the year to get involved. Based on the different opportunities, all volunteers will be given initial trainings and tips to help guide them through the volunteer process and experience. Please note, Breakthrough volunteer opportunities take place at a variety of locations in addition to the Breakthrough office. Therefore, reliable transportation is required. See the Volunteer Opportunities below:

How do I become a Breakthrough Volunteer?

  1. Complete the online Volunteer Application
    1. Sign up for a new volunteer orientation. Please email volunteer@breakthroughctx.org to learn about upcoming orientation dates, and to confirm your place in this initial training. An orientation includes: the history of Breakthrough Central Texas, current volunteer opportunities, an introduction to the roles, training, availability, and working with Breakthrough students, and a tour of the facilities. A background check must be cleared before you begin volunteering with Breakthrough students.
  2. Begin volunteering!

Our Volunteer Coordinator will make every attempt to match your interests and availability with Breakthrough’s current volunteer needs.


How do I become a 2019 Breakthrough Summer Volunteer Corps and Team Leader?

  1. Complete the online application here. 
  2. Complete the background check. Download form here. 
  3. Find a reference and have them fill out the reference form. Download form here.
  4. Begin volunteering!

*This position is for current high school students interested in Breakthrough’s Austin ISD sites. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Work directly with a specific middle or high school student to support their academic progress. Possible activities may include:  meeting with the student once a week during lunch or after school at their campus, encouraging good study habits and organization, tutoring if able, helping student research high school or college options, and communicating regularly with the Breakthrough Case Manager about the student’s academic progress.
Help students build their academic skills by providing them with the tools to be successful students. Possible activities may include:  helping student study for a math quiz or understand a science problem, or motivating a student to meet deadlines on time and keep up their grades.
 Support our students by reviewing their high school and college applications. Possible activities may include:  offering application feedback, guiding student through essay writing and revision process, and keeping students on a step-by-step timeline for achieving these goals, and assisting student applicant and their family at one or more fall workshop events.
Provide critical support to a host of projects and events such as celebrations and workshops throughout the year. This opportunity is especially convenient for tutors looking for a shorter-term commitment, a more flexible schedule, or a particular project to support.
Support Breakthrough staff with daily tasks, projects, outreach to families, workshop planning and resource preparation. Successful associates commit to a regular weekly schedule; however, the number of hours varies depending on the schedule of the volunteer.
For more information on levels or commitment and availability, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Elvira Marin at Elvira@breakthroughctx.org.


Spring Orientation & Training Dates


Wednesday, January 9

Thursday, January 17

Wednesday, January 23


Thursday, February 7

Wednesday, February 13

Thursday, February 21


Wednesday, March 6



6:00 PM – 6:50 PM


7:00 PM – 7:50 PM 


Breakthrough Office

To attend, RSVP at elvira@breakthroughctx.org.


Breakthrough Central Texas

180 Grand Ave #1225, Oakland, CA 94612, USA