Come tour our program or volunteer with our students


The six-week, academically intensive summer program for middle school students is the cornerstone of Breakthrough’s program. During Visitors Days, community members are invited to observe our program in action, take a tour, and meet Breakthrough students and teaching fellows.


Come volunteer with our high school and college students this summer by providing valuable feedback during their summer-end Presentations of Learning. 


James Carter, Columbia University, PhD, 2023

“I think often of the quote that says ‘talent is equally dispersed but opportunity is not’ and I think opportunity to achieve as much as I’ve been able to is in part because of the support and advocacy I’ve received from Breakthrough over the last 15 or so years.”

Breakthrough is the leading college access and success nonprofit in Central Texas.

For more than 20 years, we have partnered with thousands of middle and high school students who aspire to be the first in their family to graduate with a degree or certificate. We make a radical, long-term commitment to students, to and through college, unlocking the power of education and a lifetime of opportunity. We support the whole student with personalized services, work closely with community partners, campuses, and employers, and advocate for our students with lawmakers.

Nearly 60% of Breakthrough students graduate with a diploma or certificate, compared to 15% of high school graduates from low-income communities in our region.

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