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Mental Health Awareness Month: Leveling Up to Provide Mental Health Resources

Breakthrough students and families demonstrated remarkable perseverance, resilience and grace, but there is no denying that the crisis of the pandemic continues to impact the mental health and wellbeing of people of all ages. The World Health Organization estimated...

Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Austin Awards Scholarships to 7 Breakthrough Recipients

The Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Austin (PBKAAGA) has always been committed to the encouragement and promotion of academic excellence in our community, and this year is no different.  Since 1999, the Association has awarded scholarships to graduating...

Staff Spotlight: JaNica Gothwright

JaNica Gothwright  Program Coordinator JaNica is a passionate individual with almost 20 years of community service work. Before joining the Breakthrough family, she worked at San Marcos Job Corps for almost 10 years as an Advisor supporting students with...

Mark your calendars! Amplify Austin is March 1-2

Amplify Austin is our city’s annual day of giving. Over 700 nonprofits raise over $10 million during a 24 hour period. This year, Breakthrough Central Texas has an ambitious goal to raise $75,000 to support the next class of Breakthrough students who will grow,...

Alumni Spotlight: James Carter

"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 Internship Network Creates Talent Pipeline, Fosters Social Responsibility Among Austin-Area Employers

​Breakthrough Central Texas Partners with Austin Business Community to Strengthen And Diversify Local Workforce FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 16, 2023 AUSTIN, TX – Breakthrough Central Texas, a leading Austin-area nonprofit creating paths to college for students who...


Breakthrough Central Texas creates a path to and through college for students who will become the first in their families to earn a college degree.


All Central Texas children have the opportunity to realize their potential through the life-changing power of a college degree.

Creating a Lasting Legacy: Jabrell Scott

When Jabrell first joined Breakthrough in 6th grade, little did he know he would be creating a legacy for his family — one his youngest brother could follow, and eventually his own children. Today, he describes becoming a first-generation college graduate as one of his biggest accomplishments. He recalls his middle school summers taking Bus 18 to the UT campus, an experience that led him to become an AmeriCorps summer teaching fellow further allowing him to give back to the community by working with kids whose shoes he was once in. Fast forward 4 years, Jabrell now holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a minor in Public Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Jabrell was one of more than 50 Breakthrough students who became the first in the family to earn a college degree during the COVID-19 pandemic.

of our students, on average, graduate from high school on early or on time, compared to compared to 88% of the most recent cohort of their Central Texas peers from low-income communities

of our students, on average, enroll directly in college, compared to 37% of the most recent cohort of their Central Texas peers from low-income communities.

of students, on average, graduate from college within six years, compared to 38% of their peers from low-income communities.

more likely to enroll in college in comparison to other students from the same campuses

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