Breakthrough Central Texas Hosts College Grad Banquet at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, Celebrates milestone of reaching nearly 300 Graduates

Members of the Breakthrough community gathered at Stubb's BBQ to commemorate the graduation of more than 50 new college graduates from the class of 2022. The Breakthrough Graduates Banquet, held annually, is an intimate gathering for our most recent college graduates...

Breakthrough Announces Addition of 4 Trustees to the Board

We are pleased to welcome Irma Brand, Munira Fareed, Michael Ramirez and Jabrell Scott to Breakthrough’s Board of Trustees! These community members bring a wealth of knowledge to our organization. Read more about our newest board trustees below.  Irma Brand Irma...

Breakthrough Central Texas Announces Partnership with EcoRise to provide sustainable intelligence curriculum for Middle School Summer Academy

Breakthrough Central Texas Announces Partnership with EcoRise to provide sustainable intelligence curriculum for Middle School Summer Academy EcoRise is a nonprofit whose mission is to mobilize a new generation of leaders to design healthy, just, and thriving...

For the Love of the Game

By David M. Porter IV Program Coordinator, Breakthrough Central Texas 2021 has been a year for the record books. Although we may look back in years to come on both the good and the bad, my hope is that we will remember a year where change was championed to establish...

Jessica’s Vision: Creating the Breakthrough

In 2000, Jessica Slade, a teacher with a master’s degree in Education Administration from the University of Texas, recognized a need in Central Texas schools. “Austin was becoming a beacon for economic development,” says Slade, “but it was striking to me that students...

2022 Student Recruitment is in full swing!

As you know Breakthrough is an exciting and challenging journey that starts the summer before sixth grade and continues through high school and college.  Each spring, students in surrounding districts are invited to apply for our 12-year program. This month, we hosted...


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.


graduate high school on time, compared to 86% of similar peers

of our students enroll directly in college, compared to 42% of their peers from low-income communities.

more likely to graduate from college compared to similar peers.

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