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“Let’s push. Lets advocate. Let’s fight. Let’s love. Let’s make our voices heard. Let’s not be okay with exceptions. Let’s not be okay with cherry picking. Let’s not be okay with some kids making it. Let’s think about what we have to do to reframe entire systems so we are making success not necessarily predicated on luck. Let’s change it so we can build something truly important that all our neighbors can benefit from.”   Wes Moore

We are filled with gratitude for the more than 300 individuals who tuned in last night for a community conversation on educational equity with Wes Moore.  Special thanks to Grammy Award nominated artist SaulPaul for his inspiring performances, as well as to our lead sponsor, AMD,  host committee, board of trustees, donors and attendees who made this experience possible.

At Breakthrough, our goal is to support students on their path to becoming the first in their family to graduate from college, as educational opportunities beyond high school afford a greater ability to achieve economic mobility and build a life of one’s own choosing. However, too often, a student’s circumstances of birth – race, ethnicity, family’s income level or immigration status – predicts the educational opportunities they will be afforded.

As Wes Moore said last night, educational equity isn’t just important, it’s everything.  Every single issue we are debating and discussing is going to be premised on us getting this part right.

As you reflect on last night’s conversation and consider “What’s next?”, we ask that you take action with us and learn about opportunities to volunteer, to advocate for policies that will help all students succeed, and to donate. 

Together, we raised more than $220,000 through sponsorships and donations  last night. Our work simply would not be possible without your support. Special thanks to our matching donors: Aileen and Mike Aviles, Rosalind Jones George, Kris and Scott Morledge, and Melba and Ted Whatley.

Breakthrough students graduate from college at 7 times the rate of their peers and twice the rate of all students. By donating to Breakthrough Central Texas, you are investing in profound change for the future of our students, their families and our community.

See highlights below from SaulPaul’s performance

In case you missed it, you can view a video of Breakthrough college students, Andrea Sanchez and Da’Keona Jones, sharing their Breakthrough experience here.



Lenee & Don Bennett  |  Bock Foundation

Tiffany & Michael Nels  |  Hannah Temple & Christopher Sanders




Jeanette & Ernest Auerbach | Diana & Gregg Lowe | Brian Roberts & Sarah Mead

Eva Garza-Nyer & Adam Nyer | Marty & Derry Swanger | Tere & Tito Vidaurri



Anne Alexander & David Kessler | Maryann & Paul Bell | Irma & Dr. Jim Brand |

Lynne Rupp & Doug Brothers | Amber Carden  |  Brian & Carolyn DeRoeck

Karey & Chris Oddo | Louise & Sergio Rodriguez | Maya & Shaka Smart | Neal & Beth Sutton


Karen & Barry Aidman | Dr. Glenda Ballard | Allison & Mark Chavez | Debbie Lauderdale & Danny Felps

Leslie & David Jaffe Linda & Paul Parrish | Michael Ramirez & Kaitlin DeBarros | Chula Reynolds & Sophia Collier


Jenny Achilles
Julia and Ryan Ambrose
Kendall and John Antonelli
Jeanette and Ernest Auerbach
Aileen and Mike Aviles
Malia and Steve Aycock
Dr. Glenda Ballard
Kristin Boyer
Irma and Jim Brand
Dr. Aileen Bumphus
Byron Ceasar
Amber Carden
Christina R. Corona
Katelena Hernandez Cowles and James Cowles
Kaitlin DeBarros and Michael Ramirez
Lynne Dobson and Greg Wooldridge
Munira Fareed
Kristina and Carlos Flores
Hiawatha Franks
Rey Garcia
Mary Garwood Yancy and Howard Yancy
Ricky D. Green
Diana and Sean Greenberg
Emily Greer
TiWanna Kenney
Revlynn Lawson
Dr. Tiffany T. Lewis
Victoria Lippman
Carolyn and Jack Long
Mysha and Michael Lubke
Dean Charles R. Martinez, Jr.
Monica Maldonado Williams
Carrie and Jeffrey McDowell
Melissa Muckenthaler
Karey and Chris Oddo
Shelly Rhymes
Maya Smart
Clayton and Gaby Smith
Hannah Temple and Christopher Sanders
Javier Valdez
The Vara Family
Tere and Tito Vidaurri
Kristen and Patrick Worrall