Learn. Teach. Inspire.

Our mission at Breakthrough Greater Boston

is to inspire excitement for learning, create paths to college and promote careers in education.

Breakthrough Greater Boston prepares low-income students for success in college and trains the next generation of urban teachers using a unique Students Teaching Students model. Through our six-year program, students gain a passion for learning and the perseverance and tools to succeed in college and beyond. Teaching Fellows gain intensive in-classroom experience, expert training and 1:1 coaching.

Through six years of intensive, tuition-free, out of school time programming, we change students’ academic trajectories and support them along the path to college. We are building the next generation of teachers through competitive recruitment, research-based training, and coaching from master teachers.

Founded by MacArthur Genius Award winner Angela Duckworth in 1992 in Cambridge, we expanded into Boston in 2013, followed by Somerville in 2018. With the 2024 completion of our growth plan, Breakthrough will serve 900 students and 200 teachers annually.

Building Paths to College

Launching Teaching Careers

Core Values


We cherish and embody the youthful energy and spirit of our students and teachers.

Continual Learning

Everyone in our community has something to learn and something to teach.

Team Together

We all chip in to accomplish whatever is needed for our teammates and the broader organization.

Student Centered

Our students are our first priority and our decisions center around what benefits our students.

Equity and Opportunity

We value diversity of identity, background and thought. We treat everyone with dignity and respect.

Excellence in Everything

We maintain high expectations for ourselves.

See Breakthrough in Action