Updates and Resources for BTGB Students and Families During COVID-19


The safety and health of our extended BTGB family is paramount in the age of COVID-19. Our staff has been working closely with partners, our Board and others in our communities to ensure that we are providing critical supports for our students and families in this uncertain time.

In-Person Programming 

Schools across the state are closed for the remainder of the year, including all of our partner schools in Boston, Cambridge and Somerville. Therefore, all of our After School Programming for the remainder of this school year.

To ensure the health and safety of our community, Breakthrough’s 2020 Summer Program will go virtual. While this was a difficult decision to make, we know that it is in the best interest of our students, families, teachers and staff. 

What does this mean?  
A strong cohort of returning Breakthrough Teaching Fellows and Instructional Coaches, supported by our full-time team, will provide daily online instruction in literature and math to ensure an enriching learning experience for our students this summer. Teaching Fellows will be engaged in ongoing learning as well, guided by our staff and Instructional Coaches. 

We will also continue our ongoing touchpoints with families around social service needs. 

How will Breakthrough keep its sense of community in a virtual world? 
Through clubs, community meetings and advisory time, our virtual program will include many opportunities for students to showcase their Breakthrough spirit and strengthen connections with their college going peers and Teaching Fellow mentors. 

Can we “visit” classes this summer as we have in the past? 
Yes! Please stay tuned for more information on virtual visits to our three campuses, including student lessons and Q&As with our Teaching Fellows. 

Are there opportunities to support the transition to virtual learning? 
Yes! We will be delivering STEM kits and fun incentives to our students, transitioning to a new online learning platform, and creating community learning experiences that require additional materials. Please donate now or contact info@btgbmail.org for more information.   

School Year Remote Services & Supports

BTGB program staff members are in constant touch with students and families via email, social media, video conference, text and phone. We are prioritizing students’ health and wellbeing, as well as their academic progress and moving forward in the college application and financial aid processes. Supports include:

  • Community Zoom Calls: Each week we are offering time for students, teachers, and staff to connect as a community
  • Weekly Resource Emails & 1 on 1 Calls: We’re sending out up to the minute resources to ensure students and families have access to not only educational services but physical and mental healthcare, daily food, emergency financial supports, reliable technology and more. We are now issuing a survey to assess how needs are evolving so that we can tailor our response going forward.
  • Zoom “Office Hours” for individual student check-ins with BTGB program staff member 
  • Ongoing college application and financial aid support for 11th and 12th graders
  • Virtual SAT Prep Course: For the first time in organization history, we’re developing an online course! SAT Prep will keep our high schoolers solidly on their path to college, getting them ready for tests this spring or next fall. The six-session course will go live on or before April 10!

Resources for Students and Families

We are updating city-specific resources on a weekly basis to support families in navigating the many disruptions to routine and stability in this time.

Please complete the COVID-19 Summer Engagement Survey to help us share the most relevant and helpful resources.

English Survey | Spanish Survey | Portuguese Survey 

Resources for our BOSTON CAMPUS

Resources for our CAMBRIDGE CAMPUS

Resources for our SOMERVILLE CAMPUS