Learn. Teach. Inspire.

Learn. Teach. Inspire.

Our mission at Breakthrough Greater Boston

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

We prepare low-income students for success in college and in life while also training the next generation of teachers using a unique Students Teaching Students model. Through our ten-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.

Founded by MacArthur Genius Award winner Angela Duckworth in 1992 in Cambridge, we expanded into Boston in 2013, followed by Somerville in 2018. Annually, Breakthrough serves as many as 750 students (and counting!) and trains 150 Teaching Fellows.

Building Paths to College

Key Results

of our students are accepted to four-year colleges
of alumni have persisted through college graduation
of our teaching fellows continue in education

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