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30th Anniversary Alumni Spotlights

Student Testimonials

Celebrating 30 Years of Breakthroughs: Josh Gresham-Connor

Celebrating 30 Years of Breakthroughs: Josh Gresham-Connor

Pausing to acknowledge Breakthrough’s 30th anniversary year is bittersweet. I am so incredibly proud of this program that has been such an important part of my life AND a little resentful of the reminder of just how old I am these days! I’ve been involved with Breakthrough since 1994 and have seen, first-hand, how this joyful, intentional, and transformative community impacts the lives of students and teachers.

Nayeli, Boston Campus Class of 2019

Nayeli, Boston Campus Class of 2019

  I truly believe I would not be in the position I am today if it had not been for Breakthrough. The profound impact they have had on my life has inspired me to one day create my own nonprofit organization for immigrant students.- Nayeli, Breakthrough Boston...

Thens, Boston Campus Class of 2019

Thens, Boston Campus Class of 2019

My Breakthrough community has shown me how important and powerful it can be to have a group of supportive people around you long-term. I want to make sure other people have the support they need to overcome life’s challenges. – Thens, Breakthrough Boston Campus class of 2019

Kevin Xiong Breakthrough Student

Kevin Xiong Breakthrough Student

" After two summers, I grew from a quiet and soft-spoken middle school kid into a student with high expectations – for my teachers, for my peers, and for myself." - Kevin Xiong, Breakthrough Student Alum, Class of 2017   I often tell others that I became a part...

Thens Duviella, Breakthrough Student

Thens Duviella, Breakthrough Student

"In school, you don’t always have a chance to communicate with lots of different people but in Breakthrough, everything we do is focused on how we all make up one strong community." - Thens Thens Duviella, Boston Campus, Class of 2019 My name is Thens Duviella and I...

Teacher Testimonials

Celebrating 30 Years of Breakthroughs: Josh Gresham-Connor

Celebrating 30 Years of Breakthroughs: Josh Gresham-Connor

Pausing to acknowledge Breakthrough’s 30th anniversary year is bittersweet. I am so incredibly proud of this program that has been such an important part of my life AND a little resentful of the reminder of just how old I am these days! I’ve been involved with Breakthrough since 1994 and have seen, first-hand, how this joyful, intentional, and transformative community impacts the lives of students and teachers.

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Alexandra Chang, Teaching Fellow

Alexandra Chang, Teaching Fellow

 "I had always loved school and teachers, but I was on the fence about a career in education. Joining Breakthrough was the catalyst. - Alexandra Chang, Founding Teaching and current Instructional Coach, Boston Campus Breakthrough’s Summer Program was filled with the...

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Bria Watson, Teaching Fellow

Bria Watson, Teaching Fellow

  “I talk about Breakthrough and every time, I cry…. because it has given me so much. I am starting a teaching career because of what I learned there, over the best summers of my life.”  - Bria Watson, Founding Teaching Fellow, Somerville Campus When a classmate...

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Celebrating, Breakthrough Style!