Change Lives by leading under-served and under-represented youth across the academic achievement gap, nurturing their capabilities as bright and academically motivated youth, and helping them identify their path to success in college.

Breakthrough Summer Teaching Fellows:

  • Experience 6 weeks of hands-on teaching of math, science, literature, or writing for motivated and talented 7th, 8th, or 9th grade students

  • Receive 80 hours of training before classes begin

  • Work in small, manageable classes of 8 or less

  • Obtain continuous guidance and support from an assigned mentor teacher, BSAC staff, volunteers, and peers.

  • Find personal growth via public speaking, leadership, classroom management, time management, and academic lesson planning and execution.

Breakthrough Teachers in Their Own Words


"Breakthrough is a sanctuary where everyone involved can retreat from a world full of problems and turmoil to an idealized paradise of learning, growth, and smiles."

"Breakthrough is about reaching out to motivated students, showing them the path to success, and encouraging them to choose their path."

"Breakthrough is setting high expectations for our kids – and supporting them so they can reach that level of excellence."

"Breakthrough has always been free of the condescending, pitying sentiment that lowers expectations for people with different backgrounds and challenging lives. Breakthrough is a ‘Workshop in Education’ and mediocrity is never acceptable.”


Summer Teaching Fellows 

Breakthrough Collaborative supports campus recruiters at selected universities that are schools Breakthrough students aspire to attend. An applicant to the Summer Teaching Fellowship can apply to up to three Breakthrough sites, ranking their preferences. Breakthrough Sacramento selects a cohort of summer teachers who represent a diversity of schools, with some high school students as well. Summer Teaching Fellows at Breakthrough Sacramento the past three years have represented these schools:

Brown University
CSU Long Beach, Sacramento, San Francisco
Duke University
Loyola Marymount University
Occidental College
St. Mary's College of California
Stanford University
UC Berkeley, Davis, Los Angeles, Merced, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz
University of Arizona
University of Florida
University of Virginia
University of San Francisco
Wesleyan University
Whitman College 

Weekly Breakthrough Teachers

Breakthrough Sacramento is an off campus employer for students receiving federal work study at UC Davis and Sacramento State. Volunteers are also welcomed. Weekly Breakthrough are held at five locations throughout Sacramento: Fern Bacon Middle School (South Sacramento); Harmon Johnson School (Del Paso Heights), Rosa Parks Middle School (Meadowview); Sam Brannan Middle School (South Sacramento), and Smythe Academy Charter (Gardenland/North Sacramento). Weekly Breakthrough sessions last two hours after school, once per week per site, and volunteers can help with one or more sites, schedule permitting.