You have to stay in school. You have to. You have to go to college. You have to get your degree. Because that's the one thing people can't take away from you is your education. And it is worth the investment. — Michelle Obama

The Need

Approximately half of the students from high-income communities in the United States will graduate from college, but only one in ten students from under-resourced communities will do so. This achievement gap, in part a product of under-resourced educational institutions, leaves behind too many students who would otherwise succeed. Breakthrough identifies these talented students and assists them in the pursuit of a college education.

Breakthrough starts with middle school students because middle school is a critical period of academic, developmental, and social change, during which students either move forward on the path to high school graduation and college success or get knocked off track. Breakthrough continues supporting these students through their high school career, assisting them in meeting their goal of getting to college.

The Impact

91% of Breakthrough Sacramento students will be the first in their families to attend college.

64% of our Teaching Fellows have gone on to a career in Education.

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Colleges that Breakthrough Sacramento
alumni have attended include:

American River College
CSU Chico
CSU Sacramento
CSU Stanislaus
Folsom Lake College 
Johns Hopkins
Loyola Marymount University
Mills College
Sacramento City College
Saint Mary’s College
San Diego State College
Sonoma State College
UC Berkeley
UC Davis
UC Irvine
UC Merced
UC Riverside
UC Santa Barbara
UC Santa Cruz
University of the Pacific
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
Wesleyan University