Breakthrough Atlanta Joins National Registry of Community-Based Organizations

Breakthrough Atlanta Joins National Registry of Community-Based Organizations

New registry connects CBOs to colleges, helps more students access higher education Atlanta, GA — Breakthrough Atlanta, a nonprofit that provides an academically intense pathway to college for motivated metro Atlanta public school students, joins the Coalition CBO ID Registry, a vetted, national registry of CBOs that support and advise students in their college preparations. The registry was established by the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, a group of 140-plus colleges and universities across the U.S. that is committed to making college a reality for all high school students through its set of free, online college planning tools that helps them learn about, prepare for, and apply to college. For the first time, a CBO that is nonprofit, provides support services to students (preK-14), and/or directly advises students in…
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Breakthrough Atlanta Appoints New Executive Director

Breakthrough Atlanta Appoints New Executive Director

[caption id="attachment_619" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Monique Shields, Breakthrough Atlanta Executive Director[/caption] ATLANTA, GA (January 22, 2018) - Breakthrough Atlanta (BTA), in its twenty-second year of pursuing its mission to put Atlanta public school students on a six-year pathway to college, has announced the appointment of Monique Shields as the organization’s new executive director. Shields will begin in her new role on Monday, January 29. “We are very excited to welcome Monique to the Breakthrough Atlanta team,” said David Ghegan, Chairman of the Board of Breakthrough Atlanta. “Monique’s leadership experience in the nonprofit sector and her extensive relationships in the Atlanta community make her the ideal choice to lead Breakthrough into its exciting next chapter.” Shields has enjoyed a nearly twenty-year career in the nonprofit sector, most recently serving as Chief Operating…
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Dikembe Mutombo: The long view

Dikembe Mutombo: The long view

How NBA star Dikembe Mutombo came to save untold lives in Africa and transform a country. By Mickey Goodman / For the AJC At the clang of the bell marking the end of the school day, third-grader Dikembe Mutombo grabbed his schoolbooks and loped across the wide street in Kinshasa, capital of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to the American Embassy, his movements as graceful as a gazelle. His friends, always three strides behind, were in hot pursuit, all eager to see the latest American movie shown free daily. But only Dikembe stopped at the bulletin board to read articles about the U.S. where he soaked up every word about the astronauts, President Jimmy Carter and sports, particularly basketball. “I was fascinated when I saw movie clips of the…
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Retired and Current NBA Players Come Together for Local Students’ Educational Achievements and A Path to College

Retired and Current NBA Players Come Together for Local Students’ Educational Achievements and A Path to College

Atlanta – May 8, 2017 – Breakthrough Atlanta, in partnership with the National Basketball Retired Players Association (Atlanta Chapter), is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Celebrity Basketball Game to be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. Hosted at The Lovett School, Wallace Gymnasium, and presented by Aaron’s, Inc., the game will feature a friendly competition between Team Dale Ellis and Team Dikembe Mutombo, along with fellow NBA legends Jaylen Brown, Tom Gugliotta, Stephen Jackson, Theo Ratliff, Peerless Price, Dale Davis, Deandre (Mosquito) Bray, Joe Smith, Jamario Moon, and Drew Barry. Tickets may be purchased for $15 online or at the door. (more…)
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Breakthrough Atlanta Receives Grant from the Whitehead Foundation

Breakthrough Atlanta Receives Grant from the Whitehead Foundation

ATLANTA, GA (April 25, 2017) - Breakthrough Atlanta (BTA) is proud to announce that it is the recipient of a $325,000 grant from the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation. The grant will be used to purchase two 40-passenger buses and two 14-passenger buses to transport students to and from the wide range of metro Atlanta public schools that Breakthrough Atlanta serves. (more…)
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Annual Celebrity Basketball Game –  Sat, May 20, 2017 4pm

Annual Celebrity Basketball Game – Sat, May 20, 2017 4pm

Breakthrough Atlanta and the National Basketball Retired Players Association – Atlanta Chapter is proud to present our 3rd annual celebrity basketball game. The game will be held  May 20, 2017 on the campus of The Lovett School. Once again Team Dikembe Mutumbo will battle Team Dale Ellis. Please come out and enjoy the afternoon with us. There will be music, prizes and fun to be had by all. Sponsored by: (more…)
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Building Dr. King’s Beloved Community

Building Dr. King’s Beloved Community

"Building Dr. King's Beloved Community" This is the 2nd joint Black History Month program sponsored by The Lovett School and Breakthrough Atlanta. Black History Month Panel Discussion Friday, February 17, 2017 Hendrix-Chenault Theater 6:30 pm Spend an evening listening to a thought-provoking panel discussion, "Building King's Beloved Community," with Valerie Jackson, Martin Luther King III, and Atlanta Police Chief George Turner (Ret.), moderated by Lovett’s Billy Peebles.
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