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A lot has changed in the last 25 years, but our purpose has not. We have stayed true to our dual mission to increase academic opportunity for highly motivated, underserved students and get them into college ready to succeed; and inspire and develop the next generation of teachers and educational leaders.

Breakthrough Atlanta students

Every young person deserves access to an excellent education and the encouragement to succeed, but long-standing and complex inequities create gaps that disproportionately prevent some students from getting the resources and support they need to attend college. For 25 years, Breakthrough Atlanta has been closing these gaps.


To combat summer learning loss that occurs among students whose families don’t have the means to pay for quality summer enrichment—and to address education inequities resulting from systemic societal barriers—we engage students while they’re in middle school—a time of tremendous academic, developmental, and social change. Through summer and yearlong programming and support, Breakthrough Atlanta works with students and their parents or caregivers to enable a successful pathway to high school graduation, college, and beyond. And by simultaneously offering a hands-on teaching internship experience unlike any other for college students, we create a critical pipeline of future educators.

At Breakthrough Atlanta, our students, teaching fellows, volunteers and staff regularly recite an affirmation. This affirmation not only reflects who we are, but it embodies the passion we have for our purpose. It’s a passion that we’ve had for 25 years, and one we will carry forward well into the future.


We are Breakthrough Atlanta:

We are the young people who make a difference,

striving toward academic success and personal mastery.

We participate fully in a six-year, year-round,

academically intense, study-skills based enrichment program.

We come with open minds, willing hearts, caring souls, and high expectations.

We are people of humility, wisdom, nurturing, and forgiveness.

We are Breakthrough Atlanta.


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