Testimonials & Accomplishments

Breakthrough Atlanta Teacher

We are Breakthrough Atlanta

Part of the Breakthrough Collaborative National Program

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.

Breakthrough Atlanta students and their families make a commitment to participate in the Breakthrough program for six years, from 6th grade through 12th grade.

In the end, their dedication pays off:


of Breakthrough Atlanta students
graduate high school and more than


enroll in college.

Breakthrough’s teaching fellows gain invaluable skills that prepare them for the classroom or other professional settings.


of our Teaching Fellows go on to pursue a career in education.


say they are more interested in a career in education because of their Breakthrough experience.

“Being one of the first in my family to have the opportunity to go to college seemed like a dream, but my teaching fellows at Breakthrough taught me that it could be a reality. I’ve obtained scholarships, honors, and was even the Valedictorian of my high school and that was largely due to my Breakthrough experience.”

-Breanna Ross, Breakthrough Atlanta Alumna, Texas A&M University, Class of 2020

The Power of Mentorship

José’s Breakthrough experience had such a profound impact that he decided to change his career path.

Becoming a Change Agent

Kennedy Robbins is preparing to graduate from Spelman University this May with a degree in Elementary Education, but she has already made a big impact in the lives of many young students.

Opportunity in Failure

Former Breakthrough Atlanta scholar Esco Hill of “Esco Eats” used failure as a foundation for a thriving business. Former Breakthrough Atlanta scholar Esco Hill has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. While in college at Jackson State University majoring in Business...

Building Skills for College and Beyond

Scholar Spotlight: DeAndrea Donate DeAndrea, a Breakthrough Atlanta student and high school junior, fondly recalls how Breakthrough Atlanta’s summer programming helped her get ahead in school. “There was a lot of hands-on learning, a lot of visual learning, and a lot...

Exploring the Laws of Physics

Teaching Fellow Spotlight: Michael Chen Michael Chen attends Emory University, where he is majoring in neuroscience. He plans to attend medical school next year and hopes to be involved in medical education. This summer, Mr. Chen taught science, technology,...
Breakthrough Atlanta Scholar Spotlight Simeon

A Natural Leader in the Classroom

Scholar Spotlight: Simeon Meet Simeon, a 9th grade student at Chamblee High School. Simeon enjoys playing basketball, performing community service through his church, and participating in the Dekalb Alphas Mentoring Initiative through the Nu Mu Lambda Chapter of Alpha...
Breakthrough Atlanta Teacher Fellow Perryman

A Relatable Mentor

Teaching Fellow Spotlight: Lee Perryman Lee Perryman attends Kennesaw State University, where he is majoring in K-5 Early Education. His passion to serve at Breakthrough is reflected in his favorite quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Everyone can be great...

Paying it Forward

Graduate Spotlight: Elizabeth Elizabeth graduated in May 2021 from Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, and her accomplishments are remarkable. She graduated with honors and has already earned college credits through a dual enrollment program.  Elizabeth...
Teacher-Fellow-Brianna-Brown Breakthrough Atlanta

Showing that College is within Reach

Teaching Fellow Spotlight: Brianna Brown Brianna Brown graduated from the University of Alabama, where she majored in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  Ms. Brown participated in Breakthrough's Teaching Fellowship program in 2019 and returned for a second...

The Power to Get an Education

Scholar Spotlight: Savannah Savannah, a student at Westlake High School in southwest Atlanta, joined the Breakthrough Atlanta program in the summer after her 6th grade year, and the Breakthrough team continues to support her on the path to college. “I feel like as a...


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