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

A Taste of College

No amount of online research can replicate the experience of stepping onto a college campus. That’s why Breakthrough Atlanta facilitates campus visits throughout the year for our program’s high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Scholar & Teaching Fellow Alum Spotlight, Jamal Hill

A Positive Trajectory

Former Breakthrough Atlanta scholar and teaching fellow Jamal Hill is an example of how support for Breakthrough Atlanta changes lives…

Teaching Fellow Alum Spotlight: Jaila Mason

A Career-Changing Breakthrough

Jaila Mason, one of Breakthrough Atlanta’s former teaching fellows, had an entirely different career path planned until she experienced a breakthrough…

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...


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