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Mission, Vision, & Values

Who We Are


Breakthrough uses a unique “students-teaching-students” model to create our rigorous, vibrant learning communities in the Birmingham community, where highly motivated, traditionally underrepresented students achieve post-secondary success and emerging leaders are inspired to become the next generation of educators and advocates.


We envision a community populated by transformational learning communities, where equitable access to excellent opportunities propels aspiring students on their path to college and aspiring teachers on their path to the classroom.


We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community, one that represents but is not limited to: race, gender identity, class, ability status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, and religion. Our individual stories shape and define Breakthrough. They make us better for our students. We work to ensure that all identities — and particularly ones that have been marginalized — are represented and supported, both in who we staff and who we serve.

Breakthrough Collaborative

180 Grand Ave #1225, Oakland, CA 94612, USA