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Join the Breakthrough Family!

Interested in becoming a Breakthrough scholar?

Our scholars are highly motivated middle school students who are curious about the world around them. Every summer, they spend six intensive weeks with us where they polish up their academic and social skills. They walk into the school year ahead of the curve and with new friends from their Breakthrough family. They maintain their excellence throughout the year by participating in our Fall and Spring programs. Our scholars go on to attend college at a rate of 64% — a full ten points higher than the Birmingham City School average. 

We run year round programming — summer, fall, and spring sessions. Click below to find out more.

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7th and 8th Graders
7th and 8th graders please click here to apply.
BTB 2021 7th/8th Grade School Year Programming Application: Semester 2
Dear Families, We are so excited about our second semester of Breakthrough School Year Program! We are thrilled to continue supporting scholars with their individual needs, building community, and providing enrichment opportunities. We know that with all of the current uncertainty, Breakthrough is more important than ever! Please complete this application by Friday, January 29th. This application is for our virtual program running from February 20 to April 24. ALL PROGRAMMING WILL BE VIRTUAL. We know that this is an uncertain and changing time, and we look forward to working with our families to support our scholars. Please contact btbinfo@breakthroughcollaborative.org with any questions. Thank you!
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Resource and Scheduling Information
Mandatory Spring Semester Programming
Students are required to attend weekly Support Time and monthly Super Saturdays.
Optional Spring Semester Programming: Clubs
The enrichment opportunities below (Book Club and Coding Club) are OPTIONAL. If a scholar signs up, the expectation is that the scholar attends EVERY week. Please select any additional programming you would like your scholar to attend WEEKLY. *Space is limited for Coding and Book Club.
Getting Ready for the Semester
Education Information
Thank you! Please feel free to contact us at btbinfo@breakthroughcollaborative.org with any questions, suggestions, or concerns!

9th Graders
9th graders please click here to apply.
BTB 2021 7th/8th Grade School Year Programming Application: Semester 2
Dear Families, We are so excited about our second semester of Breakthrough School Year Program! We are thrilled to continue supporting scholars with their individual needs, building community, and providing enrichment opportunities. We know that with all of the current uncertainty, Breakthrough is more important than ever! Please complete this application by Friday, January 29th. This application is for our virtual program running from February 20 to April 24. ALL PROGRAMMING WILL BE VIRTUAL. We know that this is an uncertain and changing time, and we look forward to working with our families to support our scholars. Please contact btbinfo@breakthroughcollaborative.org with any questions. Thank you!
Student and Guardian Information
Scholar Information
Parent/Guardian Information
Resource and Scheduling Information
Mandatory Spring Semester Programming
Students are required to attend weekly Support Time and monthly Super Saturdays.
Optional Spring Semester Programming: Clubs
The enrichment opportunities below (Book Club and Coding Club) are OPTIONAL. If a scholar signs up, the expectation is that the scholar attends EVERY week. Please select any additional programming you would like your scholar to attend WEEKLY. *Space is limited for Coding and Book Club.
Getting Ready for the Semester
Education Information
Thank you! Please feel free to contact us at btbinfo@breakthroughcollaborative.org with any questions, suggestions, or concerns!

10th Graders

10th graders please click here to apply.

BTB 10th Grade School Year Program Application (2020-21)
Please complete this application by Monday, February 8th. This application is for our second semester of virtual school year program, which will run from February to April. To participate in our first semester of programming, scholars are committing to (1) attend special programs via Zoom from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. one Saturday per month and (2) attend one monthly 20 minute individual Zoom check-in with a member of the Breakthrough team. We know that this is an uncertain time, and we look forward to working with our families to support our scholars. Please contact mmichel@breakthroughcollaborative.org with any questions. Thank you!
Student and Guardian Information
Scholar Information
Parent/Guardian Information
Resource and Scheduling Information
Education Information
Thank you! Please feel free to contact us at btbinfo@breakthroughcollaborative.org with any questions, suggestions, or concerns!

Interest Form

Want us to let you know when summer applications open? Please click here to fill out our interest form.

Interested in volunteering?

Breakthrough recognizes the critical role that volunteers and partnerships play in effecting change. Breakthrough knows that long-term success depends on the strength of partnerships. We work with our partners to connect, harness, and leverage the resources needed to successfully launch and sustain impactful programs. Breakthrough has developed a wide range of opportunities to meaningfully engage volunteers in our work. These range from one-time events to ongoing assignments. Apply today or just shoot us an email if you have any questions or concerns. We would love to work with you!

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Volunteer Application
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(Optional) Submit A Resume
Once you click "register" we will review your account and make a decision on your enrollment. Please keep an eye on your email for future contact.

Seeking management experience?

Our Volunteer coordinator position has been developed both to assist Breakthrough Birmingham with volunteer management and foster career development from within our community. This position is a 15 week internship position that focuses on bringing individuals with excellent time management skills, an outgoing personality and the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of people. 

Our Volunteer Coordinator will be responsible for:

  • matching volunteers with opportunities that suits their skill set 
  • Ensuring volunteers are appreciated and satisfied by maintaining a healthy work environment
  • Keeping existing volunteers informed via newsletters or other communications
  • Recruiting, interviewing, training, and managing BTB volunteers
  • Leading and implementing volunteer trainings
  • Creating and implementing volunteer appreciation and recognition events
  • Giving constructive feedback when appropriate

If this sounds like the right fit for you please feel free to submit an application below or contact us at btbinfo@breakthroughcollaborative.org

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Volunteer Coordinator Application
Volunteer Coordinator Application
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Submit A Resume
Once you click "register" we will review your account and make a decision on your enrollment. Please keep an eye on your email for future contact.

Interested in teaching at Breakthrough?

Every year, undergraduate students from around the US make a commitment to bring joy and excellence into their classrooms. Those relationships continue long after their time with us. Our families trust that our teaching fellows will follow through on the promise to expose their children to new experiences and skills to help them become their best selves. Our fellows not only leave our program ready to take on the professional world but are more developed as advocates and leaders.

Undergraduate college students, apply now to become a part of Breakthrough Birmingham.

Breakthrough Collaborative

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