Breakthrough Sacramento

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

39 donors

56% complete

$15,000 Goal

Breakthrough Sacramento Proudly Celebrates 30 Years of Impact in 2024! 

Breakthrough Sacramento has successfully provided educational opportunities to students attending Title 1 schools in Sacramento since 1994. Over the past 30 years, the program has assisted more than 4,000 students, all of whom have graduated high school, and 85% have enrolled in college.  Breakthrough Sacramento has also provided pre-professional training to more than 500 diverse future educators.  

Breakthrough's mission is to partner with under-resourced students on a path to becoming THE FIRST in their families to earn a college degree. Additionally, as a dual program, Breakthrough is also a preprofessional training program for diverse high school and college students who aspire to become future educators.  

Breakthrough Sacramento is one of 25 independent affiliate sites of the Breakthrough National Collaborative, located from California to New York.  We all share the same mission, to lead first generation youth on to success in college and educate future diverse educators by employing a peer/mentor method.   

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Breakthrough Sacramento believes in the power of education to radically change lives, families, and communities. Students join Breakthrough before 7th grade and receive ongoing support through high school completion, while inspiring committed, talented, high school and college students from around the country to teach our students and to pursue careers in education. As a six-year program, Breakthrough mentors and tutors students to successfully navigate high school, assist them with college counseling as they make their college selection, and works to ensure they thrive in college and beyond.


1. Summer Breakthrough Needs

- Stipends for our Teaching Fellows (20): $3,600 x 20

- Stipends for our Mentor Teachers (4): $3,500 x 4

- Stipends for our summer Dean of Students and Dean of Faculty (2): $4,000 x 2

- Bus transportation for up to 200 students for six weeks: $25,000

- Books for Literature class: $1,000

- Science supplies: $1,500

- Summer T-shirts: $700

- Healthy Snacks: $3,000

2. School year Weekly Tutoring Needs

- School Supplies: $1,500

3. High School College Counseling/College Prep Needs

- School Supplies, including Road to College step-by-step binder: $2,500

- Three College Tour field trips: $2,500

- SAT/SAT Prep: Volunteer support

- Financial Aid and Scholarship Research

Volunteer support

1. Hosts are needed to sponsor college-age teachers from June-August. They are independent, intelligent, and enthusiastic aspiring students who bring great energy to your home.

2. Career Day participants are needed to talk about their careers and project the opportunities that exist to graduates of all backgrounds, economic beginnings, gender, race, and religion.

3. College readiness and application counseling mentors.

4. Volunteers to offer tutoring services, support field trips, and support fundraising events.

Non-perishable breakfast foods and snacks. Students arrive at 8:00 am during the summer and are fed breakfast, provided with snacks, and are given lunch.

Chromebooks for summer programming and laptops for high school students are needed. It is uncommon for Breakthrough's high school students to have their own personal laptops. This puts them at a disadvantage and compromises the depth of their education, independence, and ability to compete in our technology-driven world. Breakthrough is also in need of robotic supplies from Parallax to expand STEM programming. Breakthrough Sacramento is evolving its Supervisory Committee and seeks active support from business/community members. Individuals are sought with a passion for serving the underserved and delivering excellent educational experiences that assure young people become ready to work in meaningful careers.

Equity Statement

Our vision and mission reflect our fundamental belief that all people belong and deserve fairness, justice, and inclusivity. Breakthrough’s strength comes from our diversity, and we celebrate the visible and invisible qualities that make each person unique, including race, gender, age, sexuality, ability, religion, national origin, gender identity, and other identities.

We commit to aligning our culture and business practices to be a beacon of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging for all people. Breakthrough will reflect diversity in organizational governance, volunteer structure, staffing, funding decisions, and policies. Through our commitment to diversity, we strive to be a role model in our community.

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Organization Data


Organization name

Breakthrough Sacramento

other names


Year Established


Mission Category


Operating Budget

$500,001-$1 million

Organization Need

Funding: Program, Volunteers, In-Kind Donations, Technology, Board Members

Demographics Served

Youth & Children, Low-income individuals/families

Local Counties Served



3400 3rd Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95817

Service areas

Sacramento, CA, US

Carmichael, CA, US

Rancho Cordova, CA, US

Elk Grove, CA, US

West Sacramento, CA, US



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