Breakthrough Sacramento

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

53 donors

85% complete

$20,000 Goal

According to the Children's Defense Fund of California, child poverty has negative consequences that last a lifetime: children from financial disadvantaged households are less healthy, less likely to enter school ready to learn, and less likely to graduate from high school than their peers. Further, these students typically attend under-resourced neighborhood schools where they are unlikely to achieve their academic potential.

- Only 24% of Sacramento's students classified as "economically-disadvantaged" met math standards, compared to 58% of their more affluent peers. (California Dept. of Ed, 2016, CAASPP testing)
- Only 33% of Sacramento's students classified as "economically-disadvantaged" met English language Arts standards, compared to 64% of their more affluent peers. (California Dept. of Ed, 2016, ELA CAASPP testing)
- California's average student: teacher ratio is 24:1, ranking it 49th in the nation. Sacramento County's average student-to-teacher ratio is also 24:1. (National Center for Education Statistics, Jan. 2018/California Dept. of Ed.)

At Breakthrough, we are dedicated to delivering educational equity, partnering with students year-round for six years to draw them over the academic achievement gap, build their confidence and leadership, and guide them to succeed in college.

According to US Census Bureau research, once a student from a low-income household acquires a Bachelor's Degree, there is only a 5% chance he/she will ever return to a life of poverty. Education is the antidote that empowers youth, strengthens families, and ultimately improves communities.


Breakthrough is a year-round, tuition-free, college preparatory program for motivated youth attending under-resourced schools in Sacramento. Breakthrough also serves as a pre-professional training program for college students who wish to pursue careers in education.


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.

Organization Data


Organization name

Breakthrough Sacramento

other names


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

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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