Mission & Vision
Mission: Breakthrough Twin Cities supports students on their journey to college by fostering a community of mutual learning with the next generation of educators so they both can collaborate, grow, and thrive.
Vision: Breakthrough Twin Cities envisions a future where all students have the resources to reach their full potential, where every classroom is led by an engaging teacher committed to each student’s success, and where society as a whole realizes the ultimate social and economic benefits of fully investing in its youth.
Breakthrough Twin Cities provides a six-year college access program to support historically under-represented students and their families in the Twin Cities. In middle school, we provide academic enrichment programming during the summer, in which college and high-school students serve as Teaching Fellows and inspire students to grow and reach their goals. Our high school program helps students navigate school, the rigors of college preparation, and other challenges as they grow and develop. All students attend monthly Saturday sessions during the school year.
CLASS OF 2022 ACCEPTANCE TO COLLEGE
100% of students in the Class of 2022 were accepted to college (compared to the 69% state average). The average student had 89% of costs covered by scholarships and grants. The average annual scholarship awarded to a BTC graduate was $47,608.
STUDENTS REPORT BEING MORE PREPARED FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR BECAUSE OF BREAKTHROUGH TWIN CITIES
We currently serve 533 students enrolled in grades 7 – 12. 70% of our high school students are enrolled in at least one honors course, with 35% enrolled in 3 or more honors courses.
TEACHING FELLOWS IDENTIFIED AS PEOPLE OF COLOR
During the summer of 2021, we employed 47 Teaching Fellows. Compared to 7.3% of teachers of color in Minnesota, 55% of our Teaching Fellows identified as persons of color, providing vital role models for our students.
TEACHING FELLOWS REPORT THAT THEY GREW AS A TEACHER AS A RESULT OF OUR FELLOWSHIP
Nine of our Teaching Fellows had past experience as a Breakthrough Twin Cities student, and six came back to teach for a second year.