BTNY Students excel, despite the devastating effects poverty can have on educational outcomes

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More than ever, young people need the kind of programming we provide

Breakthrough New York students closely mirror the New York City public school population as a whole socioeconomically, with 79 percent of our students qualifying for free or reduced-priced lunch. Yet, despite the poverty-related challenges the students face, BTNY students excel.

The number of students living in poverty in New York City public schools is growing.

The latest Department of Education data shows city schools currently enroll 39,000 more poor students than last year, and a whopping 74 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch, a common measure of poverty levels.

One of many reasons this news is alarming is that poverty can have devastating effects on educational outcomes. According to the US Department of Education, by the end of the 4th grade, low-income students are already two years behind grade level. By the time they reach the 12th grade, they are four years behind. And, students from low-income families are five times more likely to drop out than those from families with higher incomes.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Breakthrough New York students closely mirror the New York City public school population as a whole socioeconomically, with 79 percent of our students qualifying for free or reduced-priced lunch. Yet, despite the poverty-related challenges the students face, BTNY students excel.

After our middle school summer sessions, students demonstrate up to a semester of academic growth in math and reading. In 2018, 100% of our rising 9th grade students enrolled in a high-performing high school, and 100% of our graduating high school seniors matriculated to a four-year college.

We’re able to help our students succeed by providing them with support—including rigorous academic support, test prep, and high school and college admissions guidance—that are too often only available to affluent families who attend schools with a lot of resources.

With so many New York City students living in poverty, more young people than ever need the kind of programming that we provide. By donating to Breakthrough New York, you will help us address this growing need and create more leaders who will break the cycle of poverty in their families.

Thank you for your continued support of our students!