Donation is part of Jets’ new $800,000 commitment to combatting social inequality
(New York, N.Y.) – The New York Jets announced that the team is committing $160,000 each to Breakthrough New York (BTNY) and four other social justice organizations that aim to combat social inequality and reduce barriers to opportunity.
BTNY is a nonprofit organization that transforms the lives of talented students from low-income backgrounds with comprehensive support from middle school through college and into careers, including summer and afterschool academic programming, mentoring, test prep, and high school and college application guidance. The organization strives to create leaders who break the cycle of poverty in their families and effect positive change in their communities.
“We are honored to receive this generous donation from the New York Jets players and ownership, along with the NFL Foundation, and we applaud their commitment to combatting social inequality,” said BTNY Executive Director Beth Onofry. “Breakthrough New York is lucky to work with some of the most inspiring and dedicated students in New York City, and we are proud that their hard work is being recognized and supported by the Jets.”
BTNY boasts a stellar track record of preparing students for college. In 2018, all of the program’s rising 9th grade students matriculated to college prep high schools and 100% of its graduating seniors matriculated to four-year colleges. With three program sites in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, BTNY draws students from across New York City.
The organization was founded as Summerbridge at The Town School in 1999 and has since expanded in size and scope, now serving 629 students and providing a full 10 years of support for every student it serves.
The New York Jets leadership committee was formed in 2017 and includes players Kelvin Beachum, Ben Ijalana, Steve McClendon and Josh McCown. In addition to BTNY, the committee selected the The Black Alliance for Just Immigration, JustLeadershipUSA, The Legal Aid Society’s Decarceration Project, and The New York Foundling to receive a $160,000 grant, for a total investment of $800,000. Each organization focuses on education, community and police relations, criminal justice reform or other initiatives including reducing poverty, racial equality, and workforce development.
“Inadequate access to resources for education, poverty reduction or racial equality has effected every member of our locker room,” said Kelvin Beachum. “From the communities we came from, to the one we now call home–it is abundantly clear that these organizations are not only needed but are causing direct change in the fight against social inequality.”
About Breakthrough New York
Breakthrough New York (BTNY) transforms the lives of talented kids from low-income backgrounds by providing educational support from middle school through college and into careers. BTNY also inspires talented young people to enter careers in education through its students-teaching-students model. The organization’s goal is to create leaders who break the cycle of poverty in their families and effect positive change in their communities. Learn more at www.btny.org. Follow BTNY on social media: Facebook – Instagram – Twitter @BreakthroughNY