Jaden: Our Jack Kent Cooke Scholar

Jaden: Our Jack Kent Cooke Scholar

We’re always excited to boast about the achievements of our students! This month, we’re sharing the news about Jaden, our 8th grader at the Excellence Boys Charter School in Brooklyn.

Jaden – who is at our Brooklyn middle school site - just received word that he has been accepted as a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholar. He’s one of only 45 students from across the country to recently earn acceptance into this program.

“My parents are really proud of me,” Jaden says. “Financially this is really big news; it alleviates the financial pressures with school.”

Susan M. Blum Teaching Excellence Award 2016 Winners

In December 2015, the Breakthrough New York community lost Susan Blum, a lifelong educator and BTNY advocate. She was a professional educator at The Professional Children's School, Little Red Schoolhouse, and the Town School. A founding board member, Susan was also a staunch supporter of BTNY and deeply committed to our Students Teaching Students model as a pathway to creating the next generation of teachers.

As a tribute to her passion, dedication, and commitment to BTNY's mission, we created the Susan M. Blum Teaching Excellence Award to be awarded to a Teaching Fellow at each of our middle school program sites who demonstrated the most excellence in teaching or growth as an educator during our summer programming. Click through to learn more about 2016's recipients!