Breakthrough New York In the News
print & Web
March 9, 2017
Despite the city’s efforts to boost diversity at its most elite high schools, the total number of black and Latino students offered slots this year was slightly lower compared to last year, according to Department of Education data released Wednesday.
February 23, 2017
NYN Insights Podcast on Education and Organizing on NYN Media
How do you address the challenge of helping at-risk students move from middle school through college?
December 1, 2016
High school applications are due Thursday, with families allowed to pick up to 12 of the Department of Education’s 400 schools with 700 programs. But the vast majority of the city’s high schools aren’t providing students with what they need to succeed at four-year colleges, parents and experts say.
November 28, 2016
As Eduardo Garcia worked on his college applications, there were several clues he had some extra help. There were multiple notes in the margins of his online document from a coach, and he said he and his mother were done already with their financial aid forms.
November 23, 2016
Breakthrough for New York City’s Low-Income Students in Metro Focus
When it comes to applying to some of the top high schools here in New York City, students from low-income families face an uphill battle.
September 12, 2016
Researching high schools in New York City just got a little easier — at least for tech-savvy families.
September 8, 2016
Open Houses and Closed Doors... in Chalkbeat New York
One day last fall, Ruby Bromberg rushed to her computer and frantically began refreshing the page to see when Bard High School Early College — a high-performing public school in Manhattan — would post its open house registration. When the site went live, she clicked through as fast as she could and snagged a coveted seat.
September 4, 2016
How My First Summer Internship Taught Me to "Breakthrough" on Huffington Post
The picture... cannot even describe the transformative experience I had at the Breakthrough New York Teaching Fellowship.
September 1, 2016
Where is the Outrage About Bad Schools? on Huffington Post
It’s that time of year―fresh backpacks are being packed, new school clothes at the ready. It’s Back to School! Yet, for many kids, there is a sense of dread. Not for the usual reasons like leaving the carefree summer days behind, but because their schools are not places of joy and learning.
June 10, 2016
When I told my friends I was going to a boarding school, they asked me what I had done wrong. That's how it is in my community in Brooklyn; most people don't know about all the high school options available outside New York City's public school system.
May 23, 2016
Educators of Tomorrow Earn Coveted Chance.. in City Limits
This season, an unprecedented number - 650 - of college students from across the country applied for the 64 coveted internships as Breakthrough New York Teaching Fellows.
May 17, 2016
One Less Barrier: SSATB Pilots a Standard Application... in SSATB: The Admission Organization
Access. For children dually confronted by little familiarity with the independent school world and the challenges of a disadvantaged background, the word access can mean something as simple as filling out just one, free application to schools.
April 27, 2016
Breakthrough New York Gala: Challenge is on! in NY Social Agenda
Do you think you’re a genius? Perhaps it’s the high ranking on gaming apps, playing trivia card games and/or crushing it on tv game shows that draws this conclusion. News flash! After attending this particular event on April 19, presented by Breakthrough New York, throw everything you think you know out of the window.
April 15, 2016
Breakthrough New York to Honor Grand Slam Winner... in New York Tennis Magazine
Breakthrough New York will hold its fourth annual Gala on Tuesday, April 19, honoring three inspiring leaders: Grand Slam Winner and ESPN Analyst Chris Evert, Credit Suisse Managing Director Maria Chiodi, and Edgehill Endowment Partners Co-Founder and Managing Partner D. Ellen Shuman.
March 8, 2016
A program that aims to break the cycle of poverty by helping kids get into good high schools and colleges is expanding into the Bronx.
March 2, 2016
Helping NonProfits Build... in NewYorkNonprofit Media
Rhea Wong, Executive Director at Breakthrough New York, has to write reports for donors a few times per year.
February 8, 2016
The Problem with NYC High-School Admissions... in City Limits
Quiet for most of the week, the nondescript brick building in Sunset Park comes alive on weekend mornings.
December 10, 2015
How Some Low-Income Students... in Chalkbeat New York
Maya Holtham describes herself as a talkative girl. High school interviews, she thought, wouldn’t be a problem.
october 25, 2015
Cary Leeds Center new location for BTNY... in Bronx Times
On Monday, October 5, Breakthrough New York held the first day of its after-school program...
september 15, 2015
Front Line Hero: Natalie Cox in NewYork Nonprofit Media
Natalie Cox describes why she cares about making "breakthroughs" happen for students.
August 25, 2015
Readers’ Turn: Eliminate Fafsa? in NY Times
Many economists have pointed out that simplicity or little nudges can go a long way in bettering people's lives.
August 14, 2015
Fight Summer Learning Loss in New York Parenting
This season, most kids will experience the all-too-common phenomenon known as "summer learning loss."
July 14, 2015
Competitive UES Tutoring Program Extends Services to College Students in DNAinfo New York
UPPER EAST SIDE — With 33 other students in his sixth-grade class, Lower East Side...
June 1, 2015
A world-class tennis center is set to open in the Bronx next month.
May 14, 2015
Breakthrough New York Gala in NY Social Agenda
Are you smarter than a Breakthrough New York Student?! Well – are you?...
march 8, 2015
“In my neighborhood you don’t really get motivated to do great things,” Kanae Bunche...
february 6, 2015
A non-profit that recently planted its flag in the heart of the Financial District is...
December 29, 2014
Brooklyn whiz kid bypasses top city school for Mass. academy in New York Daily News
Adrian Eastmond, 14, was one of seven black city students offered admission...
November 24, 2014
Elite NYC schools wrestle with drop in black, Hispanic students in Aljazeera America
At 13, Kanae Bunch knows her ticket out of the South Bronx. "Even if they call you nerd...
october 27, 2014
Minority Kids Get Intensive Test Prep to Win Spots in Elite High Schools in DNAinfo New York
FORT GREENE — When Leah Herrera was in sixth grade, she had never heard...
october 6, 2014
As concern grows over the low number of black and Latino students at New York City’s specialized...
july 15, 2013
Ivy League mentors help low-income students in News 12 Brooklyn
Ivy League college students from Harvard, Yale and Columbia are spending...
april 19, 2013
Letter to the Editor in The Broadsheet Daily
Since 1974, National Volunteer Week has focused attention on the impact...
April 8, 2013
New York City’s specialized high schools and elementary school gifted...
november 8, 2011
Sharp middle schoolers from poor Brooklyn neighborhoods will be getting a boost...
videos & media
April 14, 2017
Marques White takes a look at what Betsy DeVos means for education in America on i24 News English and Executive Director Rhea Wong weighs in
November 29, 2016
Chief of Staff Amy Cruz and Bronx Student Kingsley Boateng on News 12 The Bronx
November 17, 2016
Executive Director Rhea Wong on WPLJ
September 12, 2016
Executive Director, Rhea Wong, and Bronx Site Coordinator Josh Baquedano on Bronxnet's BronxTalk
June 11, 2016
Executive Director, Rhea Wong, and High School Senior Nahomi Pineda on Fox 5's Good Day Street Talk
march 23, 2015
Executive Director, Rhea Wong, on CUNY Television: One to One with Sheryl McCarthy
November 16, 2014
Rhea Wong on abc7NY: Up Close: Public Education in NYC
June 30, 2014
Rhea Wong on NBCNY: The Debrief with David Ushery
May 22, 2014
Rhea Wong on NY1 Parenting Report with Shelley Goldberg
May 10, 2016
New York SmartCEO Selects Breakthrough New York Executive Director Rhea Wong as 2015 Brava Award Winner
July 24, 2015
BREAKTHROUGH NEW YORK RAISES NEARLY $600,000 AT ANNUAL GALA CELEBRATING 16 YEARS OF SUPPORTING LOW-INCOME, HIGH-ACHIEVING STUDENTS
May 13, 2015