Breakthrough New York In the News


print & Web

November 16, 2017

Tips to help your middle schooler prepare for high school admissions by Joshua Baquedano in Amsterdam News

September 7, 2017

Meet Gabe, a DACA recipient and aspiring South Bronx science teacher who’s helping low-income kids in ThinkProgress 

August 24, 2017

Brearley Students Create App To Help Hungry Kids In NYC in Patch

August 23, 2017

20 New York Organizations Making it Easier for Communities to Learn Coding in Ozobot Blog

August 16, 2017

"Breakthrough Students Visit Yankee Stadium" in Bronx Times

August 2, 2017

"I'm just a little bit angsty’: New York City students talk about what makes them nervous about high school in Chalkbeat

           For many students across the country, switching                              from middle to high school requires little more than a new              bus route.

August 2, 2017

"We are extremely discouraged": Reports of a federal fight on affirmative action already stoking anxiety in Chalkbeat

Organizations aimed at helping more black, Hispanic, and poor students get to college are already worried about reports that the Trump administration plans to fight college affirmative action programs.

May 24, 2017

How to Make the Most of Your Summer Internship in Metro NYC

A summer internship is a great opportunity to enhance your resume and begin learning the skills you’ll need to enter the workforce.

May 23, 2017

DeVos said rejecting choice plan would be a ‘terrible mistake.’ New York education advocates have a different take in Chalkbeat

At a speech in Indianapolis Monday night, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos promised an “ambitious” expansion of school choice — and said it would be a “terrible mistake” if states refuse to participate.

March 9, 2017

City Efforts Fail to Boost Offers to Blacks and Latinos at Top High Schools in DNAInfo

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

Most City High Schools Don't Prep Students Enough for College, Experts Say in DNAInfo

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

One South Bronx Teen Looks to College As Ladder Up, and Out in WNYC

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

City Makes Unwieldy High School Directory Easier to Search Online in DNAInfo

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

Opinion: More Low-Income Students Should Go to Boarding Schools, Like Me in WNYC

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

Program that Aims to Help City Kids from Low-Income... on NY1

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

Cary Leeds tennis center to open in June in BXTimes

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

Program helps bridge diversity gap at New York City's top-tier high schools in PIX 11

“In my neighborhood you don’t really get motivated to do great things,” Kanae Bunche...

february 6, 2015

Educational Breakthrough: FiDi-Based Organization Intervenes in the Lives of Underprivileged Overachieves in The Broadsheet Daily

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

The search for the best 'college-prep' public high schools should be easier for parents and schoolchildren in Daily News

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

Be Our Guest: To diversify gifted and talented programs, quality test prep should be available to all students in New York Daily News

New York City’s specialized high schools and elementary school gifted...

november 8, 2011

Nonprofit's college prep program will help poor Brooklyn students 'breakthrough' and achieve success in New York Daily News

Sharp middle schoolers from poor Brooklyn neighborhoods will be getting a boost...

videos & media

November 14, 2017

Executive Director Rhea Wong and 10th grade student Denniz Quizhpi talk about Breakthrough New York on QPTV

October 11, 2017

Senior Site Coordinator Yasmin Castro discusses tips for applying to high schools on BronxNet's OPEN

August 5, 2017

Executive Director Rhea Wong discusses strategies to avoid summer slide on NY1

July 11, 2017

Executive Director Rhea Wong and rising high school senior Jailene on BRIC-TV

May 10, 2017

Executive Director Rhea Wong, and High School Seniors Kudirat Alimi and Kiara Benejan-Curry on News 12 The Bronx

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

Video here. 

May 22, 2014

Rhea Wong on NY1 Parenting Report with Shelley Goldberg