BREAKTHROUGH NEW YORK TO CELEBRATE 15 YEARS OF SUPPORTING MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH APRIL 29TH GALA
March 14, 2014
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-Nonprofit to host second annual competition, Are You Smarter Than a Breakthrough New York Student?, honor Bonnie Litt and David Sherman at Tribeca Rooftop event-
(New York, N.Y.) – Breakthrough New York will celebrate 15 years of success at its annual gala on Tuesday, April 29th by pitting attendees against students in an engaging trivia competition, Are You Smarter Than a Breakthrough New York Student?
Breakthrough New York is a unique college-prep educational program shepherding low-income, high-potential students from middle school to college. With rigorous, creative academics and unconditional support, Breakthrough encourages academic excellence by serving students and preparing future generations of teachers.
“As we enter our 15th year, Breakthrough New York continues to flourish and lead legions of new students to worlds of success,” said Executive Director Rhea Wong. “We have evolved from a budding afterschool program into a unique, six-year program that not only helps students succeed but creates new generations of teachers.”
Breakthrough New York will celebrate the work of two individuals pivotal to its success: Bonnie Litt, Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at Goldman Sachs, and David Sherman, President of Metropolitan Real Estate Equity Management.
Since its founding in 1999, Breakthrough New York served 426 students and families from across New York City. At its original site at The Town School on the Upper East Side, and new, second location at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn, Breakthrough New York begins supporting students the moment they exit 6th grade.
Over the last five years, 100% of its students went on to specialized high schools, boarding schools and prep schools, and 100% of its students went on to four-year colleges in 2013. Each year, demand for its services grows; in 2013, 256 students applied for the 69 spots in Breakthrough’s newest class.