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March 14, 2014



Contact:  Jeff Simmons, (917) 673-0024, [email protected]

                Zac Roy, (917) 822-7203, [email protected]


- Breakthrough New York’s summer teaching program is consistently named a Princeton Review Top Ten internship -

(New York, N.Y.) – Hundreds of future educators are vying for a coveted teaching fellowship at Breakthrough New York where they will help local middle school students get on the path to college.

Breakthrough New York received 549 fellowship applications from college students across the country.  The nonprofit organization, which shepherds high-potential, low-income middle schools students to four-year colleges, will interview applicants over the coming weeks.  Those who are selected for one of the 48 spots will start with two weeks of intensive training in mid-June, before teaching middle school students in the six-week program.

“This surge of applications is a testament to the success of Breakthrough New York as we celebrate our 15th year,” says Executive Director Rhea Wong. “While the focus this summer is intensely academic, our Summer Teaching Fellows will help to develop students’ character, sense of responsibility and cultural exposure through a positive learning environment.”

Consistently named a Princeton Review Top Ten internship, Breakthrough New York’s Summer Teaching Fellowship program gives college students a chance to help enterprising middle school students refine their skills mastery in math, science, writing and literature.  This year, for the first time, four fellowships will be given to students with computer science backgrounds to teach the program’s new Digital Literacy class.

More than half of this year’s applicants are students of color, and more than three quarters attend some the most selective colleges in the country, including Amherst, Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Stanford and Yale.

An impressive 95% of the program’s past summer instructors have gone on to pursue careers in education, with many citing their experience at Breakthrough New York as their inspiration.

The application process for the 2014 summer session ran from January to February 25. The Teaching Fellows are selected based on academic accomplishment, leadership experience and ability to learn teaching techniques as demonstrated during the interview process.

Breakthrough New York’s two programs operate at The Town School on the Upper East Side, Manhattan and, since 2012, at Bishop Loughlin High School in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Students enter the six-year program the day after they complete their sixth grade classes, attending the intensive six-week summer program led by the Teaching Fellows.

Breakthrough New York was founded as Summerbridge at The Town School in 1999. Since then, Breakthrough New York has grown in size, and in 2009, Breakthrough New York became an independent not-for-profit organization in New York State.

The organization makes a commitment to assist students through high school graduation, providing everything from tutoring and SAT prep to organized college visits and interview coaching. Upon entry into a four-year college, students become Breakthrough alumni and continue to access resources such as internship and job opportunities.