Mission & Vision

There are many important milestones on the journey to higher education. Breakthrough empowers students to stay on track.


Breakthrough Austin provides out-of-school learning and academic case management from middle school through college to students from low-income communities who will be the first in their families to graduate from college.


We believe that all Central Texas children from low-income communities should have the opportunity to go to college. Unfortunately, statistics say this won’t happen without significant intervention. In fact, less than 6% of Central Texas middle school students from low-income communities will finish college, and only 11% of low-income high school graduates.

To combat this trend, Breakthrough makes a 12-year commitment to successfully guide each of its students and families through the long and complicated process of preparing for, enrolling in and completing college. We believe that by providing innovative educational programs to children and their families, we can replace the cycle of poverty with self-sufficiency.

Who We Serve

Each year Breakthrough admits a new class of students from campuses that feed into some of Austin’s lowest performing high schools. In 2015, we are serving nearly 1090 students in grades 6-12, as well as our first eight classes of college-going high school graduates. All Breakthrough students will be first-generation college graduates.

Why Does Breakthrough Work?

Breakthrough works because we provide support that is intensive, comprehensive, personalized, and sustained.

Visit Our Program to learn more.

Strategic Plan

Read our 2016-2018 Strategic Plan.