Become A Volunteer

Volunteers provide students with the individualized tutoring and mentoring they need to be successful.

Thanks for choosing Breakthrough!

Breakthrough offers a variety of volunteer opportunities based on your interests, abilities, and schedule. Visit the Volunteer Opportunities section of our website to see a list and description of Breakthrough’s current volunteer needs or to see this month’s schedule of volunteer events.

How do I become a Breakthrough Volunteer?

1. Complete the online Volunteer Application

For questions contact Breakthrough’s Volunteer Coordinator, at A background check must be cleared before you begin working with Breakthrough students.

2. Sign up for a new volunteer orientation.

Upcoming orientation sessions happen at the Breakthrough office each month. Please email to learn about upcoming orientation dates, and to confirm your place in this initial training. An orientation includes:  the history of Breakthrough Austin, current volunteer opportunities, an introduction to the roles, training, availability, and working with Breakthrough students, and a tour of the facilities.

3. Begin volunteering!

Our Volunteer Coordinator will make every attempt to match your interests and availability with Breakthrough’s current volunteer needs. Typically, volunteers interested in tutoring or academic coaching of Breakthrough students commit to a once weekly schedule over the course of a semester or year. Volunteers who would like to make a shorter-term commitment are encouraged to help with special events (mostly afternoons, evenings, and Saturdays), including:  phone banks, translation (English-Spanish), workshops, and in the office. Volunteer hours will be tracked for program and funding purposes.

Office Phone:  512-692-9444 ext. 16
Fax:  512-535-4488

1 Hour For Kids is an initiative launched by United Way Capital Area, a partner organization. This initiative brings together eight non-profits that specialize in providing mentors and tutors to vulnerable youth. These eight organizations work with kids in different ways, but all of their programs have shown the positive effect of connecting youth to supportive adults.