Fighting Summer Learning Loss

Fighting Summer Learning Loss

Summer vacation is in full swing. It’s a time that students anticipate for months, and when it finally arrives, well, the smiles say it all. The sad reality though, is that the extended free time comes at a huge price. The RAND Corporation reports that, on average, students lose one month of math and reading skills over the course of a typical summer. It probably comes as no surprise that socioeconomics play a large role in the overall effect.

Santa Clara University's Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity and Inclusion

Santa Clara University's Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity and Inclusion

A message from Melissa Johns, Breakthrough Silicon Valley’s Executive Director

As Executive Director of a college access organization serving many students of color, this has been an unsettling year. I’ve witnessed a rising tide of unrest on campuses across the nation. Students of color are demanding attention to racial and social issues that shape their college experiences. 

Non-cognitive Skills and College Success

Non-cognitive Skills and College Success

Getting to college is a milestone for Breakthrough Silicon Valley students. It’s what they’ve worked toward for six years. But just getting there isn’t enough. Only one in ten low-income students will earn a bachelor’s degree by age 25, as compared to half of students from high-income families. That means that graduation is what really counts.