A Partnership to help underserved Youth

In 2002, Breakthrough Silicon Valley was established as a partnership with Applied Materials and the San Jose Unified School District to address the widening opportunity gap in the City of San Jose. Since its inception, Breakthrough has delivered high quality programs, advocated for the needs of underserved youth, and worked to connect San Jose families with resources and educational opportunities to help them change their social and economic trajectories.

Breakthrough Silicon Valley began as a two-year middle school program serving 25 students from one school. Today, our comprehensive six-year program serves over 450 students in grades 6 - 12 from more than 40 schools. 2013 marked another milestone with our expansion into a second school district. Our partnership with the Franklin-McKinley School District in east San Jose has allowed us to significantly expand our reach to low-income students in our community.

Research-Driven Model

Breakthrough's research-driven programming is nationally known for its effectiveness. Educational leaders value our innovative approach and recognize that Breakthrough brings partners together to create transformative experiences for low-income youth. A member of the national Breakthrough Collaborative, founded in 1978, our model has received numerous awards including the Klingenstein Leadership Award from Columbia University and the highly competitive Neighborhood Builders Award from Bank of America.

Breakthrough taps the great potential of educators and students to engage each other in learning, teaching, and leading.”
— Arne Duncan, Former U.S. Secretary of Education