Summer Slide is an arch enemy of low-income students. Without intervention, low-income students often lose math and reading skills over the summer, and “slide” back from where they finished the school year.   

Research conducted by Johns Hopkins University found that about two-thirds of the achievement gap between low-income and higher-income ninth grade students studied could be explained by summer slide.

With your help, we can defeat this enemy! At Breakthrough Silicon Valley, we make the most of every single day over six weeks of summer learning. 

Students dive into hands-on experiences in core academics geared for high school success -- math, science, literature, and writing -- plus popular electives like computer programming. Small classes with our students-teaching-students model ensure that learning experiences are engaging, individualized, and FUN!

Join the Fight against Summer Slide

In our summer program, Breakthrough students and their young teachers band together to fight for educational equity. They form “crews,” which are small groups of 10 students led by two teaching fellows.  

As small families within the bigger Breakthrough family, crews eat meals together, study together, perform skits together, cheer for one another, and most importantly – encourage one another to achieve academic excellence. 

There are 28 crews across our three summer sites this year, and we want each one of them to have a Summer Hero cheering them on from afar! 



Here’s how it works:


Donate $2,500 to sponsor a crew and become a Summer Hero.

Click here to see which crews still need a sponsor.


Empower 10 students and their two teaching fellows to have a SUPER summer.

Receive Hero Updates at the end of Week 3 and Week 6 on your crew's fight against summer learn loss. You'll learn about your crew leaders, the students in the crew and their field trips to UC Berkeley, to Silicon Valley tech companies, and their interactions with STEM professionals. You will know exactly how your gift is changing lives this summer.

If your schedule permits, don your super hero cape and visit the program to meet your crew in person. Or, attend the end-of-summer celebration and sit in the VIP seats reserved for Summer Heroes only!


By becoming a Summer Hero, you are affirming our students’ potential, and helping them smash through the obstacles in their way as they soar toward their college dreams. Join us today!

Sponsor a Crew