Become a summer hero

On June 25, the 120 students of Breakthrough Silicon Valley’s newest class, the Class of 2024, will join 455 other middle and high school students for an immersive summer experience that will change their futures. Our Breakthrough experience begins in the summer to counteract  the “Summer Slide” phenomenon (also known as Summer Learning Loss). Many studies have shown that, without access to summer academic and enrichment opportunities, low-income students are at a high risk for losing crucial math and reading skills over the summer months.

More than 75% of our Breakthrough students are from low-income families, and we strive to make their summer experience successful by supplying everything they need, from school lunches to backpacks to school supplies, to make this possible. However, over the summer, we find that our students face additional obstacles, with transportation at the top of the list. Without school bus transportation, many of our students, who come from every corner of San Jose, have limited options to travel to and from our Breakthrough summer sites. When family incomes are already stretched thin, even public transportation is out of reach for many of our students. We would like to solve this problem this summer by providing transportation to every Breakthrough student that needs it to get to and from our summer sites.

Invest $2500 to empower a crew: As a small team within the bigger Breakthrough community, summer crews eat  together, study together, perform skits together, and encourage their crewmates to aim for academic excellence.

Crew Sponsor Perks:

  • Receive Hero Updates: Get to know your crew through periodic videos, photos, and updates created just for you. Learn about field trips to UC Berkeley and Silicon Valley companies, plus hands-on activities with STEM professionals, and more.
  • Don Your Super Hero Cape: If your schedule permits, visit the program to meet your crew in person or attend our end-of-summer celebration as a VIP. See how your gift changes lives.

Or chose your investment level. Any donation will underwrite the cost of transportation for students to and from the Breakthrough summer program. 

Don your Summer Hero cape at Visitors Day or "Are You Smarter"

Don your Summer Hero cape at Visitors Day or "Are You Smarter"

Credit card donations are accepted via paypal.

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