Breakthrough Manchester

Closing the Opportunity Gap


2018 Goals:

Breakthrough Manchester, established as Summerbridge Manchester in 1991, has launched over 1,040 talented, limited opportunity Manchester middle school students on the path to college, and we have recruited, trained and inspired over 850 college and high-school students from across the city and country to pursue careers in education. Goals for 2018 include increasing awareness of the success of our dual mission approach, developing stronger community, educational and corporate partnerships, and exploring opportunities to serve more Manchester students and additional communities.

Fundraising Events:

Back to Summer Breakfast is our most significant event for fundraising and corporate sponsorship, which occurs in the spring, as Breakthrough is ramping up for its intensive 9-week teaching residency and the 6-week academic program for students. The breakfast celebrates past successes of the program while building toward future growth. With the opportunity gap growing and the looming shortage of highly qualified and effective teachers, Breakthrough Manchester fills a critical need in the educational landscape.

Giving Opportunities:

Breakthrough Manchester relies on the support and investment of individuals, companies, foundations and program champions to offer our free programming to high potential students with limited opportunities. Breakthrough solicits annual operation support through our Annual Fund Campaign, we participate in Giving Tuesday on November 28 and we continually seek new partnerships to extend our message, our program and our impressive outcomes at a reasonable cost. 

Teacher Internship Opportunities:

Breakthrough Manchester provides a unique opportunity to statewide college students (and some exceptional high school students) to learn the foundational skills of teaching and leadership. During the nine-week paid internship, Breakthrough teaching fellows receive over 70 hours of teaching and leadership training, and teach two classes of our motivated students daily with the support and mentoring of Instructional Coaches and staff. The application to teach in Summer 2018 opens in early November 2017. To apply or for more information, please visit our website or contact Lucy Weathers at 603-641-9426.

Advisory Committee

  • Becky Berk
    Executive Director, Breakthrough
  • Bill Gillett
  • Carolyn Leary
  • Colleen Ives
  • Helen Davies
  • Irv Richardson
  • Joan Izen
  • Jonathan Ross
  • Sally Green
  • Lyonel B. Tracy
  • Susan Grodman
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