Breakthrough Manchester

2019 Goals:

Breakthrough Manchester, established as Summerbridge Manchester in 1991, has launched over 1,148 talented, limited opportunity Manchester middle school students on the path to college, and we have recruited, trained and inspired over 874 college and high school students from across the city and country to pursue careers in education. Goals for 2019 include increasing awareness of the success of our dual mission approach and developing stronger community, educational and corporate partnerships.

Fundraising Events:

Breakthrough Manchester held its first “Are You Smarter Than a Breakthrough Student?” event in May 2018. The trivia-based event was a huge success with sponsors and teams attending from the surrounding communities. This was a high-energy evening with a lot of conversation and interaction between guests and Breakthrough students. This event was a great way to showcase Breakthrough’s passion for learning and fun, and to share our mission of filling the opportunity gap in education. We look forward to continuing this event in 2019 to celebrate past successes while building toward future growth.

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 and we continually seek new partnerships to extend our message, program and impressive outcomes at a reasonable cost.

Teacher Internship Opportunities:

Breakthrough Manchester provides a unique opportunity to nationwide 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 motivated students daily with the support and mentoring of instructional coaches and staff. The application to teach during the Summer of 2019 opens in early November 2018. To apply or for more information, please visit our website or contact Lucy Weathers at

Board Officers / Board Members

  • Debra McLoud
    Executive Director, Breakthrough
  • Sally Green
  • Susan Grodman
  • Colleen Ives
  • Joan Izen
  • Carolyn Leary
  • Daniel Regan
  • Irv Richardson
  • Jonathan Ross
  • Lyonel B. Tracy
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