Our Mission


Breakthrough Houston has a unique dual mission of working with highly motivated, historically excluded students to achieve post-secondary success and empowering aspiring leaders to become the next generation of educational advocates.


At Breakthrough, we envision a day when all children have equitable access to high quality education and teachers committed to their success.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At Breakthrough, we are committed to intentionally creating communities that represent a wide diversity of identities including, but not limited to race, gender identity, class, ability, citizenship, sexual orientation, and religion. We strive to address educational inequity by providing resources, support, and opportunities for our communities of students and families, teaching fellows, staff, and leaders. We aim higher than an atmosphere of tolerance and instead strive to make our community inclusive through a foundation of love and respect. In order to have clarity in our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we have created the following definitions:

Diversity includes all the ways in which people differ, encompassing the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another. At Breakthrough we define diversity as broadly as possible. Furthermore, diversity can include diversity of thought, perspectives, ideas, and

Inclusion is creating an environment in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate. An inclusive and welcoming climate embraces differences and offers respect in words and actions for all people.

Equity is the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.

At Breakthrough Houston, we envision a day when all children will have equitable access to quality education and teachers committed to their academic success.


Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed!

Summer Program

The Breakthrough Houston (BTH) Summer Program runs for eight weeks each June and July. It begins with an intense teacher orientation and continues with six weeks of classroom work for students in literature, writing, science, math, and electives. The program concludes with a week of teacher evaluations and reviews.

School Year Program

The BTH School Year Program meets monthly on specified Saturday mornings during the school year. BTH also offers tutoring for any student with a grade average falling below 80% to ensure he or she achieves the GPA required for admission to a competitive high school and eventually college.

College Bound Program

Established in 2008, the BTH College Bound Program program strives to ensure that each of our students remains on the path to college admission. This includes a mentor program, SAT/ACT prep, college visits, career and college counseling, and help with resume building activities like internships, summer enrichment, and community service opportunities.

College Completion Program

Established in 2019, the BTH College Completion program provides resources/ support to help university students overcome the obstacles that can prevent low income/first generation students from completing their degree.