Breakthrough Manchester 2019 Annual Report

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Breakthrough Manchester provides six years of intensive, tuition-free programming
to support under-served Manchester students on the path to college. They are building the next generation of teachers through competitive recruitment, research-based training, and coaching from master educators.

A YEAR IN REVIEW

2018–2019

LEARN. TEACH. LEAD. INSPIRE.

A 6-Year Tuition-Free College Access Program

breakthroughmanchester.org

MANCHESTER

at The Derryfield School and

Southern New Hampshire University


LETTER FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MISSION

OUR DUAL MISSION:

Breakthrough Manchester provides six years of intensive, tuition-free programming

to support under-served Manchester students on the path to college.

We are building the next generation of teachers through competitive recruitment,

research-based training, and coaching from master educators.

WE DO THIS BY:

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INSPIRING

EXCITEMENT FOR

LEARNING

Motivated, diverse

students gain the skills

and confidence they

need to excel in school.

At Breakthrough,

it’s cool to be smart.

CREATING PATHS

TO COLLEGE

We challenge and

prepare students to

succeed in rigorous

programs and aspire

to attend college.

PROMOTING CAREERS

IN EDUCATION

High school and college

students receive training,

support and hands-on

experience. They are

inspired to become

the next generation of

educators and leaders

in our community.

Dear Breakthrough Community;

Despite the ongoing construction happening

on Derryfield School’s campus, Breakthrough

Manchester had a spectacular Summer

of 2019! On June 12, we welcomed 24

Teaching Fellows to Orientation from as close

as Manchester and as far away as Ireland!

They were a dynamic force of teachers and

learners — eager to make a difference in the

lives of our Manchester middle schoolers. We

were having so much fun preparing for our

students that I almost didn’t want Orientation

to end! However, on Monday June 24th, the

buses arrived to great cheering and fanfare

and Breakthrough was off and running! We

experienced 6 weeks of intense learning,

creative extracurriculars, dynamic public

speaking, inspiring musical performances,

awesome field trips, wonderful student and

teacher connections and lots of crazy FUN!

It was all that I had imagined — and more!

Executive Director, Deb McLoud

with a Breakthrough student and

her Jayme’s Bear that was crafted

during “Service and Gratitude Day“

to comfort children in a local hospital.

We are thrilled to finally have students in all six years of Breakthrough Manchester

programming! Heartfelt appreciation is extended to Derryfield School who

founded Summerbridge (now Breakthrough) Manchester 28 years ago and

continues to provide very generous in-kind support. We are also grateful that

Breakthrough’s College-Bound program is fully supported by Southern New

Hampshire University.

However, we could not provide this valuable programming for our Manchester

students without the support of Charitable Foundations and generous donors

who are now fully recognized on our website. Please sit back and enjoy this

Year in Review and thank you for your support of Breakthrough Manchester.

Gratefully,

Debra McLoud

Executive Director, Breakthrough Manchester

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THANK YOU LUCY WEATHERS!

For three summers, she enthusiastically cheered alongside our

Breakthrough students and teachers! Lucy made all the details

of recruitment and programming happen like magic. However, it

wasn’t magic; it was her hard work and dedication to educational

equality that made everything happen so seamlessly. We will miss

Lucy as she moves to Gear Up and continues to work with students

in Parkside Middle School. Good Luck Lucy!

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SUMMER DEMOGRAPHICS

SUMMER OUTCOMES

In Summer 2019, we served 100 students.

80% 67% 40%

73% 63%

First in

family to

graduate

from

college

Identify

as

student

of color

Qualify

for

free or

reduced

lunch

Speak a

language

other than

English

at home

Live with

single parent

or other

parental

substitute

BREAKTHROUGH STUDENTS

94% feel like they have a head start on academics

compared to non-Breakthrough classmates and peers.

63% Met 3 or 4 of Criteria 9% Met all 5

94%

93%

99%

97%

100%

Breakthrough has broken barriers and taught us what isn’t

taught at school. I have made forever friends and found my voice,

and I’ll always be grateful to them for it.”

Breakthrough Student

of students

said they

made

new friends

had opportunities

to advocate for

academic or

personal goals

feel like they

belong in the

Breakthrough

community

feel more

confident

to try new

things

of students spoke,

presented or

performed in front

of community

80 TOTAL HOURS of rigorous instruction in math, science,

reading and writing over the course of 6 weeks during the summer.

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BREAKTHROUGH — SUMMER

STUDENTS PREPARE FOR THEIR PATH TO COLLEGE

Breakthrough Manchester welcomed 24 Teaching Fellows from throughout

the country for an intensive 9 week summer teaching residency. They are

mentored daily by Instructional Coaches, educators from local high schools

who are recognized as leaders in their fields.

• Lead Coach, Jan Moynihan Cooney, Literature

• Rebecca Peabody, Math

• Former Teaching Fellow, Darci Drylie, Science

• William Maniotis, Writing

TEACHING FELLOWS IMMERSIVE SUMMER

• Learn the foundational skills of teaching and leadership

• Solo-teach two sections of academics each day

• Advise and mentor five students over the

course of the summer

• Co-lead an extracurricular activity

• Engage actively with students at breakfast,

lunch and during community periods

• Attend weekly professional

development workshops and daily

coaching sessions

• Serve on a committee with responsibility

for summer programming

• Bond with peers and have fun both

teaching and learning

SCHOOL YEAR — SUPER SATURDAYS

Breakthrough Manchester holds five Super Saturdays during the school year

to keep our middle school students connected with each other and focused on

the ultimate goal of attending college.

To teach our Super Saturdays, we recruit high school juniors and seniors to

serve as teachers, tutors and mentors to 7th and 8th grade students. School

Year teaching interns are supported by professional staff and have the

following great opportunities:

• Learn and practice basic skills of teaching, collaborative lesson

planning and mentoring younger students

• Co-teach 45-minute classes on a variety of topics

• Organize Team Building activities

• Provide tutoring and mentoring to

an Advisory group of up to

4 students

• Develop leadership and public

speaking skills

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A SUMMER DAY

FOR A TEACHING FELLOW

Angela Romilla, a Breakthrough student alum, has returned as a

Teaching Fellow for the past two summers. As a fifth grader who

was quiet without much confidence, the Breakthrough program

encouraged Angela to come out of her shell and find her voice.

Teaching for the past two summers, Angela has helped other

students advocate for themselves. Her sister Carmina is now a

student in the program, and Angela loves being able to see the

same transformation in her sister. Angela is proud to give back

to a program that has made such an impact for her family.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF

A TEACHING FELLOW

7:30am

MORNING

HUDDLE

As students arrive by bus or drop

off, we greet them outside with

a “high five” line then a themed

welcome activity. Each student

receives a personal

“good morning” and

handshake from a Director to

start their day.

8:00am

ATTENDANCE

& CHEERS

We solo-teach two

academic classes daily.

I taught 9th grade writing. As part of

my lesson plans, the students worked

on writing college essays as well as a

research paper based on a social justice

issue of their choice. We work closely

with our Instructional Coaches, who

provide support with lesson planning,

modifying curriculum, and

classroom management.

12:45pm

LUNCH &

RECESS

For Community

Block, we enjoy different

activities as a whole

community. Being on the

Boston Trip Committee, we

prepared students for our

annual Boston field trip. There’s

also a College Fair held during

the summer, with information

presented by each teacher on

the college they attend.

1:30pm

EXTRACUR-

RICULAR

SETH stands for Study,

Enrichment, Tutoring, and

Homework. As teachers, we help

our students get started on

homework, and give them extra

help when needed. Another

opportunity for working

one-on-one!

3:00pm

STUDENT

DISMISSAL

We attend faculty

meetings along with the staff.

We have announcements, kudos

(a chance to shout out thank you’s

to fellow teachers), and

snapshots (sharing cool moments

of our students). We vote on

spirit stick winners weekly, which

are students who exemplify

the Breakthrough spirit.

4:00pm

COMMITTEE

MEETINGS

There are often

follow up meetings.

On Mondays, we have

a Faculty Social with

snacks and time to relax

as we start the week.

The teachers have many

opportunities throughout

the summer to bond

with each other!

Our mornings start by

setting up our classrooms

and reviewing lesson plans,

followed by a huddle of all

Teaching Fellows and staff.

During this meeting,

leadership reviews the

upcoming day and offers

an inspirational thought.

7:50am

WELCOME

STUDENTS

As Teaching Fellows, we

are assigned 4 student

advisees who we sit with at

breakfast. We have a very unique

attendance at BTM which includes

many cheers from our growing list

of almost 100! We have individual

cheers, advisory cheers, and a

question of the day. It’s great to

have all students participate!

8:40am

ACADEMIC

CLASSES

At lunchtime, all the

Teaching Fellows join

students and have lunch together.

This is a really fun part of the day

because the students are more

relaxed and I am able to get to

know them on a more personal

level to really bond with them.

After lunch, we go outside for

fresh air, sports and games.

1:00pm

COMMUNITY

BLOCK

Each summer, fun classes

known as extracurriculars,

are chosen by the Teaching

Fellows based on their

interests. This summer,

I chose Journalism. The

students worked on writing

articles and interviewing

skills, and culminated in a

student newspaper that

was posted online.

2:25pm

SETH

Teachers walk the students

outside to be picked up by the

bus or a family member.

We wave and sing songs as they

are leaving, such as “Big Bus”

or the “Homework Song”.

Some days we even get to ride

the bus with them!

3:15pm

FACULTY

MEETING

We have training sessions

throughout the summer presented

by the heads of committees for

upcoming events, such as

Olympics, Spirit Week, or

Service and Gratitude Day.

5-6:00pm

OTHER

ACTIVITIES

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COLLEGE-BOUND

AT SNHU

Breakthrough Manchester College-Bound at

SNHU successfully completed its third year of

high school programming. In 2018-2019, the

program supported 9 juniors, 16 sophomores,

and 27 freshmen who began their college

access journeys with Breakthrough Manchester

as rising 7th graders. In fall of 2019, the high

school program moved into serving all four

grades for the first time, accepting 30 new

freshmen!

The College-Bound Program

is fully funded by

Southern New Hampshire University

“My favorite part of

College-Bound is the

workshops on Saturdays

and that I had an advisor

to communicate with and

help me through my first

year of high school.”

— College-Bound Student

BREAKTHROUGH IMPACT

CARL DESIR

Carl Desir, a Breakthrough College-Bound

student who was born in Haiti, is currently a

sophomore in high school at the Academy

for Science and Design. Carl has been

a Breakthrough student since 2015 and

served as Program Assistant this past

summer. In this role, Carl gained experience

in communication skills, team building,

leadership, and reliability to ensure every

day ran smoothly. Carl developed a strong

connection with the students and strived to

inspire them to be themselves. Carl will be

returning as Program Assistant for the current

School Year Program, which will give him an opportunity to continue growing

his leadership skills.

Carl was recently invited to attend a Breakthrough Collaborative “Catch

the Breakthrough Spirit” national event to speak on his experience with

Breakthrough Manchester. Carl had the opportunity to visit San Francisco on behalf

of the national organization with Deb, our Executive Director, and speak at this

annual fundraiser with fellow Breakthrough students and teachers from across the

country. He shared that, “Breakthrough Manchester is not only a place where

kids come to learn and get guidance for college but also a place where kids

come to get out of their comfort zones, express themselves without the worry of

judgment and reach for goals that they thought they would never achieve.”

HIGH SCHOOL

PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS:

FRESHMAN YEAR

Study Skills

Self-Advocacy

Public Speaking Workshop

Planning High School Track + more

SOPHOMORE YEAR

SAT Prep

College Tours

College Research

Career Readiness + more

JUNIOR YEAR

SAT Prep

College Panel

College Search

Standardized Testing Tools

College Tours + more

SENIOR YEAR

College Tours

Paying for College

College Life Preview

FASFA and Final Prep

Writing for Admissions + more

For a complete list of

high school programming tools visit

www.bit.ly/CollegeBoundSNHU

One of the highlights of Carl’s trip was meeting Chris Lee, former Breakthrough Atlanta student and

cast member of Broadway’s Hamilton. Chris performed songs from Hamilton at the event,

as well as an original song that he wrote about Breakthrough.

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2018–2019

FINANCIALS

REVENUES

FOUNDATION SUPPORT

CORPORATE including Matching Gifts

INDIVIDUAL DONOR SUPPORT

INVESTMENT INCOME

ENDOWMENT DRAW

EXPENSES

SUMMER PROGRAM

SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAM

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

20%

28%

25%

25% 2%

60% 20% 10% 7%

20% 40% 60% 80% 100%

ADMINISTRATIVE, INVESTMENT EXPENSES,

AND ADVANCEMENT

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, DUES

AND SUBSCRIPTIONS

100% of all charitable contributions to Breakthrough Manchester support the

participation of students and Teaching Fellows in the intensive summer, Super

Saturday and College-Bound programming. They are tax-deductible to the fullest

extent allowed by law. None of the contributions made to Breakthrough Manchester

support The Derryfield School or Southern New Hampshire University.

Breakthrough Manchester operates under the 501c3 umbrella of The Derryfield

School which also acts as the fiscal agent. While the Derryfield Board of Trustees

maintains the final legal and fiduciary responsibility for Breakthrough’s middle school

program, a separate Advisory Committee focuses specifically on Breakthrough

Manchester. Derryfield does not directly fund Breakthrough programming, but

does provide significant in-kind support in the areas of bookkeeping and payroll

administration, technical support, office space throughout the year, and use of their

campus during the summer and school year.

The Breakthrough Manchester College-Bound program for high school students

operates legally and financially under the auspices of the SNHU School of Education

which assumes 100% of the operating cost for the program serving grades 9-12. This

program started in 2016 with 9th graders and this is the first year that students from all

four grades, 9-12, will be participating in the program.

For additional information or further questions, please contact Deb McLoud at dmcloud@derryfield.org

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DONORS

We are very grateful to all our donors for their help in putting our

students on the path to college. For a full list of donors, please visit

our website breakthroughmanchester.org.

ENDOWMENT FUNDS

BREAKTHROUGH MANCHESTER GENERAL ENDOWMENT FUND

The largest of the Breakthrough endowed funds, the General Endowment is

used to offset annual operating expenses.

ELKIN TEACHING FELLOWSHIP ENDOWED FUND

Named in honor of Pauline and Martin Elkin who led a challenge campaign

to establish the fund, the interest from this endowment provides financial aid

and scholarships for our summer teaching staff.

JOEL VARGAS ACHIEVEMENT FUND

Established in 1996 in honor of Joel Vargas, the first Breakthrough student to

become a Breakthrough director, this endowed fund supplements our students’

academic experiences.

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP

JAYME’S FUND FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

Scholarships for Success! Is Jayme’s Fund for Social Justice’s flagship program.

It provides need-based scholarships for middle school, high school and collegebound

students. The Jayme’s Scholar Award is given to an incoming 7th grade

student at Breakthrough Manchester who is academically successful, a creative

thinker, socially conscious and motivated to make the world a better place.

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HOMESTAY FAMILIES

We are very grateful for our homestay families who open their homes to our

out-of-town Teaching Fellows during their summer residency.

Sarah and Benge Ambrogi

Colleen and Greg Bolton

Sharon and Wing Eng

Jared and Shaye Hardner

BREAKTHROUGH ADVISORY

COMMITTEE

Mary J. Ford, Ed.D.

Sally Green

Joan M. Izen

Carolyn Leary

Kayla Page

PROFESSIONAL STAFF

Debra McLoud

Executive Director

Lucy Weathers

Assistant Director

Susan Fenton

Marketing and Communications

Manager

Colleen and Dan Ives

Will Kanteres and Meryl Levin

Lara Shilling

Dan Regan

Irv Richardson

L. Jonathan Ross

Lionel B. Tracy

Susan Gradmae, Ex-Officio

Benjamin J. Gentry, ABD

College-Bound Administrator

Chau Ngo

Joined as new Assistant Director

in August 2019

WELCOME BACK

Breakthrough Manchester is excited to

introduce our new Assistant Director,

Chau Ngo. Chau has been involved with

Breakthrough Manchester since 2006 as

a student, Super Saturday Teaching Intern,

and Teaching Fellow. She is a graduate of

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

with a B.F.A. in Art Education and is excited

to share her vision as Assistant Director.

Prior to joining Breakthrough, Chau

completed the U.S. Fulbright Program

serving as a cultural ambassador and

teaching English in Rich Gia, Vietnam.

Living in Vietnam for 10-months, she

was able to experience working in the

Vietnamese school system, fostering

opportunities for cultural exchange, and

explore her roots and heritage.

Chau Ngo

Assistant Director

Breakthrough Manchester

Her identity as a first generation, Vietnamese-American from a low-income

family plays a significant role in shaping who she is, the work that she does,

and her professional goals — to cultivate an environment where students

are given equal opportunity in education, and are able to celebrate their

background and experiences.

As Assistant Director, she expresses that

Breakthrough is a program whose mission is to increase academic

opportunity for motivated students by preparing them for college.

It supported my family and me in areas where there were gaps.

I discovered that, with the right resources, students,

with backgrounds similar to my own, can meet their goals.

Working at Breakthrough in the past has afforded me the opportunity

to better understand the significance of education equity

and I am honored to contribute to this work.”

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