BreakthroughU is expanding to offer Scholars deep one-of-a-kind learning experiences in diverse fields. Designed to support college readiness and access, introducing and inspiring future career and degree pathways during a critical time in the eight year Scholar journey, our growing program opportunities are made possible through strategic partnerships with leading organizations.

Leadership Academy – Rising 10th grade Scholars are invited to join the inaugural class of Breakthrough Miami’s new Leadership Academy. Ignited by an Inspire Change Social Change grant from the NFL, our Leadership Academy is designed to support Scholars to build critical leadership skills focused on three domains: Leading Self, Leading Others, and Leading Community. Participants will commence their journey with a summer introductory program held weekly on Thursday evening, with continued programming throughout the school year during sophomore, junior, and senior year. Students will build skills in leadership and identity, self-management, productive relationships, communication, influence, and social justice. Apply to the Leadership Academy today at Our first session starts June 17th.

Underline – The Underline has established a new partnership with Breakthrough Miami, empowering 10 high school Breakthrough Scholars each semester to serve as Underline Ambassadors. This unique leadership development program is designed to empower youth to create a stronger connection between our community and our green space and instill in them a long-lasting pride and attachment to Miami.  Ambassadors will gain knowledge of The Underline’s history, public art, horticulture, design, and programming. Students will lead groups, gain an understanding of the role nature plays in Miami’s resiliency and develop communication/presentation skills. Ambassadors earn a stipend of $1000 and will be trained to give tours of Brickell Backyard, the first half-mile of The Underline. Training will include a curriculum focused on park design, plants, public art, programs, community outreach, and technology. Ambassadors will be mentored both by Underline staff as well as by prominent members of the community, including board members, community stakeholders, and public officials. The Underline is a 10-mile linear park, urban trail, public art destination, and multi-modal hub located directly underneath the Metrorail. The first cohort of Ambassadors are onboarded and leading already! Applications will reopen in the Fall here:

Project Destined – We are launching a new partnership with Project Destined this summer to offer a truly unique 8 week learning experience in Real Estate for rising 10th-12th grade Scholars. While real estate booms and gentrification movements spread across neighborhoods, we are working with Project Destined to empower our Scholars to become skilled, resourced, and networked in positive, socially-minded, community-based real estate development. This 8-week program, designed to build an ownership mindset among diverse high school students, will explore real estate, the importance of ownership and the power of technology to tell authentic, compelling stories about communities. Scholars will be engaged and trained in market research, pitch presentations and live real estate deals. There is no cost to participate and Scholars will earn a $500 stipend and compete weekly for $1000 challenges. Learn more about Project Destined here. Apply by June 7, 2021 at  We highly encourage our Scholars to take advantage of this valuable learning opportunity!
EmpowerU Marine Science & Shark Tagging – Deepening our partnership with the University of Miami, a new Shark Tagging program “EmpowerU” will be offered exclusively to BreakthroughU rising 9th-12th grade Scholars beginning this August. Scholars will be immersed in hands-on marine science expeditions with the UM Shark Research & Conservation team. This exciting experience will commence with a pre-trip research introduction on shark research methodologies, equipment, data collection and application, and lessons from the field. This is an amazing opportunity for Scholars to conduct real-life shark research. Students will experience hands-on data collection techniques, such as tagging and biopsy sampling, and learn how these data are used for long-term research and conservation management. Marine biologists from the University of Miami will serve as role models and mentors. Following the shark tagging expeditions, Scholars will participate in workshops on data analysis, marine conservation, and STEM college/career readiness. Apply at
College Coaching  – The BreakthroughU 11th and 12th graders are encouraged to participate in our enhanced college access and readiness programming. Breakthrough offers Scholars a variety of programming to aid the college identification, application, enrollment process as well as to identify and compete for prestigious Scholarships and awards. College Bootcamp, College Tour, Sessions with College Admission Officers, access to College Fairs and Financial Education sessions.  Our College Coaching program matches 11th and 12th grade Scholars with professionals in the community committed to supporting their aspirations towards pursuing higher education. Scholars will receive ongoing guidance, mentorship, and advocacy throughout their college search, application and enrollment process.  Scholars are assisted in setting realistic college and career goals, while also receiving practical support as they navigate the college exploration and admissions processes, start to finish.

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