“As an Opportunity Generator in our community for 30 years, Breakthrough Miami is committed to level the playing field. Aligned with the social justice goals of the NFL, our work is focused on closing the opportunity gap, generating social mobility, nurturing self-actualization and promoting an inclusive and engaged community. We are honored to be awarded an NFL Inspire Change grant to advance our Changemaker Leadership Track. Together we are forging new pathways to inclusive, just and equitable economic advancement.”
– Lori-Ann M. Cox, Chief Executive Officer, Breakthrough Miami
Breakthrough Miami is Selected for NFL Inspire Change Social Justice Grant
Kicking off Breakthrough Miami’s 30th anniversary year, the organization was selected as one of 13 nonprofit organization nationally to be awarded an Inspire Change Social Justice Grant. Breakthrough Miami is the only Florida-based organization to be awarded in this round of new grants this year.
As an Opportunity Generator in our community for 30 years, Breakthrough Miami’s signature “students-teaching-students” model delivers a transformational experience ensuring students achieve post-secondary success and develop as emerging leaders and educational advocates.
The $100,000 investment by the NFL will advance a Changemaker Leadership Track for Breakthrough Scholars and recent alumni. Closing the opportunity gap, this work builds students’ capacities to challenge the digital divide, gain early intensive work experience, college advising, financial literacy and leadership development, impacting not only their personal development and growth trajectories, but the efficacy of academic and social enrichment they lead with 900 middle school Scholars. This work is aligned with the NFL’s commitment to social justice and economic advancement.
Established in 1991, Breakthrough Miami has grown over the past three decades to now serve 1300 5th-12th grade Scholars in an evidence-based 8-year academic and social enrichment program. Founded upon a signature students-teaching-students model, instruction and mentorship is fueled by 130 Teaching Fellows (17-24 year olds) and over 400 volunteers. Breakthrough Miami was recognized as the best summer learning program in the country by the National Summer Learning Association in 2018 and recently was awarded an Innovation in Distance Learning Award by the Florida Education Foundation.