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A lot has happened in 30 years. Through it all, Breakthrough Miami has stayed true to our belief that all motivated students – no matter their background – deserve access to the resources needed to unlock their potential and succeed.  A belief that not only should they have an even playing field, but that WE, as a community, have the power to make it happen. To make change happen. To make dreams happen. And above all, to make opportunities happen so that future generations of leaders can continue to make history happen.

Breakthrough Miami. We make opportunity happen. 

Support A Scholar Chairs: Tatsiana & Andy Ansin | Constance & Mike Fernandez | Tina & Jeffrey Miller

Committee members: Conchi Perdomo Argiz & Tony Argiz | Jodi & Jeremy Barras | Heidi & Robin Bogle | Ofelia & Louis Chiavacci | Allison & Justyn Feldman | Sara & John Fumagalli | Monica & James Goldsmith | Sara Barli Herald | Sophia & David Howard | Kalyn & Rico James | Elizabeth & Jason Jenkins | Vicky & Sanjay Kamlani | Laura & Dan Koffsky | Elizabeth & Nathan Leight | Kendra & John Malloy | Carola & Eugene Mato | Galia Pennekamp | Monica & Mauricio Quirch | Zeinab & Olukayode Ramos | Remi & Oti Roberts | Stephanie & Michael Rosen | Hollen & Ryan Rosenberg | Michelle Simkins Rubell & Jason Rubell | Sayfie Family | Jennifer & Neil Sazant | Jackie & Richard Siegel | Blaire & Jorge Sonville | Tracey & Larry Spiegelman | Jessica Goldman Srebnick & Scott Srebnick | Alvaro Tafur | Coco Palenque Torre & Venny Torre | Kim Kolisch Vinas & Frank Vinas | Abby & Jeff Zanarini


As we toast to this momentous year, we invite you to join us for a two-part Celebration this Fall honoring leadership and our shared commitment to education equity. Kicking off our anniversary celebration, our Virtual Tribute Ceremony in late September will feature a keynote speaker and salute to pioneers and leaders who make breakthroughs possible. Learn more about our honorees.

Later in the Fall, join us for an in-person Support A Scholar Celebration on Saturday, November 13th at 7:00pm. In true breakalicious style, our Celebration is a festive and edgy cocktail and dancing party, complete with music, entertainers, and food with a few more surprises that you don’t want to miss!

Contributions to Support A Scholar include invitations to the two-part event.

Each gift of $2,500 funds one year of a Scholar’s journey with Breakthrough Miami.


Each investment of $2,500 funds one year of a Scholar’s Breakthrough journey. A gift of any size has the power to transform hope into action and provide an opportunity for our Scholars to catch their dreams.

We are honored to celebrate 30 years of breakthroughs with you! It takes a Village.

Head of School Sponsor $150,000 (Limited Availability)
Valedictorian $100,800
Salutatorian $54,000
Summa Cum Laude $27,000
Magna Cum Laude $18,000
Cum Laude $10,800
Dean’s List $5,400
Distinguished Scholar $2,500


We are proud to celebrate 30 years of transformative work as Miami’s Opportunity Generator. A true asset in our community, Breakthrough has evolved as a systemic solution addressing the opportunity gap, structural racism and educational inequities. We have become nationally known — from Best Summer Learning Program in the Country to NFL Social Justice Grants to Innovation in Distance Learning Awards. Our growth over the past three decades has been fueled by the energy, aspirations and commitment of our future leaders and accelerated by a dynamic Village of donors, partners, advocates, host site schools and Scholar families.

On our 30th year anniversary we celebrate five pioneers who were instrumental in our organization’s growth over three decades. Along with our honorees we will recognize the multitude of inspiring stories of leadership that span our history.

Michael Elkin
Principal, Forensic, Advisory and Valuation Services, Kaufman Rossin
Vice Chair, Breakthrough Miami Board of Directors

As a founding member of the Board of Directors and a dedicated professional with a vision for an inclusive and empowered community, Mike has played a vital role in ushering Breakthrough Miami’s transformative growth from a small operation with great promise to an independent 501(c)(3) with a multi-site service delivery model. His leadership and expertise has provided vigilant oversight of our fiscal and operational health. Fueled by an unwavering belief in the promise of student potential and equitable educational opportunities, Mike has worked tirelessly to build and safeguard our financial foundation.

Regina Jollivette Frazier
Retired, University of Miami Hospitals & Clinics
Secretary, Breakthrough Miami Board of Directors

As a long-standing member of the executive and governance committees of our Board of Directors, Regina has served in a leadership capacity at a pivotal time in the organization’s development, helping to nurture the seed planted in 1991 with an inaugural class of forty Scholars. She has furthered our important work through her leadership ensuring our organization maintains proper governance, building and safeguarding and protecting Breakthrough Miami’s reputation as an upstanding and high-quality non-profit.

JuliAnne McDowell
Founder, Breakthrough Miami Volunteer Network
Trustee, Breakthrough Collaborative
Member, Breakthrough Miami Board of Directors

Julianne exemplifies one of the greatest stories of leadership that has helped shape our organization’s growth and profoundly expanded our impact. She has served in a leadership role at a pivotal time in the organization’s development, helping to nurture the seed planted in 1991. Julianne has furthered our important work with her creativity. Propelling the organization’s brand, supporters and affinity, many of the ideas she sparked have since become embedded, in a more formal way, into our organizational infrastructure, traditions and program. Her leadership has helped bring together enthusiastic volunteers with shared interests, enhancing the embedded service-learning partnerships at our host site schools, and bringing to life new programming support and traditions.

Jeffrey Miller
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Krillion Ventures
Chairman, Breakthrough Miami Board of Directors
Founding Chairman, Beacon College Prep Board
Chair, University of Miami Frost School of Music Board

Founding Breakthrough Miami board member and passionate advocate for education, Jeff embodies the Breakthrough spirit of transformational leadership. Jeff’s ambitious vision and goals for Breakthrough Miami have been instrumental to advancing our trajectory of growth and success. His steady leadership, big heart, coaching, ideas, advocacy and introductions over 14 years have helped us fundamentally evolve as a stronger and more effective organization and team. Building and promoting the partnership with Ransom Everglades, and more recently Beacon College Prep, Jeff has worked tirelessly to accelerate and advance Breakthrough Miami.

In memoriam: Dr. Eugene Sayfie

As an early member of the SummerBridge Advisory Board, Dr. Eugene Sayfie served in a leadership role at a pivotal time in the organization’s development, helping to nurture the seed planted in 1991 with an inaugural class of forty Scholars. Dr. Sayfie’s belief in the promise of student potential and equitable educational opportunities, helped foster a community of supporters who galvanized to grow a partnership that would later evolve into an independent 501c3, Breakthrough Miami. Honoring Dr. Sayfie’s legacy, we also recognize the enduring, candid and heartfelt partnership and support of the family, who have been by our side as passionate advocates and avid supporters.

For inquiries or additional information contact our SAS Concierge:
Marisol Sierra, Director of Development / 786.368.5064