Breakthrough at Kent Denver News

May 2021 Newsletter

Happy Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

A message from the Breakthrough Collaborative:

"Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Breakthrough! We are proud to celebrate the contributions of our AAPI community members across the Collaborative. In times of blatant injustice, we are especially inspired by your tireless work towards achieving educational equity and making our mission a reality for students across the nation.

We'd like to share this quote from the late peace activist Yuri Kochiyama;

"Remember that consciousness is power. Consciousness is education and knowledge. Consciousness is becoming aware. It is the perfect vehicle for students. Consciousness-raising is pertinent for power, and be sure that power will not be abusively used, but used for building trust and goodwill domestically and internationally. Tomorrow's world is yours to build.""

(Breakthrough Collaborative. May 2021)

Breakthrough at Kent Denver runs a six week academic Summer Program and a nine week Teacher Training Program that you have to see to believe! Visitors & volunteers will have the chance to speak to students and teachers, as well as experience the program in action!

If you would like to visit us but are unable to come to any of the dates listed on the Google form linked below, please contact Sarah at When you sign up, Sarah will send out an email reminder a week before your visit.

The Summer Program runs from June 21 to July 30, 2021


***Program Visit***

Come tour the program and meet students and teachers!

***Assist with Career Day***

Option 1) Come to Kent Denver's campus to help the rising 7th and 8th graders practice interview skills! You help us pick who "gets the job!"

Option 2) Come to Kent Denver and present your specific career to a group of 9th and 10th graders! Show our students the path to your specific career!

Click here to see the dates and sign up!

Submit the google form and Sarah Dutcher will contact you.

Breakthrough Community Kudos

College Bound

As we wrap up another year of virtual learning, we are grateful for the positive shift towards returning to in-person learning. In the midst of this transition our Breakthrough students continue to show their resiliency by staying dedicated to their future goals and finishing the year strong! We want to highlight some Breakthrough students who actively embody the values of Breakthrough despite this challenging year.
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Rosine is a current Senior attending Dr. MLK Jr. Early College. Despite having to navigate the reality of virtual learning, she stayed on her college bound journey and has been accepted to the University of Colorado in Denver! Rosine is excited to graduate in the Spring and begin her studies in the Fall!


What does Breakthrough mean to you?

"Breakthrough has helped me to emerge from my shell and blossom into a radiant & proactive global steward, who is ready to change the world! Breakthrough has given me the resources to craft meaningful connections, and ask myself how I can rise for everyone through acts of advocacy, compassion, and awareness.

Breakthrough means shattering negative preconceived notions that are placed on me, and ultimately, generating the change and success I would like to see for the world. Unequivocally, Breakthrough means taking hold of all the opportunities that await for me to see my dreams and visions come to life!"

In what ways has your Breakthrough experience contributed to your College Bound Journey?

"Breakthrough has helped me tremendously in self advocacy for my College Bound journey. As a Black womxn in an educational system that operates in opposition to my success, it becomes infuriating witnessing indignities perpetually affect and disincentivize students who look like me. As a result, I personally have felt that I am not worthy of pursuing enrichment opportunities. This heavy feeling should not be felt by any student.

However, with my time at Breakthrough, I have been exposed to leaders who are passionate about my pursuits and are more than willing to assist, guide, and provide resources that will aid me on my journey. The Breakthrough team makes me feel welcomed to be able to ask questions, learn, and most importantly encourage me to realize that I am more than deserving of my future pursuits and aspirations. I am inundated with gratification. Every student should have a portal such as Breakthrough at Kent Denver to expose them to impactful and transformative avenues!"

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Randy is a current Senior attending Denver South High School. Despite having to navigate the reality of virtual learning, he stayed on his college bound journey and has been accepted to Metropolitan State University of Denver! Randy is excited to graduate in the Spring and begin his studies in the Fall! He is also returning to the Breakthrough community this summer as a Teaching Fellow!


What does Breakthrough mean to you?

"To me, Breakthrough means being apart of a community where the journey to success doesn’t solely have to be a difficult and challenging journey, but also an exciting one. It’s a place that truly brings learning to life and makes learning fun for students and aspiring teachers."

In what ways has your Breakthrough experience contributed to your College Bound Journey?

"The College Bound program has been a prominent contribution to my college bound journey. Not only has Breakthrough supported me in the pursuit of my post-secondary endeavors, but they also helped guide me to make best decisions for me and my future."


We are thrilled that we are less than 1 month away from our 2021 Summer programming! We are preparing to deliver an in-person Summer Program for our students. There are aspects of our "normal" summer that will have to shift to ensure we are staying safe and protecting our community. However, the full time time team is diligently planning programming that amplifies our Breakthrough culture and addresses learning loss as a result of COVID-19.

Countdown to Teacher Training Program!

Teaching Fellows Begin 2021 Teacher Training!

Countdown to Summer Program w/ Students

Students Begin 2021 Summer Program!

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