News from Breakthrough Twin Cities
January 2018
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This past Saturday, students focused on their high school options or potential career paths through brainstorming, discussion, and self-reflection! Our middle school students were given time to discuss where they will attend high school and what courses and activities they can be in once they enroll.

College Bound students had the opportunity to participate in small group Q&As led by a handful of volunteers who spoke about their careers and the paths they took to get there. Among those volunteers was an engineer, a third-year law student, and two HR professionals who conducted mock interviews with the students. The conversations that stemmed from these activities were exciting and thought provoking and we are very grateful to our volunteers!


Lay Lay, 9th grader at Humboldt High School, has just become a published author!

This past year, she worked with COMPAS, a program that brings professional artists into schools throughout  Minnesota, working with students "to spark their imaginations and infuse their lives with creativity." Lay Lay's poem is included in a collection of work titled "The Bursting Sound Within" and was selected from over 4,000 poems, stories, spoken word pieces, songs and comics. 

To read Lay Lay's work, click here.


1. a term used to abruptly express great joy, brought on by victory or an accomplishment. 
2. a term used in lieu of "homework" at Breakthrough Twin Cities where learning is valued, exciting, and fun! 
Celebrate with us at the Booyah Bash on Friday, May 4, from 6 – 10 pm at the Radisson Blu Mall of America.
The Booyah Bash is a fun and energizing event that celebrates the incredible accomplishments of BTC students – more specifically, our Class of 2018.  Enjoy actively engaging with students, hear inspirational stories of student’s journeys, participate in our dynamic live auction and experience the ways in which philanthropy supports our impactful program.
Proceeds from the event support highly motivated, yet under-resourced students on their path to college and life success.  For more information, visit or call

To purchase tickets visit the event page.


Breakthrough Twin Cities is seeking a volunteer to coordinate transportation support for 15-17 students students living in Minneapolis. This volunteer would work with Breakthrough staff and students each month during the week leading up to the Saturday Session, as well as attend Saturday Session each month. They would be responsible for chartering taxis or coordinating volunteer drivers and for communicating with students and families about pick-up and drop-off for each session.
Important Dates:
  • February 5th - 10th (Session on the 10th)
  • March 5th - 10th (Session on the 10th)
  • April 9th - 14th (Session on the 14th)
  • May 7th - 12th (Session on the 12th)
If you are interested in this volunteer position or would like more information, please contact Nick Hamel,

BTC recently received a generous grant from the CLA Foundation, recognizing the hard work of our students, Teaching Fellows, and staff.

"I was inspired to nominate BTC because I witness the team's hard work and their incredible stewardship of funds."                -Jennie Claver, CliftonLarsonAllen Controller

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