Apply by 1/13: Become a Breakthrough Collaborative Tutor!

Freshman Zoe Baker has worked as a Breakthrough Collaborative volunteer in the past and it’s a great opportunity! Definitely apply if you’re interested in helping mentor younger children.–PMK

Program Description: Breakthrough San Francisco is a member of Breakthrough Collaborative, a national education nonprofit that launches motivated middle school students with limited educational opportunities on the road to college and encourages young people to pursue careers in education.  We are looking for tutors to work after-school with academically motivated 5th and 6th grade students from underserved communities around San Francisco.

Tutors receive training and ongoing support from Breakthrough’s program staff, and are matched with 1-3 Breakthrough students to work with closely for the duration of the semester. Please note that this is a volunteer position, and that admissions is selective. Successful applicants demonstrate enthusiasm, attention to detail, and an interest in educational equity.

For more information, visit or email Jenee Woo Scott, Director of Student Support, at


In order to be a Breakthrough tutor, you must commit to the following dates:

 Application Deadline:  Friday, January 13, 2012

 Tutor Training: Week of January 30, 2012 (specifics TBA)

Program Dates:

  • Tutors commit to working one afternoon per week – Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday – throughout the fall semester, beginning the week of February 6 and ending the week of May 7 (with no programming the week of February 20, the week of March 26, the week of April 9).
  • Optional Breakthrough Saturdays will be on March 24, April 21, and May 12




3:30-3:45 – Snack and All Community Meeting (ACM)

3:45-4:25 – Homework help

4:40-5:30 –Class or extended tutoring

Tutors are expected to attend from 3:30-5:30pm



Breakthrough Saturdays are interactive days of learning through which students have the opportunity to broaden their horizons.  Saturdays usually run from 9am to 1pm.  On March 24, we will be doing a community service project at the San Francisco Food Bank.  On April 21, we will be travelling to Stanford University for our annual College Day.  On May 5, we will get outside for an urban hike. If you are interested in helping out with any or all of these Saturdays, please check the Saturday box on the following page.

Download the application here: Breakthrough New Tutor Application



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