Breakthrough Miami


PICS Organization Name
Breakthrough Miami

Miami, Florida

Organization Description

Breakthrough Miami provides an award-winning, eight-year, tuition-free academic enrichment program that uses a students-teaching-students model to make that vision a reality. We serve 1,300 high-potential, 5th through 12th grade students from across the county in our six-week Summer Institute and school-year programs, which take place on the campuses of top independent schools and at the University of Miami. We engage outstanding high-school seniors and college students in a summer teaching fellowship that has been rated by The Princeton Review as a top-10 service learning experience.

Internship Description

All of the following duties and responsibilities are essential position functions, though some Teaching Fellows may have a greater responsibility for some of the functions listed. The list is not all inclusive and individuals may be asked to perform other position-related duties as requested by their Breakthrough Miami supervisors.

  • Act as a role model to Breakthrough Miami scholars
  • Provide academic support services to scholars under the direction of Breakthrough staff at designated Breakthrough Miami sites
  • Deliver Breakthrough Miami’s academic curriculum in a small-group setting during the Summer Institute
  • Mentor scholars on the skills and strategies needed for success in school, including organization, time management, homework completion, and study habits
  • Work closely with assigned Breakthrough Miami site director on assigned scholar roster.
  • Aid in the planning and implementation of Breakthrough’s summer programming
  • Participate actively in all training, professional development, civic reflection, and service activities
  • Reporting requirements include weekly timesheets and monthly data reporting.
Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$450 8 6/5/21 - 7/30/21 8:00 am 5:00 pm Yes (costs $500) Yes No Yes

Internship Qualifications

  • Effective communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to follow through with assigned tasks and responsibilities
  • Flexibility and openness to changing roles
  • Ability to work cooperatively on a team and be an active team member
  • Respond well to constructive criticism and input on how to improve performance
  • Effective academic support and mentoring skills
  • Willingness to learn and to attend all AmeriCorps trainings and meetings
  • Commitment to working with youth and to community service
  • Ability to manage several concurrent issues and solve problems effectively
  • Ability to complete paperwork accurately and meet deadlines
  • Bilingual (Spanish or Haitian Creole) strongly preferred
  • Ability to relate to people from diverse backgrounds

Additional Info

  • Housing available to student for $500
  • Background check, drug screening, and CPR training required, but will be covered by organization.
  • Pre-work is required which consists of completing online training modules prior to the start date.

Former Interns
Victor Ramirez '23, Ashley Roundtree '21, Brayan Mata Madrigal '22, Samuel Aftel '20, Toyin Edogun '20, Heavyn Jennings '20

Evaluation Excerpt

My best work experience was definitely doing one on ones! Every week, I had the opportunity to check in with five different students in a one on one Zoom call. During the check ins, I’d ask how their classes were going, what they were enjoying, what they weren’t enjoying, and what they were looking forward to. We also had the chance to talk about their personal lives; how their family was doing, interests and hobbies, worries about the pandemic, thoughts about high school, etc. I really enjoyed these one on ones because they gave me the space to genuinely learn about some of my students! -- Ashley Roundtree '21
Breakthrough’s mission is to “ensure that motivated, under-resourced middle-school students have access to excellent high-school opportunities, graduate from high school on time, and attend college,'' a motto that I believe they live by. During the course of six weeks I got to meet dozens of students who faced challenging circumstances, from gang violence to poverty to broken households. My job as a teaching fellow was to motivate and prepare these students to achieve their best in school, in order to be successful in life. I got to see the real life effects of the opportunity gap, and meet the students who are on an uphill journey. Making genuine relationships with many of my students was the most fulfilling part of this internship, making me realize why so many teachers love their job. - Brayan Mata Madrigal '22
In terms of strengths, Breakthrough Miami provides students from under-resourced backgrounds with educational and socioemotional programming to compensate for the systemic inequities of the city's public-school system. Hence, the inherent mission of and educational and social outcomes fostered by the Breakthrough-Miami project demonstrate the profound importance and strengths of the organization. What's more, based on my summer experience with Breakthrough Miami, the organization carries out its objectives with dedication and integrity. -- Samuel Aftel '20

The strengths of the project are the goals it has to educate young scholars and close the opportunity gap. The resources these kids get by attending this program are incredible. It's an AMAZING organization that does real, impactful work. 
—Maya Aronoff '19

My best work experience was my fifth day of teaching when I taught the scholars addition of subtraction of Fractions. It went by smoothly and the scholars were thoroughly engaged and wanted to do more complex problems. 
—Heavyn Jennings '20

I connected with the service mission because I am passionate about the educational inequity that exists in this country. I am now even more convinced that I am in the right field of study and that I should continue to pursue my dreams of becoming a professor. —Toyin Edogun '20