Breaking Through Barriers to High Achievement

By Maegan Azpiazu, Communications Specialist, Grades 9-12

This summer, Gulliver kicked off its third year as a partnering site for Breakthrough Miami as 160 scholars began a six-week Summer Institute program at the Prep Campus.

Breakthrough is a tuition-free academic enrichment program that provides students from underserved communities with the tools they need to achieve their most ambitious goals. Through a peer-mentoring model, the program serves more than 1,200 fifth through 12th grade students in Miami-Dade County, giving them access to excellent educational opportunities.

In addition to the Summer Institute program, Breakthrough scholars meet on 14 Saturdays throughout the academic year to participate in engaging enrichment activities and learn about the arts, coding, health sciences and more. Gulliver serves as one of six host sites for Breakthrough, as scholars in grades 5-8 attend Saturday and Summer Institute sessions, and scholars in grades 9-12 take part in Breakthrough's College Bound program at the University of Miami.

Breakthrough thrives on support from the Gulliver community and, through volunteer and teaching opportunities, aims to inspire and develop the next generation of teachers and educational leaders. Gulliver students serve as volunteers and teaching fellows; faculty members collaborate with students to teach classes and hold workshops for the scholars; and families come together to spearhead the Healthy Lunch Initiative. Started at the Gulliver site by Daniela Nunez P '25 in 2016, this initiative educates the scholars on the importance of healthy eating, as Gulliver families team up to prepare and serve nutritious meals on Breakthrough Saturdays.

Whether you're a parent, student, faculty member, coach or alumnus, there is a place for you to get involved with Breakthrough at Gulliver! Click here to watch how Breakthrough is making a difference, and to learn how you can get involved.

For more information on Breakthrough at Gulliver, contact Senior Site Director Dwanita L. Fields at dwanita@breakthroughmiami.org.