The Beakthrough Collaborative was founded in San Francisco in 1978 and is a pioneer in the development and practice of Students Teaching Students and Teachers Training Teachers - two uniquely collaborative models of instruction. For 35 years, Breakthrough has quietly, consistently honed this cycle of reciprocal learning to increase the odds of success for all of our students, from middle-school through college.

Breakthrough’s innovative Students Teaching Students model serves two key constituencies—underserved, middle-school students and Teaching Fellows—high-school and college students who teach and advise their middle-school peers during multiple six-week academically rigorous summer sessions.

There are a number of Breakthrough Collaborative programs throughout the U.S. There is a Breakthrough program in St Paul, MN.