Breakthrough Leadership Program

What is a BLP?

BLPs are high school students who serve as leaders and role models to our rising fifth – eighth graders during our summer academic program. This is an incredible opportunity to give back to younger students while developing as a leader. Responsibilities include:

  • Decorating the school to enhance Breakthrough spirit
  • Co-teaching an elective class, such as dance, poetry, or soccer
  • Supporting students in our after-school tutoring program
  • Helping with lunch and recess
  • Leading students in fun Breakthrough cheers
  • Planning special events such as Field Day, Spirit Week, Community Day, and Celebration
  • Creating our annual Summerbook
  • And more!

Summer 2024 applications are due by April 1, 2024, with applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning February 15, 2024. Questions can be directed to Shane Brent-Maldonado, Director of High School Programs.

Summer 2024 Commitment

Training + Orientation Weeks

  • BLP Level II and III Training: June 3 – 7, 2024 (Mon – Fri, roughly 11 am – 7 pm each day)
  • Orientation (all BLPs): June 10 – 14, 2024 (Mon – Fri, roughly 11:30 am – 5 pm each day, plus occasional evening events)

Summer Program

  • June 17 – July 26, 2024 (Mon – Fri from 11 am – 5 pm each day, plus occasional evening events; possible earlier start each morning for Level II and III BLPs)

Other Details


  • All students currently in high school (grades 9 – 12) are eligible to apply, with preference given to current Breakthrough students and current or prior Breakthrough volunteers.


  • We strive to provide a stipend to our volunteers each summer. Stipend amounts for summer 2024 will be finalized by late spring. In addition, all hours count toward high school volunteer requirements.