Breakthrough is pleased to announce that Bristol Myers Squibb will serve as the lead sponsor of our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programming for the 2020-21 year, investing $25,000 in our after-school and summer STEM classes, events, and career exploration for our 244 5 – 12th graders, all of whom have made an eight-year commitment to our program with the goal of attending a four-year college.

Bristol Myers Squibb is a leading global biopharma company focused on discovering, developing and delivering innovative medicines for patients with serious diseases. The company has a presence in the Bay Area with Research & Early Development sites in San Francisco and Redwood City. The Bristol Myers Squibb team is focused on helping millions of patients around the world in disease areas such as oncology, hematology, immunology, cardiovascular and neuroscience. Through the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the company supports community-based programs that promote cancer awareness, screening, care and support among high-risk populations in the United States, as well as China, Brazil and sub-Saharan Africa. Employees around the world work every day to transform patients’ lives through science.

Through this partnership, we’ll ensure hard-working students in San Francisco have the inspiration and support to pursue careers in the STEM field. Rebeca, a Breakthrough student in the tenth grade at Lowell High School, dreams of becoming a surgeon. “Before Breakthrough’s summer program, I was always really uncomfortable with science and didn’t like it at all,” she says. “But all during the summer, my teacher, Abigail, would come sit with me during our study time and she’d let me stay after school to help me learn science. After a while, I started to love science, and now it’s my favorite subject!”