After-School Program

COVID-19 Update

Due to COVID, our fall 2020 after-school program will be fully virtual. As a result, we are prioritizing volunteers with previous Breakthrough experience, whether in our after-school or summer program. Volunteers can be based anywhere, as long as your internet connection allows for videoconferencing and you’re available at the designated times (PST). Please see below for more information and a link to the application, due Fri, Sept 18.

If you haven’t previously volunteered with Breakthrough, please complete this brief form to express your interest, and we’ll contact you if we should have an opening for an additional volunteer this fall. We’ll also keep you posted about future plans (we anticipate deciding in late fall as to whether we’ll be virtual or in-person for spring 2021.)


The fall tutoring commitment is one afternoon per week. We anticipate that programming will take place during our typical time each day (3:30 – 5:30 pm on Mon and Wed, 4 – 6 pm on Tue and Thu). The after-school program is currently set to start the week of October 5 and run through the week of November 30.

We will hold a mandatory volunteer training on Wed, Sept 30 from 5 – 8 pm. (It’s possible we’ll find some other ways to do this training, but for now, that’s part of the commitment.) We will likely also have a mid-semester training or take-home assignment, and a mid-semester check-in early November. Volunteers are expected to attend our end-of-semester Celebration on Thu, Dec 3 from 6 – 7:30 pm.

Volunteer Options


We will make more firm decisions regarding how tutoring will work in September. For now, we are anticipating the general groupings to look mostly the same as in the past (Mon/Wed for 5th and 6th grade students, and Tue/Thu for 7th and 8th grade students). We hope to prioritize matching students with tutors with whom they already have a relationship. 


We hope to offer more elective classes this semester due to our virtual format, since setting up tutoring will be more difficult. Volunteers who are interested in an additional leadership opportunity can apply to teach a class. Teachers must submit a lesson plan each week and are observed during each lesson. 


If you are familiar with the Breakthrough summer program, this would look similar to advisory there. If not, advisory is a time for a small group of peers to hang out and do activities together. It can range from playing virtual Pictionary, to talking about current events like Black Lives Matter and COVID-19. (If you are not comfortable leading discussions on those topics, that’s OK.) We will provide you a basic structure, as well as resources for fun games to play, discussion questions, and so on.


It is possible we may offer a paid position this semester to teach more focused academic classes (math, ELA, science). This position is reserved for former summer Teaching Fellows and/or high schoolers with significant Breakthrough teaching experience (in after-school or through the VLP program). There is a specific place in the application for this, so please indicate your interest, and we will follow up with you separately.


The application to volunteer in fall 2020 is available below and is due by Fri, Sept 18. For your reference, the Application Reflection Questions are here; we recommend drafting your responses first and then pasting them into the application. Questions can be directed to Michael Duryee-Browner, Director of Curriculum and Instruction.