After-School Program

COVID-19 Update

Due to COVID, our spring 2021 after-school program will be fully virtual once again. As a result, we are prioritizing volunteers with previous Breakthrough experience, whether in our after-school or summer program. If you haven’t volunteered with Breakthrough before, however, we will still consider your application. 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, Jan 22.


The spring tutoring commitment is one afternoon per week (unless you’re interested in two afternoons, and we can use the coverage). Programming will take place during our typical times (3:30 – 5:30 pm on Mon and Wed, 4 – 6 pm on Tue and Thu). We’ll start the week of Feb 8 and run through the week of Apr 26, 2021. There will be no programming the weeks of Feb 15, Mar 29, and Apr 12.

We will hold a mandatory volunteer training on Wed, Feb 3 from roughly 5 – 6 pm, as well as optional mid-semester check-in conversation. Volunteers are expected to attend our End-of-Semester Celebration and Eighth Grade Moving Up Ceremony on Thu, Apr 29 from 6 – 7:30 pm.

Volunteer Options


General groupings will 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. Since students are opting into tutoring this school-year, groups are smaller, and often at a 3:1, 2:1, or even 1:1 tutor/tutee ratio. Some times students need the whole time to work, or sometimes they need less. Volunteers should still plan on setting aside the full two hours, though.


We would love to offer more elective classes this semester due to our virtual format. They were a big hit, as always, in the fall. 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. Examples include arts and crafts, food science, music origami, and poetry.


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. If you are familiar with advisory during the Breakthrough summer program, this will look similar.


We will once again have 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). This is a rigorous commitment and requires you to teach twice a week, as well as submitting in-depth lesson plans and accompanying materials, giving students feedback on Google Classroom, and meeting weekly with Michael. 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 spring 2021 is available below and is due by Fri, Jan 22. 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.