Volunteer Leadership Program

Grow as a Leader

“VLPs” are high school students – both current Breakthrough students and other interested students from local high schools – who serve as leaders and role models to our hard working rising fifth – eighth graders during our intensive summer academic program. 

This is an incredible opportunity to give back to younger students while developing as a leader. VLP responsibilities include:

  • Decorating the school to enhance Breakthrough spirit
  • Helping to run lunch service
  • Assisting a Breakthrough teacher in their academic class
  • Co-teaching an elective class, such as dance, poetry, or soccer
  • Supporting students in our after-school tutoring program
  • Helping students organize their materials (homework binders, planners, and backpacks)
  • Supervising students during All-School Meeting (ASM), lunch, recess, or after school
  • Overseeing student use of the library
  • Leading students in fun Breakthrough cheers
  • Helping with special events such as Field Day, Spirit Week, Community Day, and Celebration
  • Creating our annual Summerbook
  • Assisting with administrative work (making copies, filing, etc)
  • Helping to enforce the norms and expectations at Breakthrough


Anticipated dates for summer 2021 are as follows:

  • June 9 – 11: Senior VLP Orientation
  • June 14 – 18: All-VLP Orientation
  • June 21 – July 30: Summer Program

Orientation hours will vary, but will typically run from approximately 11 am – 5:30 pm. From June 21 – July 30, VLPs will serve on one of two shifts Mon – Thu: either (1) 8:30 am – 1:30 pm or (2) 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm. On Fri, all VLPs will volunteer from 12 – 5 pm.



We anticipate that the VLP application for summer 2021 will be available in December 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until April 30, 2021. To receive notification when the application launches, please complete this brief form. Questions can be directed to Shane Brent-Maldonado, Director of High School Programs.