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


We are planning an in-person program for summer 2022.  Anticipated dates are below. New this year, VLP Level I and II’s will choose one track to participate in (4 or 5 weeks total, including training). VLP Level III’s will serve for the entire summer (8 weeks total, including training). Please note that all VLPs must be vaccinated against COVID-19 (including a booster shot).

  • VLP Level II and III Training: June 6 – 10, 2022 (Mon – Fri from approximately 4:30 – 7:30 pm each day)
  • All-VLP Orientation: June 13 – 17, 2022 (Mon – Fri from approximately 11:30 am – 5 pm each day, as well as some evening events)
  • Track I: June 21 – July 8, 2022 (Mon – Fri from approximately 8:30 am – 5:30 pm each day)
  • Track 2: July 11 – July 29, 2022 (Mon – Fri from approximately 8:30 am – 5:30 pm each day)

For more information, view the position descriptions: Level I, Level II, and Level III.


The VLP application for summer 2022 is now available! The first step in the process is to complete the interest form; after that, we’ll contact you with the full application. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis from Jan 4 – Apr 1, 2022, though we may close the application prior to Apr 1 if applicant numbers are high; applying early is highly encouraged. Questions can be directed to Shane Brent-Maldonado, Director of High School Programs.