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


The commitment for summer 2021 will differ depending on whether we are virtual, in-person, or hybrid – please see dates and times below. If we are in-person, VLPs will serve in two shifts (morning and afternoon). If we are virtual, we anticipate that all VLPs will serve from roughly 8:30 am – 2:30 pm, which will include ample screen breaks; the program will also end a week earlier. We are still considering what a hybrid model may look like for our community.  We ask for your flexibility as our plans evolve!


  • VLP Level II and III Training: June 9 – 11, 2021 from 11 am – 5:30 pm
  • ALL VLP Training: June 14 – 22, 2021 from 11:30 am – 5 pm, with some evening events

Summer Program

  • Virtual: June 23 – July 23, 2021
    • Mon – Fri: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
  • In-Person: June 23 – July 30, 2021
    • Weekly Schedule 1 (Mon – Thu): 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
    • Weekly Schedule 2 (Mon – Thu): 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    • ALL Fri: 12 – 5 pm 


The VLP application for summer 2021 is now available and can be found here. Before applying, please carefully review the job descriptions for VLP Level I (formerly New VLPs) and VLP Levels II and III (former Returners and Senior VLPs). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until April 30, 2021. Questions can be directed to Shane Brent-Maldonado, Director of High School Programs.