Breakthrough Cincinnati


Breakthrough Cincinnati (BTC) is a part of a national organization of 24 affiliates, Breakthrough Collaborative, aimed to reverse educational inequities. BTC has supported academically motivated middle school youth from Cincinnati’s underrepresented communities for over 20 years. In wanting to increase its impact, BTC began a partnership in 2016 with the Office of Education, Innovation, and Community Partnerships (EICP) within the CECH Dean’s Office to offer rigorous, tuition-free, year-round academic enrichment on UC’s campus. 


Breakthrough Cincinnati provides a rigorous four-year college-preparatory summer learning program for high-need and high-potential middle school students and inspires and trains college students as the next generation of teachers with innovative teaching practices.

Breakthrough Cincinnati members

We support a culture of community with students and teachers.
We emphasize the fun in learning.
We nurture inclusion.
We promote ‘it is cool to be smart.’


We are Breakthrough Cincinnati. We believe in the power of young people. Through hard work, determination, and discipline, we can achieve our goals. We believe in ourselves. We are Breakthrough Cincinnati.

Student Programming

Breakthrough Cincinnati (BTC) offers a six-week, daily summer academic enrichment program as well as routine school-year experiences to over 270 students who are entering grades six through nine. BTC is a four-year program. We only accept new students who are entering the sixth and seventh grade.

Breakthrough Cincinnati Summer Program
BTC Members smiling

BTC’s four-year summer program helps middle school youth develop the necessary organizational, study, critical thinking, and communication skills needed to succeed in high school and beyond. Each day students take courses in English, math, history and science in small classes of eight to ten students. In the afternoon, students attend foreign language and academic electives, life skills and leadership workshops, and participate in additional
experiences in athletics or the arts. Students also experience community service, career exploration and outdoor experiences.

During the four school years, BTC remains invested in the academic success of our students. We host Super Saturdays around the community to maintain connections with our students and offer college and career exploration. We also work to support students who encounter barriers to educational resources during the academic calendar.

BTC aims to create a cohort of support for students as they build skills that help them navigate their way through middle and high school and prepare for college.

At Breakthrough Cincinnati, you can cut through the summer haze in a program where you can be yourself and stay at the top of your game. If you are in fifth grade and you want to take your learning and fun to the next level, Breakthrough Cincinnati is for you.

Summer Program Dates for 2021:

Anticipated to be--June 20-July 29
Apply by visiting our website in January.

Working and Learning with Breakthrough Cincinnati

Spend your summer inspiring and leading young people as a part of Breakthrough Cincinnati’s fun and dedicated team. You can impact the success of middle school students while you explore your own future career opportunities. Learn more about Breakthrough Cincinnati’s “students teaching students” model by watching this video on YouTube.

BTC Team Members
BTC team members

There are three types of positions open each summer.

  • Teaching Fellows are high school or college students wishing to explore teaching as a future career path or to have meaningful impact with youth.
  • Instructional Coaches are current practicing classroom teachers looking to develop their mentoring and leadership skills.
  • Administrative Team members are early career educators, current practicing teachers, or graduate students with a desire to expand their leadership skills.
Contact our Program Director, Dr. Tiffany Dolder-Holland, to learn about ways to fulfil a:
  1. Co-op experience
  2. Honors experience
  3. Field Experience
  4. Internship
  5. Service-Learning experience

School-Year opportunities available.

Summer Program Dates for 2022:

Anticipated to be--June 20-July 29
Summer hiring begins in November and is completed before March. Apply by visiting our website.



Headshot of Dr. Tiffany Dolder-Holland

Dr. Tiffany Dolder-Holland

Program Director