Breakthrough Cincinnati

Name of Non-Profit Organization *
Breakthrough Cincinnati, Inc.
Today’s Date: * Sunday, February 26, 2023
Organization’s website
EIN / 501(C)(3)Number *
What year did your organization receive it’s non-profit status? *
Address *

6905 Given Road
Cincinnati, OH 45243
United States
County *
Your Name * Cady Short-Thompson
Your Title *
Executive Director
Your email address *
Your Phone Number (513) 368-1965
Executive Director’s Name *
Cady Short-Thompson
Executive Director’s email address *
What is the mission of your organization?
We energize underrepresented aspirational students to enter college with confidence. They are taught and nurtured by service-minded young adults and encouraging families. Our safe and inspiring space activates this transformational community to advance education, equity, and economic mobility in the tri-state.

Breakthrough Cincinnati is a four-year, tuition-free, summer academic program that provides academic enrichment opportunities to high-potential and high-need middle school students and inspires and trains and nurtures a diverse cadre of high school juniors and seniors and college students to become the next generation of teachers.

Which social causes (up to 3 choices) does your agency address through its programming? *
  • (3) Children
  • (5) Education
  • (10) Life Skills
Any comments about your selections you would like to share with the student philanthropists?
Hello, students!

Breakthrough Cincinnati believes in the power of young people. Everyone who gets involved with Breakthrough definitely gets something out of it – students, teaching fellows, families, community members, volunteers, etc.

For 31 years, Breakthrough Cincinnati has helped thousands of Cincinnati students and teachers with college readiness, career readiness, leadership development, community engagement, etc. Rising fifth through eighth graders from over 55 schools in Hamilton County attend a five-week summer learning program where “it’s cool to be smart.” The program is taught by near-peer teaching fellows– high school juniors and seniors as well as undergraduate college students–who aspire to become educators or simply want to serve to create a more just and equitable community. There is a special bond between the teaching fellows and students that creates a fun learning environment – an experience with memories that last a lifetime!

Check out our Instagram and Facebook for more information about Breakthrough. When the five-week summer learning program isn’t in session, we’re still doing a lot of planning and prepping for the next summer… along with school-year programming! We’re active on social media and are always willing to answer any questions you have. Join our team of impactful changemakers!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Does your organization have volunteer opportunities available for students? *
Yes, Grades 9 – 12
List possible volunteer opportunities -or- a link to where they can be found on the web.
We could use the help and talent of volunteers with things like summer program classroom aides, office and project support, social media, etc.
Check out our website, for more opportunities, or feel free to Direct Message us on Instagram or Social Media! You’re also welcome to email our program directors at Thanks for reading!
Volunteer coordinator Elana Elmore
Volunteer coordinator’s email address
Volunteer coordinator’s phone number (513) 204-9139