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Project Breakthrough, a workplace mentoring program, specifically targets youth in their 10th grade year of high school with the hope that the matches will continue together for the next 3 ½ years. Our school partner, Hoffman Estates High School, was eager and excited to offer this unique opportunity to their students. The core focus of this program will be a combination of traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship building activities with one added component. Big Brothers Big Sisters has partnered with Umoja Student Development Corporation to develop a curriculum that focuses on helping students achieve post-secondary success. This dual focus curriculum will help the students be prepared to make the transition from high school to college.

In their own words, this is what one match had to say about why they were interested in Project Breakthrough:

Little: “I joined the program because I don’t know how to say this… I don’t have anyone one in my family that went to college and I don’t know what it takes to get there so I joined the program so someone could show me the way and help guide me to the right school. I want someone that will not just tell me good job and you can do it! I want someone that is going to tell it to me straight when I need to do better”.

Big: “I joined the program because our youth are our future and I want to help someone along the way. My hope is that we will build a great connection and I will be someone she can come to if she needs help.”


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