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Mission Statement

Breakthrough Miami uses a unique “students-teaching-students” model to create a rigorous, vibrant learning community, where highly motivated, traditionally underrepresented 5th-12th grade students are supported to achieve post-secondary success and emerging leaders are inspired to become the next generation of educators and advocates.
Kenneth Garrett Senior Site Director
Kenneth Garret currently serves as the Senior Site Director for Breakthroughs Miami Country Day Site. He’s been involved with Breakthrough since 2013 and started his Breakthrough Journey as a volunteer. He graduated from Barry University with his degree in Business Administration but chose to work in the world of nonprofit to help lead change for students that come from under-resourced communities. The reason he chose Breakthrough is that he believes in the mission and has seen the benefits of the work from the view of a volunteer and an administrator. By giving students the resources Miami Country Day offers, we are working together to close the achievement gap.
I had no idea how deeply I would be affected by all these children and how much they would inspire me every day. It’s been such a fantastic ride to see this program go from a handful of students who wanted to have a business club to more than 200 who have participated in one of our programs. I can’t wait to see where this year will lead!
Christine graduated from Miami Country Day School in 2008. After Country Day she attended Mount Holyoke College and graduated in 2012 with a Major in Sociology and a Minor in Sports Pedagogy & Coaching. In addition to her duties as Director of Alumni, she also spends her time as the Assistant Coach for the MCDS Girls Varsity Basketball team. In her free time, she enjoys working out, traveling around the world with her mom and spending time with her friends. Fun fact, Christine was born in Montreal, Canada, but her family is originally from Haiti. ​
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Janyiah Olawale Assistant Site Director
Janyiah Olawale is an Ed enthusiast born and raised in Miami, FL. Early on in life she realized that education was important and immersed herself in school. She is a proud alumna of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University(FAMU), where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. She credits her HBCU experience with changing her life because she was encouraged to embrace her true self. Upon graduating she was selected to join Teach for America and served as a Middle School English teacher in Charlotte, NC for 3 years. After recently returning to Miami she transitioned into the nonprofit world where she can further her obsession with all things logistical!
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Student Aids

Become a MCDS Volunteer

Our school year program operates TWO Saturdays a month between OCTOBER 2020 and APRIL 2021. This fall we will be providing all our programming virtually, meaning nearly all volunteer opportunities will be online via web conference and will require an internet capable device. Please complete this form and the Breakthrough site staff at Miami Country Day will contact you within a week with information regarding the following: volunteer orientation and volunteer work schedule.
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Scholarships Opportunities

Miami Country Day has awarded over 24 Breakthrough Miami Scholars with full scholarships from 6th grade to 12th grade since 2011. This year two rising 9th graders will be receiving the Christopher N. Bellows Breakthrough Scholarships to complete their high school academic career at Miami Country Day School. This scholarship aims to give Breakthrough Scholars access to the Miami Country Day community along with helping the Scholars reach their full potential. 
“Breakthrough Miami allows for everyone to be able to explore various activities and hobbies, whether it be different sports, various forms of art, or academics. And Breakthrough Miami makes lives of so many families a little more convenient since they offer so much with no large cost attached to it. Breakthrough Miami really fosters a creative, artistic environment and allows for everyone to be able to explore various activities and hobbies.”
Rashad Heagle, Breakthrough Miami Scholar 2018
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Breakthrough Club Information

The Breakthrough Miami Club was founded in October 2019. The Breakthrough Club is a part of the Spartan community that dedicates their school year to civic engagement by serving as volunteers for Breakthrough’s school year programming. Our club members host classes in fields such as STEM, environmental studies, art, sports, and entrepreneurship. Our club members volunteer in exchange for service hours and also participate in our paid summer internship. 
“My Breakthrough experience has been one that I will never forget for the rest of my life. Wether it’s super Saturday’s or holiday  events, Breakthrough Miami always creates a fun, learning environment. I have been working with Breakthrough Miami for three years now and every single aspect of it has helped me grown to a better individual.”
Jasper Feldman, Breakthrough Miami Club President
“Breakthrough has opened so many doors of opportunities for me, I would not be where I am today without Breakthrough. I have had the opportunity to go to one of the most prestigious private schools in Miami and receive a great education, and I am forever thankful. Breakthrough has also served as a safe space for me to grow as a person and remain involved with my community.“
Rootbenie Desir, Class of 2021
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February 20th Super Saturday programming
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April 10th Super Saturday programming
April 24th Super Saturday programming

Breakthrough Miami Special Events

During our Super Saturdays, we host programming with student from grades 5th to 8th. Students are required to take a core class, attend advisory, and end the day with an elective. Our volunteers host all of the classes and we cover topics such as Environmental Science, Art, STEM, and Entrepreneurship to name a few. The goal of Saturday programming is to not just educate students but to also adhere to their interest and build skills that they will use for a lifetime.
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