Breakthrough knows that education and youth development are key to a healthy and stable community and is pursuing quality academic enrichment as a means for positive community development and academic success. Breakthrough’s focus on education not only includes a student’s academic performance, but also a whole-family focus that works collectively to overcome the generational forces of poverty. At Breakthrough, families have leadership, volunteer opportunities, and input into their child’s education. Through education and building a network of relationships, Breakthrough is able to make a powerful long-term impact on breaking the cycle of poverty in East Garfield Park by leveraging both local resident partnerships and a significant track record of long-term success. For over 16 years, this model has allowed Breakthrough to work alongside families and create a new culture around education in East Garfield Park.