Sunday, June 23, 2024
Elissa Spelman, executive director of the nonprofit Breakthrough Greater Boston, is flanked by Breakthrough students and teachers at the April 24 Springfest event.

Elissa Spelman, executive director of Breakthrough Greater Boston, is flanked by Breakthrough students and teachers at its Springfest event.

Cambridge public schools Superintendent Jeffrey Young attended the event with Spelman.

Cambridge public schools Superintendent Jeffrey Young attended the April 24 event with Spelman.

Breakthrough Greater Boston raised $215,000 at its annual Springfest event April 24 for use in its dual programs: helping under-resourced students get to four-year colleges and training the next generation of urban teachers.

The event also celebrated the Cambridge nonprofit’s first year of expansion in Boston.

“Over the past 20 years, Breakthrough has proudly served the Cambridge community, helping students bridge the achievement gap. We are thrilled to now bring our services to the Boston community to guide twice as many students in achieving their dream of graduating from a four-year college,” said Elissa Spelman, its executive director.

The Fletcher Maynard Academy-based program held this year’s Springfest at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston to celebrate the introduction of its Students Teaching Students model at TechBoston Academy in Dorchester this summer – marking the first time Breakthrough will run multiple sites in the city, doubling the number of middle schoolers, high school students and aspiring young teachers taking part.

More than 300 guests – including Cambridge public schools Superintendent Jeffrey Young – enjoyed a reception with live music, an auction and raffle with donated contributions from more than a dozen local businesses and people, as well as student and teacher testimonials and remarks from organization officials.

“Springfest represents a fantastic opportunity for the Cambridge and Boston communities to come together and support equal access to quality education,” Spelman said.