Up until last year I had not heard of Breakthrough Cincinnati. Its a great program to help kids going into 6th to 9th grade maintain their learning over the summer, work with other kids and build great habits for a lifetime. It is primarily taught by older students, college students and new teachers. I was truly amazed by the program when my oldest was accepted to attend.
Over the course of the 6 weeks they worked on math, reading, debate, teamwork. They had a college and high school faire to show the kids the options they had. There was a career day where professionals came in to speak to the kids about different options.
I would love to see programs like this expanded to help more students. I had the opportunity to speak with a number of students and they all seemed to enjoy the program. We saw a huge difference in how seriously our daughter took school this year and I attribute it to both Breakthrough and increasing maturity on her part.
If you have a student in this age group, I highly recommend looking into it. The primary focus is kids from disadvantaged groups but my daughter didn’t fall into any of the categories and was accepted.