Founded in 1991, Breakthrough Miami aims to inspire and encourage talented, motivated middle-school students to enter and thrive in top college-preparatory high school programs and graduate from college. The program also promotes careers in education for outstanding high school and college students who teach, tutor, and mentor in Breakthrough Miami’s Summer Institute and School Year Programs. Now in its third year, Palmer Trinity School's partnership with Breakthrough Miami gave way to Breakthrough's first expansion site into Southwest Miami-Dade County. This summer, Palmer Trinity School welcomed more than 150 rising 5th-, 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-grade students for Breakthrough's second Summer Institute at PTS.

“We are also excited to provide an opportunity for our own students who seek a career in the teaching arts. Given our shared vision of learning, leadership, and community, we are looking forward to the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship with Breakthrough Miami.” Jonah Stevens, the current Senior Site Director at Palmer Trinity School, had previously served as Associate Site Director at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Coconut Grove, Breakthrough Miami’s only all-girl site. He loved every moment contributing to the betterment of his Carrollton girls, but very much looks forward to taking on his new leadership role at Palmer Trinity.

Breakthrough Miami is modeled after the nationally recognized “Summerbridge” program founded in San Francisco, CA, by Louis Loufbourrow, in 1978. Over the past three decades, Breakthrough Collaborative has changed the trajectories of more than 10,000 disadvantaged students and inspired over 4,000 young people to pursue a career in education. Founded as a small program in a liberal haven across the country, Breakthrough has expanded incredibly, now operating in 33 sites nationwide, with a program as far as Hong Kong.
Elissa Vanaver

Lauren Kellner
Managing Director of Program Design and Evaluation
Jonah Stevens
Senior Site Director
Iman Sandifer
Associate Site Director
Office Number
305-251-2230 Ext. 170

8001 SW 184 Street, Miami, FL 33157
Tel: 305.251.2230 | Fax: 305.251.2917
An independent, college preparatory, co-ed, Episcopal day school serving a community of students grades 6-12.