Breakthrough partners with youth who are experiencing poverty to build connections, develop skills, and open doors of opportunity. The Breakthrough Youth Network (BYN) offers four key initiatives for youth ages 2 to 19 including early childhood education, afterschool and summer academic enrichment, a robust sports program, and the London Johnson Arts and Technology Academy (LJATA).
LJATA provides programming in five areas to 112 students: (1) robotics and coding, (2) digital arts and photography, (3) ceramics, (4) musical and orchestra, and (5) culinary arts. Each program uses expert-created content and state-of-the-art technological equipment and makers spaces. In classes, students meet weekly for 2 to 4 hours over the course of 8 weeks during weekday evenings and on weekends, totaling 16 to 32 hours of in-class instruction. In addition to weekly classes, LJATA offers summer camps. Courses are led by volunteers who are often experts and professionals in their field and are offered at beginner, intermediate, and expert levels. High school students who complete all three levels of LJATA programming and become knowledgeable in a particular topic have the opportunity to participate in the Student Leadership Program, which aims to develop emerging community leaders and provide practical work experience to students who will pursue a career in the STEAM industries.
Breakthrough shares CLX's passion for creating hands-on, engaging programs and spaces to inspire the next generation of leaders to pursue their interests in STEAM industries and develop essential skills.