Here is a comprehensive list of organizations both city and nationwide that work in cohesion with Breaking Ground NYC and help to support our mission:



Brotherhood/Sister Sol- Harlem-based organization with a mission to empower black and Latino young women and men to think critically and become leaders in their communities. It offers a range of enriching educational after-school opportunities and summer programs designed to help youths realize and achieve their individual potential as well as increase their ability to empower others within their community.

SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge) and CD (College Discovery)-  two CUNY higher education opportunity programs, designed to assist students who have high potential but are low income and otherwise might not be able to pursue a college degree because they are ill-prepared academically for work at the college level

CUNY Start- designed for those who score low on CUNY assessment tests and therefore need to take remedial math and reading/writing courses before beginning to earn college credit

The Community Service Society of New York- fights poverty on multiple front including but not limited to: housing, healthcare access, economic security, imprisonment and reentry, opportunities for youth, volunteer mobilization, and workforce knowledge and deployment. This fight is executed with the goal of building a stronger New York.

Blue Engine- prepares students in low income communities in NYC to succeed in postsecondary education through exposure to rigorous and personalized high school coursework. The organization recruits bright recent college graduates to work as teaching assistants in public high schools serving low-income communities.

College for Every Student- non-profit committed to raising the academic aspirations and performance of underserved youth so that they can prepare for, gain access to, and succeed in college.

Enterprise Charter School- provides students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to grow and problem solve, giving them the resources to lead and succeed in the school and the community at large.

Expeditionary Learning- leading K-12 serving non profit that raises the bar on student achievement through its rigorous, project-intensive curriculum and practical, inspiring professional development that engages students and energizes teachers. Students demonstrate critical thinking, academic courage and resilience, and possess the passion and ability to contribute to a better world.

Exploring the Arts- though initially created to support Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, it’s success of providing a first hand view of quality arts education, it expanded to work with other existing public high schools.

Eye to Eye- pairs college students with learning disabilities with middle school students with similar learning disabilities to show kids that they are not alone and can be successful. Weekly afterschool meetings provide mentors with the opportunity to teach mentees how to advocate for themselves to get the tools they need in the classroom. The disabilities that are addresses are mainly dyslexia, ADHD and other language-based limitations.



Citizen Schools- a national organization that partners with middle schools across the county to expand the school day for children in low-income communities, mobilizing a team of educators and volunteers to help children discover and achieve their dreams.

I Have a Dream Foundation- Works to ensure that all children have the opportunity to pursue higher education. They empower children in low-income communities to achieve higher education by providing them with guaranteed tuition support and equipping them with the skill knowledge, and habits they need to gain entry to higher education and succeed in college and beyond.

City Year- a national, education-focused non-profit organization that partners with public schools to provide full time targeted intervention for students most at risk of dropping out. In 25 communities across the United States and through 2 national affiliates, teams of young Americorp leaders support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in class tutoring, mentoring, and afterschool programs that keep kids in school and on track to graduate.

Gateway to College National Network- offers second chance for high school drop-outs (16-21) and students on the verge of dropping out to earn a high school diploma while also earning college credits.

Girls Who Code- works to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computer skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. They aim to provide computer science education and exposure to 1 million young women by 2020.

Global Kids Inc- works to develop young leaders for the global stage through dynamic global education and leadership development program. They inspire underserved youth to achieve academic excellence, self-actualization, and global competency, and empower them to take action on critical issues facing their communities and our world.

New York City Department of Education- the largest school district in the US serving more than 1 million students in over 1800 schools.

NYC Outward Bound Schools- transforms NYC public schools and changes student lives. They operate a network of public schools that engage students through a codified curriculum of real-world, hands-on learning that is relevant in students’ lives and communities; an equal emphasis is placed on character and academic development; and they also offer their signature Outward Bound programming to schools that are not part of their network.

The Eagle Academy Foundation- committed to the development of a network of all-male college preparatory public schools (grades 6-12) that educate and develop young men into future leaders committed to excellence in character, scholastic achievement, and community service. The foundation is focused on creating Eagle Academies in high poverty communities with excessively high rates of incarceration.

Communities in Schools- nationwide network of passionate professionals working in public schools. The org has been helping students achieve in school for over 30 years. Their mission is to surround students with a community of support, thereby empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Taco Bell Foundation for Teens- since 1992 this nations org has enabled and inspired teens across the country to graduate high school and reach their full potential through its programs, partnerships and direct financial assistance. They have provided educational and job training support to more than 1 million teens in national communities, awarding more than $42 million in grant and scholarships to more than 1,000 teen serving organizations across the US.

America Needs You-  fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students. We do this by providing transformative mentorship and intensive career development.



Accion USA- Seek to build a financially inclusive world where every individual has access to high quality financial services. The ultimate goal at Accion is access to economic opportunity for all.

Business Center for New Americans- Assist immigrants, refugees, women, and others in need to achieve self sufficiency and wealth creation.

New York City Small Businesses Services- makes it easier for businesses in New York City to form, do business, and grow by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, and linking employers to a skilled and qualified workforce.

Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO)- works with New York City agencies craft and execute evidence-based initiatives with the goal of reducing poverty.

Small Business Development Center- delivers high quality business consulting and training to New Yorkers who want to start a business or improve the performance of an existing business.

Empire State Development's Division of Small Business Services- directs a wide array of programs and initiatives to support small business growth and help entrepreneurs maximize their opportunities for success.



Campus Pride- a national organization that works with LGBTQ students and allies to develop leadership skills, support programs and ultimately create a more inclusive higher educational environment. Campus Pride's goal is to eradicate LGBTQ bigotry and they use youth programming at the college level to help progress in this effort.

LGBTQ Friendly Colleges and Student Resources- comprehensive guide of colleges and universities that prioritize LGBTQ student inclusiveness while helping to make the college  a more welcoming and supportive environment

Audre Lorde Project-The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, they work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across differences, we seek to responsibly reflect, represent and serve our various communities.

Hetrick-Martin Institute- believes all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential. Hetrick-Martin creates this environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth between the ages of 13 and 24 and their families.

Ali Forney Center- protects LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently

Brooklyn Community Pride Center- The mission of the Brooklyn Community Pride Center is to provide support and services to the borough’s LGBTQ community through original programming and in partnership with existing organizations. The Brooklyn Community Pride Center provides a safe, common space offering physical and mental health services, social support, recreational and cultural programming, as well as being a hub of information for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and families in Brooklyn.



NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR YOUTH PORTAL- The Youth Portal links youth ages 14 to 24 to resources that help them explore for the future and prepare for careers. The Youth Portal has information ranging from getting working papers to preparing for a job interview. The Youth Portal also has information and resources for parents to help guide their children through careers starting with elementary school to helping their children manage their career choices.

Northwest Youth Corps- Northwest Youth Corps offers a challenging education and job-training experience that helps youth and young adults from diverse backgrounds develop the skills they need to lead full and productive lives.

Children's Aid Society: Next Generation Center- The Next Generation Center (NGC) is a one-stop center designed to support young people, ages 14-24, as they prepare for and transition to adulthood and independence. The mission of NGC is to help high-risk young people change the trajectories of their lives through transformational relationships, stage-based employment programming and strong partnerships with other youth-serving institutions.

NYC Dept. of Youth and Community Development: Summer Youth Employment Program- The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with paid summer employment for up to six weeks in July and August.  Participants work in a variety of entry-level jobs (hospitals, summer camps, law firms, non-profits, etc.). SYEP also provides workshops on job readiness, career exploration, financial literacy and opportunities to continue education and social growth.

Phipps Neighborhoods- works toward an NYC where no one is stuck in the cycle of poverty. We provide children, youth, and families in low income neighborhoods the opportunities they need to thrive through comprehensive career and education programs, and access to neighborhood services.