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Transitioning to College, Malique Leans on East Garfield Park Roots

Malique Bodie moved around a lot growing up, but he said he always felt connected to East Garfield…


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Breakthrough Launches Inaugural Alumni Scholarship

A pair of students from the West Side passionate about criminal justice reform are the recipients…


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Alexis Channels Community Support Into College Success

COMMUNITY SUPPORT MAKES A DIFFERENCE College sophomore Alexis Sanders admits she knew little about…


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Board Member Keith Freeman Develops Community Leaders

In his youth, Keith Freeman remembers the Englewood neighborhood as an area infamous for high rates…


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Aspire: Destined for Success

The Breakthrough Young Professionals Board hosted its annual networking event, Aspire, to connect…


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'Breakthrough Baby' Awarded Amazon Scholarship for Emerging Tech Talent

When high school senior Mariah Brecheisen picked up her first Lego set, she had no idea that…


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Church Partnership Keeps Family Grounded in Hope

After falling on difficult times, Andre, Karla, and their seven children left their home in Indiana…


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Local Leaders: Celebrating the Stars of East Garfield Park

Throughout Black History Month, we have been highlighting local leaders of East Garfield Park. Join…


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Mother of 5 Receives Help Making New House Feel like Home

Denise, a mother of five, was approved for a housing voucher when she sought Breakthrough. After…


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Breakthrough Christmas Store

For many people, Christmas is a time to spend with family, creating cherished memories and…