Calling upon the community-service ideals they learned as students at Ransom Everglades, two lifelong friends founded a program they hoped would inspire at-risk middle school students to recognize and reach their full potential. John Flickinger '74
and Doug Weiser '74
, with direction from faculty member Joe Mauro, formed what was then known as Summerbridge Miami in 1992.
Nearly 30 years later, that program – now known as Breakthrough Miami – serves more than 1,000 students from Miami-Dade County and calls Ransom Everglades home, operating out of a rent-free office on the middle school campus. Breakthrough Miami provides an academic enrichment program that uses a student-teaching-students model to ensure that motivated, under-resourced fifth- through 12th-grade students have access to excellent educational opportunities, graduate from high school on time, and attend college. Many RE students, faculty members, parents and alumni continue to support Breakthrough Miami. For more information, email Director of Student Achievement/Senior Site Director Webber Charles