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Support Breakthrough Cincinnati






Bill Hopple and Odessa Hooker had much more than a “back of the cocktail napkin” plan when they started to concept Summerbridge Cincinnati in 1991. Inspired by a report that identified outages within Cincinnati Public Schools, Bill and Odessa had the vision for a program that boosted academic opportunity, attracted talent to the teaching profession, and broke down barriers. The times may have changed, but the goals for this important organization have not. 

In their first summer of 1993, 50 rising 6th and 7th grade students were selected to participate in Summerbridge Cincinnati. Later rebranded as Breakthrough Cincinnati, and still thriving on the vision championed by Bill and Odessa, the program will serve 228 rising sixth through ninth graders in 2018. 

Breakthrough Cincinnati has existed for these 25 years on the backs of ferociously dedicated individuals. It is with great thanks for your courage, your involvement, and your enduring support. 

Our future is bright and we invite you to be continue to be a part of it!


Julie Witten
Executive Director, Breakthrough Cincinnati