Study Finds Breakthrough Central Texas Returns Up to $55 per Federal Dollar Invested!

Breakthrough Collaborative

We couldn’t be more proud of longtime client Breakthrough Central Texas!  Check out this ROI study just released by AmeriCorps, which found that the program returns as much as $54.56 of value to the government and communities for each federal dollar invested.  Congrats to BCT and all the Breakthrough affiliates we’re so fortunate to serve!

A copy of the press release that accompanied this study is below (all copy is from AmeriCorps).

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AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism, released today a return-on-investment study that measured the value of federal funding invested in education focused programs. The study found Breakthrough Central Texas, an AmeriCorps national college preparation program for low-income middle school students, returns as much as $54.56 of value to the government and communities for every federal dollar invested.

ROI analyses help measure program performance and build the base of evidence for future resource decisions by estimating the monetary value of benefits that a program generates per dollar invested. The total benefits are driven by favorable employment and education opportunities for AmeriCorps members following their service and reduced unemployment.

“AmeriCorps members in programs like Breakthrough Central Texas serve not only as caseworkers but also as mentors and support for our teachers,” said Michael D. Smith, AmeriCorps CEO. “They open the door to possibilities for children who otherwise would have limited access to opportunities, and they demonstrate the power of strengthening community and connections with students. Additionally, these programs provide value to our members who experience career growth and education opportunities after their service year.”

Breakthrough Central Texas programs offer out-of-school learning opportunities and help students overcome systemic, societal barriers to earning college degrees. AmeriCorps members serve as caseworkers, providing academic support, guidance and resources students need to succeed. The program commits to working with each student for 12 years to guide them and their families through the complex process of preparing for, enrolling in and completing college.

Key benefits of Breakthrough Central Texas include:

  • Growth in high school and college graduates among program participants
  • Increased post-service earnings by AmeriCorps members
  • Increased tax revenue for government
  • Reduced lifetime spending on corrections, public assistance and social insurance

AmeriCorps provides funding, people power and resources to support education-related projects. More than 12,000 schools across the country are leveraging national service programs to assist them in these areas and many others. Approximately 65,000 AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers are providing cost-effective, high-impact services to address schools’ most pressing needs and ensure that all students are ready for college, careers and full participation in civic life. National service programs support schools in urban and rural areas, schools with large low-income populations, traditional public schools, public charter schools and schools with large minority and multilingual populations.

AmeriCorps was recognized for outstanding performance in the Results for America’s 2021 Invest in What Works Federal Standard of Excellence, a report that measures agencies data-driven decision-making to improve the impact of federal investments. Specifically, AmeriCorps was highlighted for the agency’s use of data and evidence to increase the impact of national service grants in more than 40,000 locations to make government investment as effective and efficient as possible.


AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism, provides opportunities for Americans to serve their country domestically, address the nation’s most pressing challenges, improve lives and communities, and strengthen civic engagement. Each year, the agency places more than 250,000 AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers in intensive service roles; and empowers millions more to serve as long-term, short-term, or one-time volunteers. Learn more at