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Breakthrough Technology Fellowship

The Breakthrough Technology Fellowship disrupts the racial wealth gap by training New Yorkers with prior programming or computer science experience for competitive roles in a growing industry.

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Breakthrough Technology Fellowship


The tech and innovation economy is booming, but this growth is leaving out many Brooklyn residents, particularly people of color.

Limited access to resources that foster career readiness and success is an obstacle faced by many young professionals of color.

As a response, Restoration partnered with the Marcy Lab School to launch the Breakthrough Technology Program, a 12-week pilot program designed to train New Yorkers with prior programming or computer science experience for competitive, full-time software engineering roles.


  • 19 OF 20 FELLOWS

    Employed within 5 months of program completion

  • 100% OF FELLOWS

    Completed the program and were job-ready.

  • $106K AVERAGE

    Starting Salary


    Involved in the program (involvement includes: hiring, volunteering, and hosting events).

The Breakthrough Technology Fellowship tested the hypothesis that a gap in leadership skills prevents people with technical skills from getting jobs. The program followed a robust curriculum focused on career fluency, racial identity development, and 1:1 coaching. Restoration provided wraparound supports, including financial counseling and referrals to mental health resources, and alumni engagement.

The pilot class was comprised of 20 low-income young professionals of color who already have technical training, either from a 2- or 4-year degree in a tech field or a comprehensive tech training program. The cohort was 70% Female/30% Male and 35% Black/35% Latinx/30% Asian. They demonstrated remarkable results. 

Testimonial "I joined The Marcy Lab School to gain access to a community focused on helping people with backgrounds similar to my own excel in the tech field." Phoenix Mcknight

Marcy Lab student

Fellowship Graduate Phoenix Mcknight Testimonial Photo

"Shortly before my first coding bootcamp ended, COVID hit New York, which made my job search much more difficult. With job offerings drying up and traditional networking tactics being almost impossible, I focused on looking for programs with the right expertise and relationships to help me launch a career. By the end of the coding courses and professional development lessons, I plan on being able to market my skills and my story to potential employers more effectively."

Become the next success