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In a single moment, the world can change—for a student and teacher, an audience captivated by a dance performance, or a researcher opening a new window into a mysterious disease. These are Breakthrough Moments and we’re capturing them in a video series to highlight the groundbreaking work of Rainin Foundation grantees

These stories of discovery and illumination provide inspiration to the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s commitment to taking smart risks in our grantmaking in the Arts, Education and Health. Watch and see our grantees and the lives they change—sometimes in the space of a single moment.

A Breakthrough in Helping Oakland Children Flourish

Melvin Tamoro is a tutor in our SEEDS of Learning program and expert at getting kids excited to learn. By using SEEDS of Learning strategies, like one-on-one and small group instruction, he helps children gain key skills needed for kindergarten. Watch his inspiring story and see how much students love learning with Melvin!

A Dancer’s Daring Breakthrough

Jo Kreiter is pushing the boundaries of aerial dance. She addresses social justice issues through her risk-taking performances on rooftops, building walls and fire escapes. Jo hopes that by communicating a political statement through the spectacle of aerial dance, she will inspire people to create change.

A Researcher’s Breakthrough Moment

Dr. Gwendalyn Randolph is a pioneering researcher whose cutting-edge instincts led to a novel technique to peer more deeply into Crohn’s disease—a mysterious, debilitating intestinal condition affecting 700,000 people in the US.