BROOKLYN - Ivy League college students from Harvard, Yale and Columbia are spending their summers in Brooklyn schools as part of a program called Breakthrough NY.

The competitive program picks students from prestigious schools nationwide to teach middle school students. It also caters to high school students.

The focus of the six-year program is to help high-potential, low-income students succeed by exposing them to students enrolled at the colleges.

Students in the program say they are able to excel in the program in ways not possible for them during the school year.

This summer marks the second incarnation of Breakthrough NY in Brooklyn. Each year, the program will accept new teacher interns and students.