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September 29, 2009

My life would not be the same without it! These students continually remind me of myself when I was their age. Giving back to them now provides me with a sense of gratitude that I missed out on.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it's sense of community!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

and would do the same as it does now: positively affect the lives of those involved.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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September 29, 2009

Aim High made me an educator and continues to strengthen my commitment to building learning communities where students and teachers can thrive together. In my work throughout the year I take guidance and inspiration from what I do in the summer with Aim High. Now I get to see my former students taking leadership roles on their Aim High campuses. I am yet to find another model of integrated professional and student learning that comes close to Aim High's excellent model of success! I love Aim High!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it has allowed me to develop professionally.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

inspiring, playful, smart, and dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

run a teacher credentialing program, and serve even more kids.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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September 29, 2009

my experience from aim high was one of the best moments of my life. I appreciate all the teachers of aim high and especially those at lick wilmerding high school. LWAH is most definatly the best campus of all. Nate and Carrie are the best directors, always giving their time to make the kids time the best. When you are at aim high, the five weeks go by so fast and you will be so sad when its over but even more excited for the next summer.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

unbelievable to the nearest extent. the teachers were one of the best parts . THANKS TEACHERS ESPECIALLY LWAH TEACHERS!!!!!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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September 29, 2009

My child has spent two summers at Aim High. Two awesome summers. She has opened up and made lots of new friends. She enjoys her learning experiences there. The Aim High staff really relate to the kids and make everything fun. It doesn't feel like a summer school program. We are so thrilled with Aim High, we are coming back next year with another child plus we are signing up for the afterschool tutoring they provide during the school year.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My child had a safe place to go in the summer. The program has helped her learn what she wants to do in life.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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September 29, 2009

Aim High is a phenomenal program that has both helped me grow as an educator as well as helped thousands of students improve academically, giving them the fair shot at college that they may not have had otherwise. Seeing students develop and gain a level of respect for their academic endeavors is truly undiscribable.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

teaching there and developing bonds with students and staff centered around a positive learning environment.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the scope of the organization, extending the amount of time in a session as well as the number of sites.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Growing close to a group of dedicated educators and being able to help these underprivileged students reach personal goals that they never knew that they had.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated and impassioned individuals committed to holistic learning who are happy to improve the state's educational situation one student at a time.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Open at least 50 new sites with ample funding for materials, site needs and staff and serve over 5,000 more students.

Ways to make it better...

This program was feasible for more than 5 weeks, the way it is now.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding. There is no lack of students, nor is there a lack of quality teachers, it is only a matter of paying for it all.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Aim High is the single most rewarding thing I have been a part of in my lifetime.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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September 29, 2009

This is a fantastic program which makes a real difference in the lives of the children it serves - showing them that school can be fun and helping them to believe in themselves. For example, one of my students came into the program, and on the first day, had a very negative attitude. He was joking about starting a fight in the program, and being disrespectful towards his peers and especially towards adults. He was on house arrest, and had been having lots of conflicts in school. However, through the empowerment of the activities period, sports, and success/fun in the classroom, he TRANSFORMED! By the last day, he was a leader among the other kids, encouraging them to do well and supporting them with his enthusiasm and positive comments towards them. During sports he celebrated when his teammates did well, and encouraged them when they faltered. He was proud of the artwork he had produced, and seemed to take pride in bringing the younger students towards a better perspective. He participated actively in class, and started thinking more about life after high school and the possibilities that could be available to him. This student was just one of many who transformed over the course of the program.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Forging relationships with the youth and watching them become more positive, enthusiastic, and hopeful about their personal and academic endeavors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I was a teacher assistant this past summer and i was amazed at how helpfull this program is for the kids. Everyday the kids had fun activities but also learned a lot in their academic classes. In the end of the program while reviewing the students work all of the teachers saw an amazing improvement in their assesments. This program is so great because it is in the summer and in the summer many kids dont have anything to do and may get into bad habits and hang out with the wrong people, this program allows them to have friends that are also in the program and better themself and i hope that this program stays for a long time.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff was really good. Every single person in the staff was 100% commited to this program and would do everything they could to help every student as much as they could and give every student the best summer experience possible.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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September 29, 2009

I'm a current high school student and also a volunteer at aim high. I graduated summer of 2008 and it's really fun there. Because it's a rather small class, you automatically become friends for 3 consecutive summers. One thing that really helped was boosting my self confidence which really helped in high school. Teachers are great since you can easily relate to them since they're incredible people and never leaves anyone out. And then, there's tons and tons of different activities where you learn so much more new things, like movie making, movie editing, making clothes, going on hikes around your neighborhood and learning about stuff you never learned before.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind and I could easily relate to them. You could go up to anyone of them and they would treat you as if you knew each other since forever.

Ways to make it better...

I was actually there for 3 years, but it's rather a personal thing I had to deal with.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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September 29, 2009

I had heard wonderful things about Aim High from friends who had taught there. As an early and then mid-professional experience it was inspiring. I was able to connect with excellent teachers and excited students which created a fertile ground for innovative classes.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

inspiring. Some were people with over a decade of experience and others were just out of the middle school program themselves. Everyone's ideas were valued and contributed to a inclusive environment.

Ways to make it better...

there were breaks for faculty built into the day. It is intensive work and a break provides a rest but also an opportunity to bond and talk with other faculty in off times.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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September 29, 2009

I've spent the past two summers as a master teacher at Aim High. I teach for a living, but these summers have not been just another teaching gig. Aim High is a unique organization in that it serves the children who currently attend its summer programs, but it also serves generations of children yet to come. It does this by training new teachers. Its staff teams are composed of professional teachers, student teachers, people changing careers, and teenagers interested in helping other teenagers. The experience of Aim High helps all of these people to become better teachers, and it involves all of these people in the education system. The more people involved in and informed about our education system, the better served our youth will be.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the development of my own teaching skills, which serve all the children I teach.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting and working with wonderful staff members and fantastic students.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

energetic, idealistic, and hard-working.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

educate our youth in the way that they deserve: with love, skill, and care.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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