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October 24, 2014

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October 24, 2014

Throughout the regular academic year I am an Athletic Director and Assistant Dean students at a local high school. During the summer I teach Math at Aim High. I can honestly say Aim High is like my second family, I am really proud to be part of such an amazing program. Aim High takes advantage of the five weeks they have with students and do everything they can to make sure the students grow academically! They make sure everyone, from volunteers to site directors, have the support and the tools they need to successfully instruct students. Aim High doesn't only help students grow academically but personally as well! They offer classes and activities that give them the opportunity to be part of something and be proud of who they are. I have been part of Aim High for over half a decade now and I will continue to teach with them every summer simply because I know that with Aim High I can help students grow academically and change the way they view education for ever! I wholeheartedly support Aim High !!!!!
October 24, 2014

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October 24, 2014

Aim High has, quite simply, changed my life.

I first became involved with Aim High as a teaching intern in the summer of 2013. I instantly felt welcomed into the Aim High community––one that is overflowing with talented and dedicated teachers and administrators. As a novice teacher, I
felt supported by the staff as I began to take on new responsibility in lesson planning and classroom management. Unlike many summer education programs, Aim High teachers are, most often, teachers during the school year. This meant that I was surrounded by experienced educators with solid, tested, teaching strategies.

However, what makes Aim High a truly special program is its students. Aim High students are bright, passionate, vibrant kids with genuine thirsts for learning. They bring their whole selves to school every single day. I can say, without a doubt, that my Aim High students have taught me far more than I have taught them.

It is because of Aim High that I have decided to become an educator (in the Bay Area, no less)! For me, Aim High has distilled education into its purest form––a simple love of learning and of teaching. Today I am a 5th-grade teacher at a local independent school. I love my job...

...And I cannot wait to return for my third summer at Aim High.
October 24, 2014

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October 24, 2014

As a teaching intern, I was able to learn from experienced teachers while helping students achieve their very best work. Aim High provides a space in which teachers can work together to support a students whole learning experience, and students can set and meet their goals. I was able to watch students improve not only their academic competency, but also, and more importantly, their confidence and self-esteem.
October 24, 2014

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October 24, 2014

I have been a part of Aim High for over half my life and I couldn't imagine growing up without this program. I started out as a student in the summer program. After completing my three summers as a student with Aim High I decided I didn't want to leave. I volunteered the summer after and absolutely loved being in the classroom. I taught as a Teaching Assistant, Teaching Intern and finally a Lead Teacher coming back every summer throughout high school and college. Even though I went out of state to attend college, I knew I didn't want to give up teaching at Aim High. Even though it was hard work I wouldn't have traded coming back to Aim High for anything.

I now work in the Aim High Central Office and can't believe how lucky I am to still be involved with this great organization. Aim High has been there for me through EVERY educational transition in my life and I feel so honored to be able to give back to the program that has given me so much!

To any parent looking for an amazing summer experience for their middle school child, Aim High is the best of the best!
November 7, 2012

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1 previous review
September 21, 2009

This was my second year teaching with Aim High and I am looking forward to spending many more summers with this wonderful program. I really enjoyed working with my fellow teachers and had such a great... more

November 7, 2012

I have taught with Aim High for the last five summers. Being part of this organization is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. Over my years teaching with Aim High, I have seen what a huge impact this program has had for our youngsters in East Palo Alto. For some, the program has resulted in students becoming excited about a particular subject that they previously had no interest in. For others, it is an opportunity to be better prepared for their next academic year. Significantly, Aim High makes a qualitative difference to our students' lives. We promote developing a strong sense of community, we encourage students to take advantage of opportunities that are presented to them, being respectful is paramount, and importantly, that they can have high expectations for themselves. We offer exciting core academics, and the opportunity to select elective classes ranging from sports instruction, music, creative expression through art, cooking, dancing, astronomy, gardening, environmental awareness education and marine biology, to name but a few. This is an essential program that makes a huge difference to our students. I look forward to many more summers with Aim High!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 21, 2009

This was my second year teaching with Aim High and I am looking forward to spending many more summers with this wonderful program. I really enjoyed working with my fellow teachers and had such a great time with the students. We all had a lot of fun and learned a lot together. Aim High is such an amazing program.

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

working with my 7th graders this year who were my 6th graders last summer. Just one summer had made such an impact in how many of my students decided to conduct themselves - they truly embraced the organizations CORE values.

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

a) the excitement the students have; b) the close knit community of our staff c) the continued support of co-directors.

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

ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!

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

reach out to so many more students and make a difference in their lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2011

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October 8, 2011

My name is Suzanne & I was 1 of the 1st 50 students when Aim High first started, graduated in 1988. My 2 younger siblings attended Aim High also. For me Aim High was a great experience. Aim High, Mr. Lee, Mrs. Mc Bride & Mr. Matthews just to name of few of my teachers helped me grow as a person, build my self esteem, confidence & brought me out of my shell. I was afraid to speak in public at first, but with the help Aim High, I have no problems, still anxious & nervous in the beginning, but once I got started it was a breeze. The program is a great asset & experience for children to receive. I honestly preferred going to school at Aim High, than regular school. I have children now, 2 teens. Unfortunately, I don't live in the Bay Area, but if I did, or if they had Aim High where I live, I'd put my children in in a heartbeat. SUPPORT AIM HIGH & THE EXPERIENCES & EDUCATION THAT CHILDREN DESERVE TO HAVE.

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

the Lick Wilmerding H.S. campus in San Francisco, CA from 1985 to 1988.

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

I wouldn't change a thing. Just keep doing the great job that they're doing.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

How did you find this group?

Mr. Alec Lee and Mrs. Eleanor Mc Bride came to my school to introduce the program.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Aim High helped me with my self esteem and confidence.

May 25, 2011

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1 previous review
September 29, 2009

In my capacity as the Educational Outreach Program Director of the Exploratorium (San Francisco's hands-on science museum,) I have been collaborating with Aim High for over 20 years. The relationship ... more

May 25, 2011

The Exploratorium's Educational Outreach Program has partnered with Aim High in San Francisco for over 20 years. Aim High creates an academic summer program for middle school students that manages to be rigorous while still fun, playful, enriching, and socially relevant. Older students are encouraged to come back to the program as volunteers and many do. Each campus has a unique character and enthusiastic, caring staff - many of whom are college-aged young adults honing their teaching skills. Students, families, staff, and community partners all benefit greatly from Aim High. It is one of San Francisco Bay Area's educational treasures.

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

that most of the high school students and youth staff in our year-round, multi-year STEM program started in Aim High.

Ways to make it better...

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

see that they received enough monies to start an endowment and be able to sustain and expand their program without the ever-present need to raise funds.

September 29, 2009

In my capacity as the Educational Outreach Program Director of the Exploratorium (San Francisco's hands-on science museum,) I have been collaborating with Aim High for over 20 years. The relationship has lasted this long because it works. The staff, students, and volunteers at Aim High are always committed, enthusiastic, and easy to work with. There's a true sense of community at each campus and with Aim High as a whole. We're proud to be part of that community.

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

that Aim High's students are so enthusiastic about being in our science education programs, many of them commit to our programs beyond their time in Aim High, with some eventually coming to work with us at our science museum.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 5, 2009

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December 5, 2009

Aim High's headlands environmental home is the best outdoor/experiential program you've never heard of...so often 13-15 year old students hear a conflicting message of, "you're not old enough to do this or that" along side, "you're almost an adult-act your age" ... In the AH-HEH program of Aim High students are given the opportunity to put their hands on real tools and do real work to better a piece of their public lands. This program helps students grow socially, academically and personally through hands on work, scientific study and community building. As a staff person I understand that my perspective may seem jaundiced, but let me tell you about our staff at the headlands component of Aim High. Our staff are young folks who could do any number of things with their summers, but they consistently return to serve the youth of the various Aim High campuses. These are amazing young people who continue to astound me with their commitment to community service and loyalty to the Aim High program. Many of our staff are Aim High graduates, a fact which holds true for the Aim High program as a whole. I think that this speaks volumes about the power and value of this 23 year program.

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

Seeing former students return as intern staff and excel in their jobs as well as pass on the gift.

Ways to make it better...

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

not sure

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

Building community and creating real opportunities for stewardship.

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

Dynamic, energetic folks committed to doing more with 5 weeks than I could believe possible...and doing it!

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

Create a Bay Area wide netowrk of Aim High sites and serve more students.

Ways to make it better...

We could create a more comprehensive way to keep in touch with former students who wish to continue to be stewards of the GGNRA.

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

fundraising and expanding with an eye toward continued quality service...

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

I have seen this program change the direction of peoples' lives...both students and staff.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 13, 2009

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November 13, 2009

Aim High is an impressively successful program. It is remarkable how effective it has been, while at the same time remaining very cost effective. It is likely the finest program of its kind in the U.S.

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

The way in which it has woven a community of remarkable people together - from kids, to teachers, to parents, to Aim High Graduates, to professional, to volunteers - all in the service of its goals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 6, 2009

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October 6, 2009

good! very good very very good very very very good. amazing :) Aim High aim higher and higher and higher

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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