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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Our mission at Aim High is to create life-changing opportunities during the summer and beyond. Our community: NURTURES the promise and potential of middle school students from low-income neighborhoods. PREPARES students for high school setting them on the path to college and future success. INSPIRES the next generation of teachers and educational leaders. Our vision is to close the opportunity and achievement gaps in Northern California through our transformational summer learning program. We envision every middle school student having access to joyful summer learning, inspired and innovative teachers, and the support they need to succeed in school and life.

Results: Through high-quality summer enrichment programs, Aim High has touched the lives of thousands of low-income youth in the Bay Area, and continues to employ a diverse group of teachers - 67% of whom are people of color. Aim High's impact is significant: 99% of students say they have an adult or teacher who cares about them 95% of students can imagine themselves as successful college students 79% of students improved their math skills (based on pre- and post-test scores) 87% of students tell us they were challenged at Aim High 90% of students report they are better prepared for the upcoming school year

Target demographics: Low-income Bay Area middle school youth.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2014: 1,700 students at 15 campuses

Geographic areas served: San Francisco, Oakland, Redwood City, East Palo Alto, San Rafael and Tahoe/Truckee, CA

Programs: Our summer program model aims to close the opportunity and achievement gaps for low-income middle school students by offering an engaging, supportive, and tuition-free summer learning program. The Aim High experience fosters critical thinking, instills academic habits, and cultivates a love of learning. Students participate in four rigorous academic classes in the mornings: Math, Science, Humanities and Issues & Choices. Aim High classes have a low student to teacher ratio, allowing for individual attention and a focus on project-based learning. In total, students receive over 60 hours of academic instruction over the course of the five-week program. In the afternoon, students participate in activities such as art, drama, and sports. Students typically participate for three or four summers, and many return to teach in the program. Aim High continually evaluates feedback, assesses results, and shares best practices in order to deliver a high-quality program.

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Suzie V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since joining Aim High, I can honestly say that i have seen a positive change in my son who is transitioning into the 7th grade this year. He is showing me that he can be responsible and account for the things he has or hasn't done. They have taught him how to love himself and others and to always be respectful. There were many instructors that impacted my son, but one in particular is Mr. Ise from the Bishop O'Dowd campus...my son really looks up to him and really appreciates the time, energy and teaching methods of Mr. Ise..he is very engaging and enlightening.

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a woman, a life-long learner, and a professional educator Aim High has changed my life. The healthy, positive adult relationships, opportunities for academic risk-taking, and emphasis on leadership and self-advocacy helped me to build the confidence that I needed to define and achieve my goals. Now that I am an employee of Aim High, I get to help other young people to build leadership skills and encounter experiences that will enrich their lives.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Aim High provides a progressive teaching method which engages the students in learning in a fun interactive environment. They provide support to their students and aid in building confidence, self esteem, and a sense of accomplishment. It is a rewarding program that has a positive impact on it's students.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

i love Aim high!!!!!! it is by far the best summer program i have went to out of seven different programs!!!

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Aim High. My son loves Aim High. The teachers are terrific. They care about the kids and they make the kids want to learn. My son came home every day this summer more excited than the day before.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

All four of my children had the privilege of attending Aim High. Aim High puts "JOY" in learning! Is there anything else that's important?

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my son's first summer with the Aim High program. This was a good experience for him because it was a chance for him to learn without just sitting in a classroom for hours. Because there were many different activities, it made him look forward to going to the program everyday. Also, he will be able to receive help throughout his school year because the program is offering tutoring.

11 Rosie

Client Served

Rating: 5

Aim High is such an awesome opportunity for the youth. My son really enjoyed it this summer. The great thing about Aim High that they believe in our children and help them thrive and prepare for their academics and their future, the teachers are wonderful. The staff at Aim High are very helpful as well. We are looking forward to having our son at Aim High in the next two years! Aim High Rocks!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.