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November 7, 2012

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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

May 25, 2011

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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.

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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

September 30, 2009

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September 30, 2009

Aim High has dramatically changed the course of the lives of many Bay Area youth. It has also changed the course of many Bay Area adults, be they family members of students or aspiring teachers who are struck with the success of the Aim High model of education. Aim High opens doors and expands horizons of anyone who walks into this community. I have been working with this organization for 13 years and I keep coming back because of the enormous gifts it keeps on giving to our families. Thank you Aim High.

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

inspired, energetic, generous beyond expectation, dedicated, and caring. Everyone in the Aim High "family" gives it their ALL!!

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I knew that more students were being helped as much as these students were. I wish that EVERY middle school child was getting the sort of guidance that Aim High affords our students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 29, 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

September 29, 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

September 29, 2009

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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

September 28, 2009

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September 28, 2009

Aim High promotes, supports and develops academic development, social and emotional intelligence for under-served urban youth, aspiring teachers and educational leaders.

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

competent, honest and passionate!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 28, 2009

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September 28, 2009

I am consistently impressed by the dedication and commitment of the staff towards their mission and the affection they have for their students. They have taken a great idea and implemented it creatively and successfully. I am privileged to have the pleasure of working with such a wonderful group of people.

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

The feeling that helping them is making an actual difference in the lives of young people.

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

Dedicated, intelligent, caring and committed. This is a great organization top to bottom!

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

Hopefully they would be able to establish an endowment fund that would help them train more teachers and reach more students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 28, 2009

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September 28, 2009

My wife and I taught in Aim High in Year #1 and have supported the program ever since. This program is a national model for effective educational programs for urban youth - incredibly well run with life changing impact for decades.

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

seeing graduates go on to successful high school and college careers.

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

its mission, values, effectiveness in serving urban youth.

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

first rate. Professional, smart, visionary, committed.

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

endow this program and expand its outreach to many more students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 18, 2009

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September 18, 2009

I had no idea that a 6 week experience could teach me more about teaching than I had learned in the past 10 years, but Aim High did that! I have never been more impressed with our leaders, my fellow teachers, or the students I was privileged to teach than I was in Aim High.

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

caring, expert, cohesive, hard-working (!), supportive, and did I say hard working?

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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