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October 1, 2009

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October 1, 2009

Incredible organization that has changed the lives of thousands of kids in the bay area. Highly dedicated and passionate teachers and staff, with long track record of proven results.

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

witnessing the impact the organization has on the education and lives of children and families.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 29, 2009

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September 29, 2009

I have been involved with a great many non profit organizations, and I can say with no reservations that Aim High is the best run of them all. Every minute of contributed work by volunteers, and every dollar given the organization goes directly to provide a life-changing educational experience to wonderful middle school boys and girls from low income families. There is just no waste. The mission is clear, its execution superb. If you want to make a difference, get behind this excellent organization

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

Watching kids come alive in class. Seeing them wake up to their own enormous potential. Observing them develop a love of learning. Feeling the kindness and generosity they learn through the nurturing community.

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

Passionate about the mission. Dedicated to the students and to the teaching profession. Highly skilled, sharply focused, intent on excellence. Personally fulfilled by the value of their work

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

Serve more students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 6, 2009

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August 26, 2008

I have a broad perspective on Aim High because I have served on the Board for about 5 years, two of my children have worked as teaching assistants in the summer, and a number of our employees' childre... more

August 6, 2009

This is the seventh summer that I have seen Aim High in action and their performance remains consistently strong. The combination of a well-structured academic program with the personal development focus of the "Issues & Cjoices" curriculum and the extracurricular/enrichment offerings makes for a program that really engages students and prepares them for success in school and in their personal lives. In addition, the fact that about one-third of the Aim High faculty are themselves graduates of the program provides credible and authentic role models for the students - I think this is an important contributor to Ain High's success. Overall, I think Aim High does a remarkable job of, as one graduate so eloquently put it, "convincing me that I had a right to an education, that I had the ability to succed academically and that I had a responsibility to myself, my family and my community to get an education".

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

the hgih school graduation rates and college matriculation rates of the graduates and the commitment to the program of graduates who return in high numbers as teachers.

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

be struggling with the same issues that leadership now faces - how to scale the organization without compromising quality of the program.

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

the leadership of the organization by experienced educators so that the program is thoughtfully designed and implemented.

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

highly dedicated to the students and to their communities.

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

build organizational capacity to be able to serve more students during the summers and also to continue to support its graduates as they move through high school and into college.

Ways to make it better...

we had the resources to serve the qualified students (about 300) we had to turn away simply because of a lack of sufficient funds. We wouldn't need $10 million - anout $500,000 would have done the trick.

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

(1) the need to raise about $2 million on an annual basis withourt any significant public funding and (2) the need to sustain the quality of the leadership team for another 24 years.

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

Aim High is a program that is highly scaleable and highly cost-effective that has a dramatically positive impact not only on its students but also on the underserved communities where it locates it summer sites.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 26, 2008

I have a broad perspective on Aim High because I have served on the Board for about 5 years, two of my children have worked as teaching assistants in the summer, and a number of our employees' children have participated in the summer program. Aim High is an extraordinarily effective program that is meeting a critical and life-changing need (educational enhancement) for the most underserved members of our community. Aim High has demonstrated its success at providing the skills and motivation necessary for its students to graduate high school and matriculate at college. As one student put it: "Aim High is the place where I learned that I had a right to an education, I had the skills necessary to get an education and I had a responsibility to myself, my family and my community to get an education".

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

the success of its graduates in high school and college and the enthusiasm and commitment of its graduates for the program as demeonstrated by their returning to teach in the program.

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

the professionalism and commitment of the Aim High staff which has resulted in the continuous expansion and improvement of the program.

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

extraordinary. The administrative staff combines deep expertise in the needs of middle school children with unflagging enthusiasm for the program. Many of the volunteers are graduates or parents of graduates who think Aim High changed their lives.

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

expand its program dramatically - immediately changing the lives of literally thousands of children - while ensuring that it had the resourses to maintain program excellence and ensure financial stability.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 20, 2008
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August 20, 2008
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Aim High was founded in the summer of 1986 here at Lick-Wilmerding High School by two or our teachers, Alec Lee and Eleanor McBride. In partnership with a number of other private and public schools over the years, the original "class" of fifty students has today grown to over a thousand middle schoolers on twelve different campuses. If this organic growth is not sufficient testimony to the power of the Aim High "magic," the program's results are! Serviing a population of middle schoolers who would typically have a 25%-30% drop-out rate before completing high school, Aim High graduates have had a 95% high school completion rate and a 90% college-going rate over these twenty-three years! Aim High is also a valuable and effective teacher training ground, attested to by the fact that so many of Aim High graduates and assistant (high school and college students) teachers have become teachers. In my thirty-eight years in education and twenty-six years as a school head, I have never known an educational program that is more focused, strategic, effective and filled with heart than Aim High! Albert M. Adams, Ed.D. Headmaster Lick-Wilmerding High School San Francisco

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

23 years of young lives being changed and Aim High graduates being successful

Ways to make it better...

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

want to spend more time on program and less on fund raising

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

the "heartful" work that is at the center of it all

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

all first-rate

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

ensure its longevity and expand its services to more deserving young people

Ways to make it better...

we could endow our annual expenses so that each year's program would not be so dependent on annual fundraising

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

achieving an ample endowment to ensure Aim High's vibrancy in perpetuity

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

Aim High needs your support!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 20, 2008
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August 20, 2008
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All four of my children attended Aim High. The summer program helped raise their confidence level and self esteem. Allowing them to express themselves, without trepidation. They excelled academically. Each summer the program prepared them academically for the folling school year. They learned how to become aware of their community, ask questions and be compassionate towards others. They never wanted it to end! They talk about it all the time and look forward to returning as TA's. You won't find another program like Aim High in the city! The "Magic" does happen in each and everyone one!

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

the number of students who return to help in some form. Inspiring many to go on to teach.

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

the fun and learning that goes on at the Marin Headlands, especially for those who have never had the opportunity to go beyond their urban community.

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

enthusiactic and energized!

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

impact the lives of many young students nationally and ensure that all are afforded equal opportunities.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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