Aim High

Rating: 4.94 stars   138 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education

Location: PO Box 410715 San Francisco CA 94141 USA

Mission: The mission of Aim High is to inspire a life-long love of learning and to instill a sense of community, opportunity, and respect so that students are prepared for success in school and in life. Aim High changes the lives of under-resourced middle school students through an enriching, and academic summer experience that leads to success in high school and beyond. We intervene at a critical stage in students' lives with a free, multi-year summer program. Empowering youth in a supportive classroom environment transforms their attitudes toward learning and unleashes their potential. Our 15 campuses are located in Northern California, where we serve 1,700 students and employ 400 teachers. Our educators reflect the neighborhoods where our students live, and many alumni are inspired to return and work for Aim High. Aim High’s incubator role for innovative teaching techniques inspires new generations of teachers and provides access to real job training and job development. Aim High also provides summer employment opportunities and career development for teachers and teens, many of whom are Aim High alums.
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, Marin City 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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

As a parent of a special needs child, I am amazed at the positve impact Aim High has with it's students and families. Aim High is all about hope and potential, providing the environment and educational opportunties so youth and their families will find hope, achieve their goals and build a positive future. This organization needs the funding to continue their great work and accomodate many more who need the program!

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

have locations all over the United States. We need Aim High everywhere!

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About once a year

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2009-1-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

In my 30 years in corporate philanthropy, I have seen numerouse education programs, in school, after school and summer programs. Aim High is, by far, the most successful program of its kind because of its attention to each individual student, the specificity of coursework and "skills" development offered to each student, its ability to track students during and after the program. The fact that so many Aim High students come back to the program to both volunteer and serve as employees is a testament to the extraordinary work they do. Pat Marino

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

replicate the program for many more students around the Bay Area. As far as I am concerned, it is saving lives.

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About once a year

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2009-5-01

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have attended Aim High graduations for the last five years. Each time I am moved by the students enthusiasm for their work and the connection they have with their teachers. The families come and support their children from all parts of the city. We need more Aim High's for future generations. Supporting our children keeping them creative and motivated. Thank you Aim High.

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

I have watched the families return and the organization grow.

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

Like to see them have a longer program.

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

To see the teachers become valuable mentors to children.

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

Passionate about their roll . Enjoyed pushing themselves to help others .

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

Set up a year round program to support the middle school children in the bay area so they could be more motivated for high school

Ways to make it better...

I had watched more classes

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

Time and money to increase the number of children they can support

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

It is a wonderful resource. Well run.

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About once a year

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2009-1-01

 
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8 people found this review helpful

I've visited 2 campuses and have been very impressed by their results. A student who went through the program told me it inspired her to make the most of school. Before her Aim High summer experience school was drudgery, and she kept her head down low and just tried to get through the days. Now she wants to be a teacher. The attention and care the teachers give the students make them realize that they are valuable and their thoughts are important. This is a great organization that meets some of the needs of the lesser advantaged middle school students.

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

committed to serving disadvantage children and poured love into the kids.

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2009-7-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

The dedication I see in this program is amazing. To hear the students tell their story is to believe. What most impresses me is that they are able to help so many students in such a cost effective way. I only wish more programs generated such strong human and financial returns.

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Hearing the stories of the teachers and students. The people are amazing.

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2009-6-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

AIM HIGH MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF ECONOMICALLY ADVANTAGED YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE MANY BAY AREA COMMUNITIES WHICH IT SERVES. AIM HIGH ENABLES YOUNG PEOPLE TO BUILD SELF-ESTEEM AND REACH FOR THEIR POTENTIAL - IT GIVES THEM A "YES WE CAN" ATTITUDE. WHILE THIS ALL SOUNDS GREAT, AIM KEEPS TRACK OF ITS GRADUATES AND HAS A DOCUMENTED TRACK RECORD DEMONSTRATING THAT AIM HIGH MAKES A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE. MY WIFE AND I HAVE BEEN SUPPORTERS OF THIS TERRIFIC ORGANIZATION FOR MANY YEARS. WE NEED TO CLONE IT.

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

THE ENTHUSIASM OF BOTH THE STUDENTS AND FACULTY AND THEIR EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE POTENTIAL.

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

AN INSPIRATION. THEY COME BACK YEAR AFTER YEAR AND REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE.

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About every six months

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3 people found this review helpful

AIM High has the biggest heart of any organization I know. It makes a positive difference in the lives of every child and adult it touches.

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

Listening to the heart-felt testimonials from children whose lives have been changed by AIM High.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

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2009-7-01

 
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