September 17, 2009
Aim High is a topic of conversation for me at least once a week. I was a Master Teacher at the SF Community site in San Francisco's Excelsior district. After applying for a teaching position online, I was approached by one of the site directors in a unique way - she called me for an interview and offered to meet at a cafe in my neighborhood. After I was hired, I started the week of Aim High training and felt like I was automatically part of a team. The staff took care of each other. Aim High took care of us. By the end of the intensive training week - I felt more ready for work than I ever have in the 2nd week of starting a job. I even felt excited to go to work every morning! The students took their studies seriously, which I did not expect. I think they take their studies seriously at Aim High because the curriculum is fun. I co-lead an elective called "San Francisco City Exploration" and was then able to build a better relationship with a lot of my students by exploring new places with them.
The only complaint I have is that Aim High is only a summer program. I wish I could work there all year! I give Aim High 5 stars for multiple reasons:
1. The continuity of students and staff f
2. The curriculum and the evaluations of students and staff
3. The organization's great treatment of staff.
Aim High promotes creativity, self-reflection and positivity by inspiring students to reach their goals.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
teaching as a Humanities "Master Teacher" and seeing the results of the student's experience academically, socially and artistically.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
establish more Aim High sites in Oakland.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
they have a mission to promote goal-setting and academic achievement to low-income middle school students.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
the nicest, most supportive and energetic group of youth workers and educators that I have ever known.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
grow larger, establishing more sites all over California, and paying the employees better!
Ways to make it better...
I could have continued working for Aim High during the school year.
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
One thing I'd also say is that...
although I was a teacher at Aim High, I also learned from Aim High.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Former staff & I taught 7th and 8th grade Humanities to low-income youth during the summer.