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AIM HIGH
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.

The Great!

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.

More feedback

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...

funding.

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?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Former staff & I taught 7th and 8th grade Humanities to low-income youth during the summer.