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AIM HIGH
December 5, 2009

Aim High's headlands environmental home is the best outdoor/experiential program you've never heard of...so often 13-15 year old students hear a conflicting message of, "you're not old enough to do this or that" along side, "you're almost an adult-act your age" ... In the AH-HEH program of Aim High students are given the opportunity to put their hands on real tools and do real work to better a piece of their public lands. This program helps students grow socially, academically and personally through hands on work, scientific study and community building. As a staff person I understand that my perspective may seem jaundiced, but let me tell you about our staff at the headlands component of Aim High. Our staff are young folks who could do any number of things with their summers, but they consistently return to serve the youth of the various Aim High campuses. These are amazing young people who continue to astound me with their commitment to community service and loyalty to the Aim High program. Many of our staff are Aim High graduates, a fact which holds true for the Aim High program as a whole. I think that this speaks volumes about the power and value of this 23 year program.

The Great!

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

Seeing former students return as intern staff and excel in their jobs as well as pass on the gift.

Ways to make it better...

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

not sure

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

Building community and creating real opportunities for stewardship.

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

Dynamic, energetic folks committed to doing more with 5 weeks than I could believe possible...and doing it!

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

Create a Bay Area wide netowrk of Aim High sites and serve more students.

Ways to make it better...

We could create a more comprehensive way to keep in touch with former students who wish to continue to be stewards of the GGNRA.

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

fundraising and expanding with an eye toward continued quality service...

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

I have seen this program change the direction of peoples' lives...both students and staff.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Former staff & Co-director of AH-HEH.