|Who We Serve|
|Why Summer Matters|
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While our summer program for middle school students is at the heart of our work, Aim High strives to provide graduates of our program with resources to help them succeed in high school and stay on the path toward completing college.
The need: California colleges are far more diverse than those of many other states, but they are nowhere near reflecting the diversity of the state. The Latino population is booming — among state residents far more than in California colleges — and the number of black students at California colleges has risen 24 percent in the last decade, but is down 15 percent from a high of 172,000, in 2002. These numbers are distressing. Currently, according to U.S. Census data, Latinos make-up approximately 33 percent of all California residents, and their population is young. By 2050, California is projected to be over half Latino in population. This spring, about 38 percent of high school graduates in California will be Latino. Only about 17 percent of those — and 19 percent of black students — will have taken the required courses and have the minimum grades and test scores necessary for admission to Cal State. And that data is only from the half of Latino students who didn’t drop out. (Series on College Access, Inside Higher Ed, 2006)
Aim High offers:
- referrals to partner programs, including leadership opportunities, youth employment opportunities, academic/college support programs
- support for current students in choosing and applying to a college-track high school
- email updates, opportunities, and announcements from local youth resources
- summer teaching positions at Aim High (70-90 graduates employed annually)
- New in 2011: College Connect event for alumni
About College Connect
"What do I need to do to get into college?" "How do I choose the college that's right for me?" "How can my family and I afford college?" "What will it be like when I get there?" This year, Aim High hopes to address these questions and more when we convene Aim High alumni and families, admissions experts, and partners in our first-ever College Connect workshop event.
The objective of College Connect will be to expose students to the various requirements and resources needed to get into the college of their choosing. This event, planned for early spring 2011, will be open to all Aim High alumni and their families who are considering their college options.
To learn more about College Connect or to help with the event, contact Terrence Riley, Program and Admissions coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 551-2320.