Aim High Alumna Making Change in Her Community

2020 will forever be the year that 2017 Aim High alumna Lana Nguyen became a changemaker. In the face of a global pandemic and the subsequent statewide school closures, 17-year-old Lana and her friend Susana Lau created SupplyHopeInfo, to raise money and provide school supplies for low-income families. “We wanted to be more active within…

Making This Summer Count

This summer, Aim High launched its Reimagine Summer campaign, where the Aim High community raised more than $60K to provide 1,100 students with access to joyful summer learning via Aim High at Home, our new distance learning platform. Instead of raising funds traditionally, Gabe Peixoto, a member of Aim High’s Young Leaders Board and an…

Take a walk through the last five weeks of Aim High at Home

This summer, drawing on decades of experience delivering joyful summer learning, Aim High launched its first distance learning program, Aim High at Home (AH@H). This summer’s program emphasized social-emotional wellness at a time when our students desperately needed community and connection. Aim High’s engaging and culturally relevant project-based curriculum was adapted for distance learning. Join…

Connection and Community

Aim High is committed to supporting our community during these unprecedented times. In March, more than six million California public school children were out of school. Many of these students have limited access to educational resources at home, widening the achievement and opportunity gaps even further. Summer is our chance to address these divides so…

Windows and mirrors: Aim High’s recommended anti racist reading list

In 2013, when George Zimmerman was acquitted of Trayvon Martin’s death, Aim High’s curriculum team worked all weekend gathering and creating resources our teachers could use the following Monday to help students process their emotions about such a clear injustice. The following summer, after an NPYD officer killed Eric Garner and a Ferguson, Mo. officer…

This is Hard, and That’s Okay

During shelter-in-place, we have been reaching out to our Aim High educators for guidance on maintaining connection and community. Today, we’re sharing reflections from Michelle Cody, an Aim High graduate who is the founding site director for our Bayview campus at Willie Brown Middle School. The interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.  …

Aim High’s Teacher Pipeline: Inspiring the Next Generation of Educational Leaders

Throughout Aim High’s 34-year history, we have created a pipeline for talented young educators of color. It is critical that our students, 98% of whom are youth of color, have access to teachers who share their cultural and ethnic identities. Which is why each summer 79% of our teachers are people of color and 56%…

Danny and Jessica: An Aim High Love Story

“If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it…It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins.” ~ Mary Oliver It’s Valentine’s Day! And on this gorgeous and sunny February Friday, it’s impossible not to bask in the energy and sentiment of the day….

Aim High Educator Spotlight

Rosa Ayala spends her days empowering English learners as a translator/interpreter at her high school alma mater, East Palo Alto Academy. In the summer, Rosa works as a site director (Aim High’s equivalent of a school principal) at our East Palo Alto campus. We posed the following 8 questions to Rosa. Her responses shed light…

Aim High Gala Highlights: 2019 Edition

On Wednesday, November 6, we hosted our 2019 Annual Gala CONNECTIONS. It was an inspiring evening, and we’re grateful to everyone who attended and sponsored. Thank you for your support and belief in our work. We invite you to revisit the evening by viewing photos of the evening and reading the speech of our Rising…