Fall 2020 Virtual Workshops for 8th Grade Students & Families

This fall, Aim High is offering two virtual workshops for current 8th graders and their families. As distance learning continues to widen opportunity gaps, we are committed to doing more to combat its effects. Our goal is for students to be more prepared when schools reopen and for their upcoming transition to high school. High…

Aim High Alumna and Former Teacher Runs for San Francisco City-Wide Election

In November, San Francisco native Aliya Chisti will find out the fate of her first city-wide campaign: a seat on the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) Board. If elected, Aliya, who is also an Aim High alumna and former teacher, will be the first Muslim woman elected to any office in San Francisco’s history….

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….