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…

Lessons from Montgomery

On a 100-degree fall day in Montgomery, Alabama, 14 Aim High staff members reckoned with America’s history of slavery, racial terror lynchings, segregation and mass incarceration at the Equal Justice Initiative’s (EJI) Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice. EJI was founded in 1989 by attorney Bryan Stevenson to provide legal representation for…

Corporate Partners Make a Lasting Impact for Aim High Students

Aim High Career Days provide our students with the opportunity to dream big about life beyond middle school. Thank you to our corporate partners who make this essential part of our summer program possible!  In 2019, sixteen companies hosted 500 Aim High students at their offices across the Bay Area giving our students the opportunity…

New Aim High Campus Opens in Oakland at Westlake Middle School

Aim High launched its fifth East Bay campus this summer at Westlake Middle School in Oakland. Oakland educators Erica Bryant and Moses Omoade co-led the campus, which came to life with 60 eager students and a dedicated staff.  Erica is an 11th-grade humanities teacher and instructional coach at Alternatives in Action, a charter school in…

It’s Here: Aim High Novato!

Creating and launching an enriching summer program is everything it’s cracked up to be: Exciting, fulfilling and essential to closing the achievement gap. This summer, Aim High will stay true to these expectations when we open a second Marin County campus in Novato. More than 80 students and 20 teachers—all new to Aim High—will comprise…

Regina Grayson | Alumna Spotlight

One of the best parts of our program is highlighting the inspiring alumni who graduate and go on to do great things. At our Spring Luncheon on May 21, Aim High graduate and educator Regina Grayson shared her story of attending our program at Lick Wilmerding High School and returning to teach. Read the moving…

Celebrating the Champions of Aim High in Marin County

On Wednesday, May 1, Aim High hosted its first ever Marin Benefit. More than 140 donors, educators, trustees, alumni and their families gathered to commemorate Aim High’s work in San Rafael and celebrate our upcoming campus launch in Novato this summer. The Marin Benefit honored the inspiring recent graduate, Evelyn Santa Rosa; dedicated educator, Karla…