Salesforce Volunteers Host High School Students for a Day of Networking and Skill-Building

Networking is, for many people, an intimidating yet necessary part of adult life. But at an Aim High event in August, networking looked more like a combination of speed dating and Shark Tank. Once our summer program concluded, twenty high school-aged teaching assistants (TAs) visited the Salesforce headquarters for a hands-on professional learning experience. The teaching assistants spent the day talking with engineers, college-aged…

Aim High Students Take the Field at AT&T Park

Thanks to our community partner Bank of America, nine Aim High students took starting position at the Giants vs. A’s game on Sunday, July 26. Students were chosen through a raffle, and winners got to invite their families. Here are some pictures of the unforgettable afternoon. Photos by Maya Nieto and Michelle Capobres. Want to…

Oakland Students Explore Hip-Hop and Self-Expression

Aim High teachers inspire and empower our students, and they also lead some pretty cool lessons. Jewell Bachelor, an Issues and Choices teacher at our East Oakland campus, is an excellent example of this. In her class, she introduced her students to the five elements of hip-hop—emceeing, beatboxing, breakdancing, DJing, and graffiti. At the end…

Random Acts of Kindness Uplift Tahoe/Truckee

Pulling weeds and playing bingo with hospital patients may sound like unusual ways for teenagers to spend the afternoon, but that’s what some Aim High students are doing in Tahoe/Truckee. This summer, the afternoon activity Random Acts of Kindness teaches students to give back to the community. Each Thursday afternoon, Aim High teachers Kendra Madding and Liza Engstrom lead…

Aim High Students March For Affordable Housing

Aim High students and teachers crossed the intersection of Guerrero and 18th Street amidst honking horns and cheering pedestrians. “Together we can!” students chanted, “Together we will!” This summer, our Mission campus organized a march around the neighborhood to protest rising housing prices that have displaced hundreds of families throughout the Bay Area. The march…

Aim High Students Impress the San Francisco Public Library

Aim High teachers are serious about reading. One site’s first field trip of the summer was to multiple public library branches around the city. Students toured the facilities, applied for library cards, and checked out books. After visiting the Excelsior Branch, the librarian quickly emailed the Site Directors, praising our students: These students, along with…

Middle School Students Are Natural Lyricists

Students and teachers broke into verse during our Visiting Day at Garfield Community School last week. As part of the afternoon activity Beats and Rhymes, students wrote and composed a rap expressing their love of Aim High and the great things they experience. Their teacher, Ariel Estébez, spends her school  year as a traveling music…

Aim High Students Raise Worms, Grow Plants, and Discover the Art of the Sandwich

Personal enrichment is a central component of Aim High. Inspiring a love of learning and encouraging exploration is woven into every aspect of our summer program, and nothing demonstrates this more than afternoon activities. After morning classes and lunch, students participate in enrichment  activities until the day ends at 3pm. Activities are organized and led…

Students and Families Prepare for Life Beyond Aim High

As our program heads into its final weeks, teachers are preparing our students and their families for the transitions they will face in the upcoming school year. Moving onto middle school, choosing a high school, and beginning to prepare for college can be stressful, and Futures Night is one way teachers are helping families and…

Celebrating those who come back year after year

All Campus Day is an opportunity for our teachers to collaborate, connect, and create great lessons for our students. But it’s also a chance to honor those teachers who keep coming back to Aim High year after year. This year, we honored 52 teachers who have been with Aim High for six or more years….