Allan Quevedo Jut Aim High Graduate, Class of 2014

Before Aim High, Allan was shy and didn’t have many friends. He was bullied and struggled with his identity. He preferred books to conversation. He kept to himself. In sixth grade, Allan enrolled in Aim High, an experience that he says changed his life, both academically and socially.

At Aim High, Allan met welcoming teachers who made school feel more relevant and new experiences seem less daunting. He improved in math and science, subjects that were once difficult, and learned how to ask questions when he needed help. He also learned about college. For the first time, at Aim High, Allan realized college was attainable.

Most importantly, Allan’s teachers showed him how to embrace his individuality. Their support helped him find the courage to come out as gay. “My teachers showed me to love who I am, and not to be ashamed of myself,” Allan says. Now a thriving 10th grader, Allan aspires to become the first person in his family to attend college.