Michelle Cody

Michelle earned good grades in middle school. So when her mom insisted she attend the Aim High summer program, 12-year-old Michelle was reluctant at first. She was in love with Aim High after just one week.

Viviana Montoya-Hernandez Torres

Viviana Montoya-Hernandez Torres

Viviana’s life changed at Aim High one summer. She was reading Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street in her seventh grade humanities class. Like the main character Esperanza, Viviana spoke two languages, had immigrant parents, and was negotiating two cultures. For the first time, Viviana saw herself depicted in literature. “It validated my experience…