Aim High kicks off largest summer program ever |

Aim High kicks off largest summer program ever

KINGS BEACH, Calif. and#8212; Aim High, the Bay Areaand#8217;s award-winning summer learning program, launched its 27th summer program on June 25. Over the past 26 years, Aim High has served more than 8,000 low-income Bay Area youth through its engaging, tuition-free summer program that addresses summer learning loss and promotes academic achievement, leadership skills, and opportunity.

This summer, Aim High will launch its first summer in Tahoe/Truckee at Kings Beach Elementary School, serving the needs of 60 incoming 6th and 7th graders. Here, students focus on developing their math, science and literacy skills as well as interpersonal understanding, cultural awareness and environmental awareness.

and#8220;Aim High changed my life,and#8221; says Charles Jolivette, class of 1996.

In 2012, Aim High will serve more than 1,400 middle school students at 13 campuses in San Francisco, Marin County, Oakland, on the Peninsula and one in Tahoe/Truckee.

and#8220;Aim High drove me to ask questions, seek resources, and dream big,and#8221; says Viviana Montoya-Hernandez, an Aim High graduate and current site director. and#8220;I went on to be the first in my family to graduate from college and attain a Masterand#8217;s degree.and#8221;

and#8226; 70 percent of Aim Highand#8217;s studentsand#8217; families live at the poverty or low-income level.

and#8226; 60 percent of students are poised to be the first in the family to graduate college.

During the next five weeks, Aim High participants will learn mathematics building blocks, review influential issues and choices, create science projects and family histories. Students typically join after 5th or 6th grade, and participate for three or four consecutive summers.

After they graduate from the program, many alumni return to Aim High as college or high school-aged interns and teachers. This year, 70 out of 350 faculty members are Aim High graduates. The Tahoe/Truckee campus looks to expand to encourage this consistent participation and community bond.

Over and over, students and families credit Aim High with being a key turning point in their life.

and#8220;Aim High opened up a whole new world of education for DeMarcus,and#8221; says Pally Cottonham, a parent. and#8220;His math skills improved dramatically and his test scores showed improvement year after year. After one summer at Aim High, DeMarcus started talking about going to college to become a social worker.and#8221;

After graduating Aim High, DeMarcus Cottonham returned to the program as a Teaching Assistant. He started his first year at SFSU last year.


Visiting days

See the Aim High model and magic and visit classrooms, or profile a student, graduate or teacher at one of Aim Highand#8217;s Visiting Days. Aim High can also arrange special visits throughout the summer at any of its 14 campuses, including Tahoe/Truckee.

The Tahoe/Truckee visiting day takes place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Thursday, July 26, at Kings Beach Elementary School. For more information, contact Katie Jamison, co-director, at 661-965-3451 or

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