In addition to our newest site at Mission High School and our partnership with Voice of Witness (see posts below), Aim High is excited for these new initiatives, pilots and partnerships for Summer 2011. Social Support – this year, Aim High will be better able to serve the specific needs of urban youth with the addition of Site Counselors at out highest-need sites. In the first year of this pilot program, Site Counselors will provide social and emotional support to students on site, offer workshops for families, and serve as a bridge among Aim High, families, schools and community resources. Generous funding from Bill & Stephanie Mellin made this pilot program possible. iPad technology pilot – Aim High has long served as a “learning lab” where professional educators can experiment with new ideas and tweak favorite lessons. In that spirit, two Aim High sites will have the opportunity to use iPads in their classrooms this summer. Aim High @ Urban and Aim High @ ER Taylor will have three iPads available to explore how this technology can be used in the classroom. Golf activity with First Tee – students from Aim High @ Lick-Wilmerding will get a first taste of golf through the First Tee program, an international nonprofit that provides golf and character education to youth of all backgrounds. Up to ten Aim High students will participate in the afternoon activity, which will take place at the golf course in Harding Park. To learn more about any of these initiatives, or to RSVP for a Visiting Day and see an Aim High program in action, contact Kat White at email@example.com.