Aim High supports students in grades 9-12 who have small gaps in skills and knowledge, and just need that extra push to find success. Aim High mentors work 1-on-1 or with a small group of students in humanities or STEM subjects. Aim High helps students build confidence and resilience and prepare for their future aspirations.BECOME A VOLUNTEER
1. COMPLETE VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM.
After you submit the form, a staff person from Boston Partners in Education will contact you to schedule an interview. If you need any assistance, please contact Peter Darling at 617.451.6145
2. ATTEND AN INTERVIEW.
During the one-hour interview we’ll discuss volunteer opportunities and find a potential match for you. You’ll also be asked to give us permission to conduct Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sexual Offender Record Information (SORI) background checks, and we’ll select a date for your training.
3. GET TRAINED.
Training sessions are conducted at Boston Partners in Education’s office at 44 Farnsworth Street by our Director of Education and Training, Marc Saunders. Volunteers are introduced to the current curriculum used in the Boston Public Schools. Generally, trainings last two and a half hours and include a section on mentoring. For details or a current training schedule, please call Marc Saunders at 617.451.6145.
4. BEGIN TUTORING AND MENTORING.
After training and background checks are complete, you are ready to begin and will be matched with one or more high school students. Generally, volunteers are encouraged to volunteer one to two hours each week. If you wish to volunteer more often, you are always welcome.
- 91% of Aim High teachers who responded to our year-end survey reported that Aim High was excellent or good at improving students’ classroom participation.
- 90% of Aim High teachers who responded to our survey reported that Aim High was excellent or good at improving students’ self-confidence.
- 88% of Aim High teachers who responded to our survey reported that Aim High was excellent or good at improving students’ academic performance.