40 Stories

In honor of our anniversary, we have selected 40 exceptional alumni, mentors, donors, staff members, and board members to profile as part of our 40 Stories Project. These scholars and supporters range from famous comedians to successful accountants to award-winning poets to respected lawyers – and everywhere in between.

Meet Howard

“I put in what they put in,” says mentor Howard Johnson, referring to his 401K mentoring plan where he matches his scholars investment in their education, just like companies do for their employees. Howard asks that scholars put their all into advancing their academics and becoming leaders in their community. In return, Howard commits to being a mentor that will go above and beyond in supporting them.

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Proven Results



Graduate high school on time

That is 20% higher than the average graduation rates in our cities.

Randomized trial study

Gains from participation in Higher Achievement equaled 48 extra school days in math and 30 extra school days in reading per year.



Higher Achievement scholars show positive grade impacts.


There is no doubt that Higher Achievement is the most effective after school and summer program in the country.

Dr. Leigh Linden

University of Texas, Austin

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In The News

Higher Achievement’s Going Places Gala featured in Bisnow

Going Places Gala
Published on November 09, 2017 by Trevor Holler | BisNow
The Warner Theatre was the place to be Nov. 1, where Higher…

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Scholar Spotlight: Taylor R.

Each year, our scholars participate in a center-wide Geography Challenge, or Geo Challenge. Geo Challenge is an academic competition in which scholars…

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Staff and volunteers highlighted on University of Richmond blog!

Opening Doors in Richmond
Published on 11.30.17 | University of Richmond Newsroom
Later this year, Higher Achievement Richmond, which opened its…

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Why I Give: Katie Taylor

As we approach Giving Tuesday, we are highlighting Richmond donors and volunteers for their commitment to our scholars! Katie Taylor is a mentor at…

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Better Together

Today, I will sit down with my family around the dinner table – like many of you – and reflect on my many reasons to be grateful. Our intertwined,…

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