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

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95%

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.

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63%

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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Awards

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i3 Grantee

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In The News

New National Report Validates Higher Achievement’s Efforts in SEL

The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development recently released a major national report, From a Nation at…

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Diamilatou Dreams of Peace and Harmony in the World

My name is Diamilatou. I am a Higher Achievement Scholar. I am 10 years old and I’m in the 5th grade. I was born in Africa and moved to Richmond, VA…

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Higher Achievement Supports and Inspires Yanixa

My name is Yanixa. I am a  Higher Achievement Scholar. I am from Honduras and moved to Baltimore, Maryland 3 years ago. I’m 12 years old and I’m in…

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Higher Achievement is Tyler’s Safe Haven

My name is Tyler. I am a  Higher Achievement Scholar. I live in Baltimore, Maryland. I am 13 years old and I’m in the 8th grade. I live at home…

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Kevian Finds Strength, Support, and Family in the Higher Achievement Community

Disclaimer: The content of this post is challenging, however, it portrays the authentic voice of our scholar, Kevian, and her life…

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