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 either improve their grades or maintain A’s and B’s


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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Ward 4 Scholar Advocates for Change

Last summer scholars used Voice, one of Higher Achievement’s social justice principles, to create a center-wide magazine about issues and subjects…

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Introducing Richmond Young Professional Board Chair, Zack Francis of Capital One

How did you learn about Higher Achievement?
Zack: I first learned about Higher Achievement through the Bonner Scholars Program when I was a student…

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Words to Live By

As we kick-off the 2017-2018 school year and Afterschool Academy, here are a few sage words of advice from our 2017…

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“Recruiting For the Best Program Out There”: Meet Chris Perkins

It takes a dedicated team of volunteers to make Higher Achievement’s program a success, but how is that team assembled? Who brings together the…

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DC Scholars featured on One World Education Blog!

Summer Learning Success for One World
Published on 8.30.17 by Agustina Moppett | One World Education
At the beautifully renovated…

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