Give MHS Trojans Hope to AIM High!

Since 2015, the Allies in Monroe (AIM) mentorship program at Monroe High School (Michigan) has encouraged students to set and conquer achievable scholastic goals. 

The first of its kind in Monroe County and open to all MHS students (even those with a 4.0 GPA!), the program pairs a student with a staff mentor (their Ally).  Each trimester, the students and their Allies set an attainable goal to increase their GPA at least 15%.  Students with a 4.0 also commit to performing a number of community service hours.  During frequent touch base sessions, the mentors work with the students to ensure they remain on track to achieve success.  At the end of the trimester, if the student meets theirgoals, they are celebrated at a banquet joined by their fellow AIM peers and mentors.  Additionally, they receive a cash incentive that they are encouraged to save for their post-secondary education career. 

But the impact is so much more than cash in the pocket...

At one recent banquet, student speakers included: a homeless student who received considerable encouragement from his Ally; a student who had a baby during the school year but whose Ally continued to contact her and encouraged her to complete her homework while homebound, even babysitting so the student could study; a student who saw her grades improve because her Ally called her at 6 a.m. every day to make sure she got up for school; and a student who narrowly missed AIM recognition by .01 points last trimester but who was encouraged by her Ally to try again and not give up.

AIM students tell us they feel like they are not alone in this world. There is at least one adult in their life who cares about them and wants to see them succeed. One person who isn’t going to give up on them.


"I have always dreaded report card time every year since 4th grade, and it was always a difficult time for me.  But this year, thanks to the AIM program, report card time was emotional again, but this time for totally different reasons. This year when I opened that envelope, I found a row of As and Bs -- and a note letting me know that, for the first time in my life, I had made the Honor Roll. That feeling, that excitement, still hasn’t left me yet.  I didn’t do it for the financial reward. That’s just an awesome perk of it. The real reward is knowing now that anything is possible if you really put your mind to it. That’s a life lesson that has no price tag." -Jina, AIM Student

Since the AIM program began, 520 students have been successful and over $103,000 has been paid out!   
 Besides enhancing student academic achievement, the AIM program has increased the number of students furthering their education after high school and enhanced staff-student relationships throughout the school.  80% of MHS staff and a growing number of other Monroe Public Schools employees mentor a student in the program.  

Watch the brief video below to hear from an AIM student how the program means more than cash in her pocket:



Although this is a program at MHS, the AIM program cannot be supported with district funds.
Will you help support the school and staff that supported you? Your donation helps AIM encourage the next generation of your fellow Trojans achieve success!  All funds raised go directly toward sponsoring student achievement stipends.

All donations are significant and impactful.  Whether you can give $5 or $500, your generosity will play a crucial role in changing a student's life.

As a thank you for your donation, donors at the following levels, will receive a special gift in appreciation:   

Give $50, you'll get a handwritten note from a student in the AIM program

Give $100, you'll get a handwritten note from an AIM student and be recognized in the next printed banquet program.

Give $200, you'll sponsor a student for one trimester, receive a handwritten note from an AIM student and  get an invitation to the next AIM banquet where you can see the program's outstanding results!

Give $600, you'll be recognized as an "AIM Angel" and receive a special set of angel wings.  Your donation at this level will sponsor a student for one school year, you'll receive a handwritten note from an AIM student and an invitation to all of the AIM banquets next year.

Thank you for your support and GO TROJANS!




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    • $100 
    • 25 mos
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    • $100 
    • 25 mos
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    • $100 
    • 25 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $500 
    • 25 mos
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    • $30 
    • 25 mos
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Mark Cochran 
Organizer
Monroe, MI
Monroe Public Schools 
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