AIM Higher Foun­da­tion em­pow­ers youth to un­leash their po­ten­tial

Jamaica Gleaner - - LIVING - Keisha Hill/ Se­nior Gleaner Writer keisha.hill@glean­erjm.com

YOUNG PEO­PLE de­sirous of pur­su­ing ter­tiary stud­ies both lo­cally and over­seas are be­ing given the op­por­tu­nity to re­alise their full po­ten­tial ir­re­spec­tive of their so­cio-eco­nomic back­ground through the AIM Higher Foun­da­tion.

The ob­jec­tives of the AIM Higher Foun­da­tion is to em­power high-po­ten­tial, low-in­come stu­dents to ac­cess ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion through part­ner­ships with uni­ver­si­ties, foun­da­tions, non-govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions, cor­po­ra­tions, col­lege coun­selling pro­fes­sion­als, and in­di­vid­u­als who can pro­vide as­sis­tance and sup­port for these stu­dents.

Ac­cord­ing to Ni­cole McLaren Camp­bell, founder and head of AIM Ed­u­ca­tional Ser­vices, the sup­port the stu­dents re­ceive is not only aca­demic, but also in­cludes lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment, com­mu­nity ser­vice and in­tern­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties, innovation and en­trepreneur­ship train­ing, col­lege and test prep ser­vices, and on­go­ing men­tor­ship.

The foun­da­tion has helped stu­dents to ac­cess over $100 mil­lion in scholarships to at­tend uni­ver­si­ties, in­clud­ing Amherst Col­lege, Howard Univer­sity and Lafayette Col­lege.

“This year, we are work­ing with stu­dents headed to both the Univer­sity of the West Indies, Mona (School of Medicine), and Lafayette Col­lege in the United States. Our scholar headed to Lafayette Col­lege has earned a schol­ar­ship of just over US$300,000,” Camp­bell said.

POS­I­TIVE CON­TRI­BU­TION

“Our young peo­ple need a chance, and it is in­cum­bent on ev­ery­one to use the re­sources that we have to em­power our young peo­ple so that they can make pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions to Ja­maica,” she added.

Floyd Green, min­is­ter of state in the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and In­for­ma­tion, in en­dors­ing the foun­da­tion’s ob­jec­tives, said he was par­tic­u­larly pleased that the or­gan­i­sa­tion will iden­tify and em­power stu­dents from low­in­come house­holds to ac­cess ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion through scholarships.

“Tra­di­tion­ally, many scholarships go to high-per­form­ing stu­dents, but who may al­ready have greater ac­cess to fund­ing through their fam­ily sup­port sys­tem to pur­sue their ed­u­ca­tion. We ap­plaud the AIM Higher Foun­da­tion for this ini­tia­tive, and we ex­pect Ja­maica to reap great ben­e­fits from this in­vest­ment in our ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor,” Green said.

RU­DOLPH BROWN/ PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

From left: Floyd Green, state min­is­ter in the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and In­for­ma­tion, Jah­noy St Jac­ques, stu­dent at Ja­maica Col­lege, Jef­frey ‘Agent Sasco’ Camp­bell and Ni­cole McLaren Camp­bell, Founder of AIM Higher Foun­da­tion and Shan­tae Shand, 2018 AIM Higher Foun­da­tion Ben­e­fi­ciary share a joke at the launch of Aim Higher Foun­da­tion, held recently at St Andrew High School for Girls.

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