AIM for Excellence

College preparation for students in the academic middle
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CW_AIM for Excellence-ColorAIM for Excellence encompasses all Civic Works mentorship programs geared toward improving college and career readiness for economically disadvantaged students in the Baltimore County school system. AIM for Excellence takes students who are performing below grade level and in the academic middle to bring them into the top tier of students through assistance with class and homework assignments; guiding students to work effectively in groups; helping students develop time management strategies, note taking skills, and strategies for test preparation; and promote college awareness and cultural understanding to ensure continued academic success.

Within our AIM for Excellence programming, AmeriCorps members employ the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, a national model, as well as the Accelerated Math Achievement (AMA) program, which was implemented by the Baltimore County school district in 2013-14. Our AmeriCorps members tutor over 2,000 students each year, teach them to study and take notes in class, encourage enrollment in advanced classes, and promote college attendance. In 2016, 94% of students participating in the AVID program were accepted into college, with 85% gaining entry into 4-year college. These young scholars were offered a total of $31.6 million in scholarship awards.

For more information or to join our AIM for Excellence team, contact Candice Blackwell-Richardson at or 410-366-8533.

Bill - AmeriCorps Member 2014 

“I joined the AVID program because I love math and learning in general. It’s that hard-to-control sort of love that you just want to spread and get others excited about. So the idea of working in a school and having an opportunity to help try and change students’ outlook on math and learning was something that really appealed to me.

I spent my time of service working at a middle school, primarily with the 8th grade class. One of my best experiences was to help the students research colleges. I really tried to get them to think about what they’d enjoy studying and where they might want to go. Many students started to realize the importance of staying motivated in school and striving for those great grades.”