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Academic Innovation and Mentoring



Academic Innovation and Mentoring (AIM) is an innovative partnership between Texas Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs (BGC) and the Sylvan Learning Centers. AIM is designed to close the gaps in the student achievement among minority, low-income, and Limited English Proficient students who are at risk of dropping out.

Support services for students include:

  • After-school academic instruction and tutoring
  • Assigned adult advocates
  • Parent engagement activities
  • Character and leadership development in problem-solving and decision-making
  • Fine arts activities
  • Sports, fitness, recreation, and health and life skills
  • Data system to assess needs, plan services, and monitor student performance and engagement.

Proven Droput Prevention Strategies

The Texas Education Agency focuses state and federal resources on identifying and replicating proven strategies for dropout prevention and recovery. AIM provides mentors and adult advocates to help students address academic, social and emotional needs that are barriers to academic achievement. 


  • Texas Boys and Girls Club, as specified in the General Appropriations Act, Article III, Rider 51(c), 2009


 Texas AIM began in September 2009 at 30 sites in 16 communities, including nine sites along the border. During the 2009-2010 school year, 3,068 youth were assessed for services through testing by Sylvan Learning and 1,489 youth were placed into a Club-based, Texas AIM academic program with instruction by certified teachers, contracted through Sylvan Learning, and Boys & Girls Club (BGC) Staff.

  • 5,032 youth received additional homework help and academic support at the 30 AIM sites for an average of 32.2 hours per semester per youth
  • 75.4% students advanced a level in math or reading (as measured by Sylvan assessments)
  • 699 parents of Texas AIM youth were provided with support and/or academic services
  • 137 certified teachers provided services through the Texas AIM academic and mentoring program
  • 177 trained, professional youth development staff/mentors and volunteers assisted the certified teachers

A final evaluation progress report from the grantee is due to TEA at the end of each project period.

Funding Information

  • FY2010 (September 1, 2009 to August 31, 2010) - $1,500,000 


  • AIM, an innovative partnership between Texas Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs and the Sylvan Learning Centers. 

Laws and Rules

  • General Appropriations Act, Article III, Rider 51(c), 2009 



Department of State Initiatives
Program Manager: Laura Gaines

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