Board Membership

The Aim High board is composed of no fewer than 12 members. Each member is invited to serve for three years, beginning at the close of the annual meeting in November or December, and is eligible to serve one additional three year term before rotating off the board for at least one year.

Board Role

The board of Aim High is a governing body and, as such has the moral, legal and fiduciary responsibility for the institution. The board delegates the authority to manage the agency to the executive director and his or her staff. Since Aim High is a small organization, board members also actively participate on committees in order to accomplish the work of the agency.

Criteria for Board Membership

Aim High is looking for active, involved directors who support the mission of the agency and have the time and willingness to give their unique skills to the work of the Board, its committees and the organization.

Board Expectations

To carry out the responsibilities of trusteeship, board members are expected to:

  • Participate in an orientation for new members
  • Read and become familiar with the by-laws, policies, programs and operations of the agency
  • Attend and actively participate in the meetings of the board, held six times a year
  • Serve and actively participate on at least one committee of the board
  • Contribute annually to Aim High and support fundraising events and activities.
  • Promote future leadership of the Aim High board by helping to identify and recruit new board members.
  • Act as a public relations agent for the agency in the broader community

Time Commitment

Time commitments can vary depending on your committee assignment and program participation. Most board members should expect to spend a minimum of 40 hours a year in service, while very active members can spend up to 80 or more each year.

Full board members are asked to attend 6 board meetings per year (Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.), held every other month on the John Burroughs campus. The Executive Committee meets in alternating months.

All board members are asked to join at least one, and preferably two committees, most of which meet monthly. Schedules vary. Aim High committees include:

  • Finance
  • Fundraising
  • Board Governance and Engagement
  • Executive Committee (Board Officers and Committee Chairs only)

In addition to these standing opportunities, every member is invited to attend and support program and organizational events and activities as their schedules permit. Most program activities occur in the late Spring and early Summer months and include:

  • New Family Welcome Dinner (early May)
  • All Aim High Picnic (late May)
  • Friends Day (July)
  • Graduation (July)
  • Other in-program activities
  • Fundraising Events
  • Luminosity (March/April major event)
  • Fall fundraiser
  • Letter writing and support for letter campaigns
  • Various ad hoc events determined annually