The AIM Institute ( Youth Academies (Upward Bound and Talent Search) hosted National TRIO Day for Omaha-area high school students to celebrate the success of these students and highlight the importance of these programs in promoting equal access to education.

The event, held at UNO’s Mammel Hall in late February, also inspired the students to use their education to improve the world around them. AIM Institute brought in Gitanjali Rao, TIME Magazine’s 2020 Kid of the Year and Top Young Innovator, to speak and work with the students on creating change for a positive impact. The event also featured a service project for students and a drone obstacle course challenge.

Devin Henk, a junior at Bryan High School, had this to say about Ms. Rao and the event, “In college, I want to study Computer Science, and Gitanjali Rao’s speech was amazing! It really connected with me on a personal level because I am interested in AI and the tech community. She’s also attending MIT, and I really want to strive to get into that school.”

“We give special thanks to Gitanjali Rao for her time to meet with our students, and to Mammel Hall and UNO for providing a wonderful space that allows our students to experience a glimpse of a college campus,” says Charles Kaup, Director of AIM’s TRIO Upward Bound programs. “AIM’s Youth Academies offer life-changing learning experiences to inspire under-represented youth to pursue their full potential and achieve their ultimate career goals.”

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