AIM High

Advocacy, Inspiration & Mentorship

AIM High Overview

AIM High is a 7-week leadership program by The Noble Path Foundation. The AIM acronym stands for ADVOCACY, INSPIRATION and MENTORSHIP, and by pairing groups of teens with different leaders and advocates in our community each week, we encourage meaningful dialogues and thought-provoking conversations in order to inspire these types of mentoring relationships. Past speakers (and topics) have included the Wellness and Prevention Center (Self-Esteem and Social Media), Laura’s House (Teen Dating and Healthy Relationships), Waymakers and San Clemente Rotary (Leadership and Development), OC Sheriff’s Department (Trending Drug Cultures), The Noble Path Foundation (Nutrition and Body Image) and Partners4Wellness (Stress and Coping Skills).

In conjunction with the presentations are fun social activities the participants can enjoy and are encouraged to attend during the week to foster peer relationships: free yoga, music lessons and meditation practice on Wellness Wednesdays, or TGIF Friday events like karaoke, ping pong tournaments, gaming, or movie nights. The series concludes with a certification ceremony to share with family and city officials, plenty of food and drink, and the joy of celebrating lessons learned and friendships formed. The success of the program lies in the fact that many of the AIM High graduates return to volunteer and help mentor the next generation.

AIM High Team

Director of Programs

Lindsey Landingham is the Director of Programs for the Noble Path Foundation. Growing up in South OC, Lindsey always had a passion for the outdoors and making connections with the people in her own backyard. As a teen she started getting involved in helping the teens and young adults in our surrounding schools and programs and found a passion for connecting and supporting those that wish to strive forward. Getting to work hand in hand with programs like the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club of America and the National Association of School Counselors opened her eyes to the many obstacles our youth are capable of conquering, as long as they have support. In 2023, Lindsey earned her Masters degree at California Lutheran University in Higher Education, with an emphasis on college student support. Post grad, Lindsey has focused her professional efforts as an intern and part-time academic counselor at Mira Costa College, Saddleback College and Chapman University. Through these positions and training she has acquired the skill set to guide our multi-culturally diverse young adults in an upward and positive direction– along with the knowledge required to assist our older teens with the trials and tribulations of college applications, job applications and career exploration. Lindsey is excited to bring the culmination of her experience to all of our programs, including our AIM High series of Advocacy, Inspiration and Mentorship, in order to help the teens in our community flourish.

AIM High Facilitator

Holly Grupe is a licensed therapist originally from Sacramento and now residing in beautiful San Clemente. In 2022, she opened Balanced Growth Counseling with a mission to support empathic and sensitive individuals facing anxiety, burnout and depression. While Holly mostly helps adults in her practice, with a bachelors in Child Development and experiences as a camp counselor and nanny, she remains passionate about supporting young people. When she’s not working, Holly enjoys exploring new places, experimenting with recipes in the kitchen, and drinking too much coffee. Since 2022, she has been volunteering at The Noble Path Foundation, where she is thrilled to connect with the incredible teens, staff and fellow volunteers.

Dr Nate Balfanz has been practicing psychology in a variety of settings for nearly 20 years now. Currently, he splits his time between his position at Dr. Nate Psych and his secondary role as a pediatric and adolescent specialist at The Weichman Clinic, a multidisciplinary mental health clinic located within Hoag Hospital of Newport Beach. Nate opened his own private practice in San Clemente as a result of his lifelong pursuit for helping children, adults, and families manage their mental health struggles in order to live a more fulfilling life. At Dr. Nate Psych, he provides a variety of therapeutic services intended for children, individuals, and families of all types.

Starting late 2023, Nate has been a volunteer with TNPF, helping out during our social activities sharing his knowledge and expertise as a featured guest speaker with the AIM High program.  Nate focuses his discussions and speaking engagements primarily on the topics of social and emotional coping skills for adolescents and young adults, as well as coaching and support for parents navigating the inevitable challenges that come with raising a child in today’s world.