ASPIRA: In­spir­ing ed­u­ca­tional ex­cel­lence in Latino com­mu­nity

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What does ASPIRA of Florida do?

ASPIRA of Florida de­vel­ops the lead­er­ship ca­pac­ity of its youth by en­gag­ing them in weekly lead­er­ship club meet­ings guided by a cur­ricu­lum de­signed to de­velop cul­tural and self-aware­ness, as well as crit­i­cal think­ing and so­cial skills. This is known as the ASPIRA Process of Lead­er­ship De­vel­op­ment. ASPIRA of Florida pro­vides youth with a va­ri­ety of lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties fa­cil­i­tated by its staff of young pro­fes­sion­als who can re­late to the needs of our youth and pro­vide ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices in a cul­tur­ally com­pe­tent and youth­fo­cused man­ner.

How does your or­ga­ni­za­tion ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity?

Through our pro­grams, we de­velop bet­ter ed­u­cated, more com­mu­nity con­scious and com­mit­ted youth. With our ded­i­ca­tion to the pop­u­la­tion we serve and our com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence, ASPIRA of Florida pledges to de­liver qual­ity ser­vices to our youth in lead­er­ship and aca­demic de­vel­op­ment. We strive each day to make this vi­sion a re­al­ity.

What is your agency’s fo­cus for the fu­ture?

ASPIRA’s fo­cus for 2018 is to ex­pand our pro­gram par­tic­i­pa­tion, com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, and de­velop more part­ner­ships to ex­pand ASPIRA’s vi­sion. This year we are also putting an em­pha­sis on grow­ing our Belle Glade pro­gram by pos­i­tively im­pact­ing the youth in that area. Through fundrais­ing and con­tin­ued com­mu­nity sup­port, we will also be able to pro­vide more op­por­tu­ni­ties for our stu­dents. We are also work­ing to­wards pro­vid­ing more fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance in the form of schol­ar­ships to our stu­dents grad­u­at­ing high school and con­tin­u­ing their ed­u­ca­tion at the col­lege level.

How can the com­mu­nity help?

Through lo­cal col­lab­o­ra­tions and fundrais­ing, our com­mu­nity can help grow the ASPIRA name and ex­pand our or­ga­ni­za­tion. In do­ing so, ASPIRA will be able to con­tinue to reach more stu­dents and make a big­ger im­pact on their lives and fu­tures.

The ASPIRA of Florida Palm Beach di­vi­sion of­fers sev­eral pro­grams to ed­u­cate youth in the Latino com­mu­nity.

Miream Sierra

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