A Welcome from the President & CEO
We are excited to begin a new school year with a renewed effort to provide the best integrated educational and leadership development programs for our community youth. We welcome more than 300 hundred new students to ASPIRA Schools and a great group of dedicated educators and counselors. Over the last few months, ASPIRA schools and the Miguel del Valle Youth Development Center, in collaboration with many community partners, diligently planned academic and support programs that will benefit all ASPIRA students. We are building on what was accomplished last year and will continue working tirelessly to advance opportunities and progress.
Our mission is to prepare Latinos and other minority youth to achieve academic excellence, to contribute in a meaningful way to society and to become leaders in their communities. We are inspired by the legacy of Dr. Antonia Pantoja, founder of ASPIRA, and Doňa Mirta Ramirez, founder of ASPIRA Inc. of Illinois. In collaboration with parents, students and community leaders, we aspire to ensure our youth are prepared and have the resources needed to go to college, graduate and serve their communities. (Click here to see entire text)