ASPIRA Leadership Clubs
The Leadership Clubs are the core of the Center,
both locally and nationally. Students participating in the clubs learn the
ASPIRA Process of awareness, analysis and action.
The program provides leadership training,
cultural enrichment activities and community action projects that help students
reach their full potential, sharpen their skills and become effective leaders
of their communities.
Each club is represented at the ASPIRA Clubs
Federation, an assembly that convenes weekly to discuss action-oriented
ASPIRA's Youth Leadership Development Program is
based on these principles:
- Young people are a community
asset, not a problem.
- Building meaningful relationships
across race, class, gender, sexual identity and generations will
strengthen the existing social capital of young people in low-income
- Youth leadership development is a
process, not an event. Caring adults need to invest in young people over a
period of years.
- Young people need to be actively
engaged in community change at all levels, from the street corner to the
- Society must acknowledge and
embrace the idea that youth are talented and capable of leading community
- Young people must lead positive
change themselves in order for it to succeed.
- Leadership programs must identify,
nurture and support more than a talented elite.
- The process of developing young
leaders begins with learning how to learn.
ASPIRA Clubs complete four projects during the
school year; each project has a different focus in community, education,
government and economics. Projects are documented by each club and then
reviewed by an impartial panel that selects the best project and the club of
the year. Student accomplishments are celebrated during the Leadership
Development Institute at the end of the school year. They include high school
graduation honors, most-improved students awards and best clubs projects.
Participating schools in Illinois:
ASPIRA Early College
ASPIRA Haugan Middle School
ASPIRA Mirta Ramirez High School
ASPIRA Antonia Pantoja High School
Prosser High School
Roberto Clemente Community Academy
Lane Tech High School
Schurz High School
Oak Park River Forest High School
Kelvyn Park High School
North Grand High School
Are you interested in bringing an ASPIRA Youth
Leadership Club to your middle or high school?