The ASPIRA Association - Making Global Impact for Over 50 Years!
Association, a 501(c)(3) organization, is the only national Hispanic
organization dedicated exclusively to developing the educational and leadership
capacity of Hispanic youth.
1961, ASPIRA has been working at the grass-roots level to provide programs that
encourage Hispanic students to stay in school while preparing them to succeed academically,
develop leadership skills and serve their communities.
organized in eight states and Puerto Rico and has an extensive national
presence through its partnerships with hundreds of regional, state and local community
based organizations. It currently serves more than 85,000 students each year
through its ASPIRA Clubs in schools and its after-school education and guidance
a very diverse organization working with substantial numbers of Puerto Ricans,
Dominicans, Central Americans, Mexicans and Cubans, as well as with African
Americans, non-Hispanic whites and Haitians, among others.
is a confederation of ASPIRA statewide organizations, which provide various
educational, enrichment and support services to Latino youth and their families
in schools, community centers and ASPIRA Clubs.
Associates develop partnerships with schools, community organizations,
businesses, community leaders and parents to provide comprehensive programs to
advance the leadership capabilities and educational achievement of Hispanic and
ASPIRA has more than 450,000 alumni. Virtually every Puerto Rican leader, both
nationally and locally, has been an Aspirante. ASPIRA is in a
unique position and particularly suited to advance its mission, for these
- National scope. The Association has a widespread reach, with offices
in seven states and Puerto Rico. At these locations ASPIRA maintains its
long-standing relationship with the community. In addition, ASPIRA has hundreds
of partners nationally, through which it delivers ASPIRA-originated
- Youth leadership development. ASPIRA has more than 50 years of experience in youth
leadership development programs in inner cities. Virtually every second-generation
Hispanic leader, in the Northeast, Southeast, the Chicago metro area and Puerto
Rico, has been an Aspirante.
- International outreach. ASPIRA programs are used in more than 10,000
organizations operating telecenters in North America, Central America, South
America, Africa, the Caribbean and Spain, through several international
- Extensive experience in youth programs. ASPIRA serves more than 85,000 students
and parents directly each year through its Associate Offices and extensive
- Proven track record with the Hispanic
record demonstrates 44 years of experience in working with students and
parents. In each of our offices, we have at least 35 years of service to the
- Rated as one of the Top 10 charities in the
reported by Money Magazine, the
American Institute of Philanthropy rated ASPIRA an A+ organization, based not
only on our compliance with programmatic standards, but also on program
spending, fund-raising efficiency and size of reserves.
- Rated by Hispanic Business
magazine from 2002 to 2014 as one of the largest Hispanic nonprofit
organizations in the U.S. Based on its shared mission and governance structure,
budget size, human and technical resources the ASPIRA Association was rated one
of the three largest Hispanic community based organizations in the country.
- Extensive capabilities in information
manages more than 20 web sites, provides web hosting for its affiliates and
other community based organizations, manages e-mail services, the organization
extranet and the national online MIS system. We also operate or provide support
to more than 150 community technology centers, and provide networking
engineering, security services and IT technical assistance and training.
- Inclusive organization. ASPIRA reaches out to the local community to
provide programs and services to any youth and their families who wish to
participate. ASPIRA services Puerto Ricans, African Americans and non-Hispanic whites.
- Youth Participation in governance and planning. No other youth organization in the country has
the level of youth representation in governance that ASPIRA has. Youth are
represented on all ASPIRA boards of directors (local) and each associate
has a youth representative on the National Board of Directors. Seven voting
members of the National Board of Directors are under 25 (stated in the by-laws)—40
percent of the National Board.
people on the National Board sit on a standing committee: the Committee on
Student Affairs. The committee chair sits on the Executive Committee. In fact ,
two of the seven members of the executive committee are youth members.
incorporated in New York. The New York State legislature passed a law exempting
ASPIRA, specifically, from the requirement that board members be 21 or over.
Currently, ASPIRA, by special legislation, can have board members who are 16
The ASPIRA process and ASPIRA's success
Over the years, ASPIRA has developed a highly
successful model for intervention called the “ASPIRA Process." It teaches
young people to become aware of their own situation and that of their
community, to analyze the root causes of barriers to their success, and to take
action for positive changes in their personal lives and the life of their
community, all within the context of reinforcing pride in their cultural
background as well as their self-esteem.
this process and the services ASPIRA offers, more than 95 percent of Aspirantes
(ASPIRA’s students) complete high school, and more than 90 percent go on
to college. Moreover, almost every Latino leader in politics, business and
education in the cities ASPIRA serves has been an Aspirante.
was credited by the Superintendent of Bridgeport, Conn., public schools for cutting
the Latino drop-out rate in that city by half. Among many others, ASPIRA has
also been recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Education for its
mathematics and science academy and for its parent involvement program,
called APEX, as well as by the President's Initiative on Race, which designated
ASPIRA as an "Exemplary Program."
increased college attendance, an alternative to
gangs and violence in Schools
and a commitment to service.
ASPIRA's Youth Development and Youth Leadership program has
proven a highly effective national model for ensuring that students remain in
school, go on to college, pursue a career and engage in service. The program
serves as an alternative to gangs and violence in schools with high
concentrations of poor Latino students in the inner cities ASPIRA serves.
Through community service, each year Aspirantes serve thousands of hours as tutors and mentors to
younger children in their communities. As indicated, an overwhelming
majority of ASPIRA Club members (currently more than 15,000 nationally) participate
in the program, finish high school and go on to college.
of ASPIRA’s youth leadership program is best exemplified by the number of
Latino leaders in the states served by ASPIRA who are today leaders in their
communities. In fact, almost every Latino leader in these states—politicians,
college presidents and other professionals—has been an Aspirante, and many leaders across the country were ASPIRA Club
members in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.