Sustainability and Asset Building Division (SAAB)

Welcome to the Sustainability and Asset Building Division page!

The SAAB mission is to support the ASPIRA larger mission by building on ASPIRA’s internal assets and capitalizing on external resources—human, corporate and financial—to assure ASPIRA’s long-term sustainable growth, stability and progress.

SAAB has 3 internal departments:

Resource Development

The Resource Development department is responsible for maintaining and increasing government funding, and fundraising through grants, individual donations, in-kind gifts and corporate partnerships. To learn more, contact Batya Hernandez.

Asset Building and Social Enterprise

The Asset Building and Social Enterprise department is responsible for building the human and capital assets of the organization and bringing in diverse streams of revenues and resources, through the Alumni Development program, internships, e-rate telecom subsidies, professional development and the development of Social Enterprises. To learn more, contact MariBeth Welch.

Policy, Research and Advocacy

Policy, Research and Advocacy links issues of interest to ASPIRA and our audiences. To learn more, contact MariBeth Welch.

Education Resources:
Chicago Public Schools
Find Information about CPS policy, other schools in the LEA, and new district initiatives.

Illinois State Board of Education
The ISBE website provides a wealth of information about education in Illinois, including school report cards, new legislation, and information on curriculum.

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools provides resources for charter school operators and advocates for school choice in Illinois.

Advance Illinois
This organization advocates for best practices and research-based reforms as vehicles for improvement of education in Illinois.

White House | Education Department
Learn about issues related to education in the U.S. as well as national education initiatives.

Department of Education
This page is a portal for information about a number of initiatives of interest to SAAB and ASPIRA including education policy, Promise Neighborhoods, TRIO programs, and the Investing in Innovation (i3) fund.

Council for Opportunity in Education
This non-profit educational organization works to increase access to college-level education for minorities and low-income individuals.

The Lumina Foundation offers a wealth of policy and resources related to increasing access to and successful completion of post-secondary education in the U.S.

Non-profit Resources:

Donor’s Forum
Illinois-specific resources for nonprofits and on policy and upcoming events.

The Institute for Workforce Education at St. Augustine College provides bilingual vocational training and professional development for area workers and employers.

Policy Resources:

Pew Hispanic Center
Both the Pew Hispanic Center, and the larger Pew Research center, are treasure troves of reports and data of interest to Hispanics, Educators, and citizens with curious minds.

Brookings Institution
The Brookings Institution site has information and commentary on topics of current interest on the national and international levels.

Latino Policy Forum
Information on a number of issues of interest to Latinos and Latino-serving organizations.

Latino Caucus
This Illinois group is non-partisan and works to promote issues of interest to the Latino community in the state legislature.

IL Lieutenant Governor’s Page
Lieutenant Governor’s page has information on policy, legislation, and news relevant to the state of Illinois.

News links
The following sites are SAAB favorites for up-to-date information on education at the local, state, and national levels:
Catalyst Chicago
The Chicago Tribune
Chicago Sun-Times
The Huffington Post
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