Since 1961, ASPIRA of New York, the founding ASPIRA organization, has been dedicated to serving New York City youth and their families, providing opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them, and serving as an effective advocate, fighting to improve education in the Puerto Rican and Latino communities. In the 50 years since it was organized by a group of concerned community leaders led by Dr. Antonia Pantoja's 1996 Presidential Medal of Freedom Awardee- ASPIRA of New York has served thousands of New York City children, youth, parents, schools, and other community based agencies.
The Department of Youth & Community Development
The mission of ASPIRA of New York is to foster the social advancement of the Puerto Rican/Latino community by supporting its youth in the pursuit of educational excellence through leadership development activities and programs that emphasize commitment to the community and pride in the Puerto Rican/Latino culture.
ASPIRA's Summer Youth Employment Program is designed to: 1. Emphasize real-world labor expectations 2. Provide opportunities for career instruction, financial literacy training, academic improvement, and social growth
Summer Youth Employment Program
High School (9-12):