As we reflect on the past year, we are incredibly grateful for the work we were able to do together. Let’s recap 2021 with highlights from this past year:
In April, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans for Summer Rising a new initiative that seemingly combined summer school and summer camp -- as a means to further help children deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in their schooling.
In June, ASPIRA school leaders and educators offered robust programming, hands-on activities, parent engagement, and provided resources and support such as food security, school supplies, and health services throughout the summer to help students and families adapt to the evolving changes in daily life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In July, our Beacon program was honored to partner with the Department of Youth and Community Development to offer Saturday Night Lights, as part of the ongoing efforts to decrease youth violence.
October was all things Lights On Afterschool and on October 28th, we joined thousands in celebrating and rallying for after-school programs.
In November, our Leadership & College Access Program kicked off its first Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute.
As a youth development and educational organization, we will practice continuous improvement and new strategic plans to offer quality programs.
We look forward to an exciting new year, happy holidays from everyone at ASPIRA!