September 5, 1991
If there was ever an organization that has made a difference in the lives of disadvantaged youth - motivating them to stay in school and get a college education - it is Aspira Inc. of Pennsylvania. We were thus surprised last week to learn that the federal Department of Education was preparing to eliminate its contribution to this useful program. Aspira, from the Spanish word for aspire, is a national organization with chapters in Washington, Camden, Philadelphia and Puerto Rico that provides bilingual counseling and educational programs for Latino students.
May 19, 1990 |
For the last two decades, it has worked to impress the importance of schooling on Latino and other minority youths, and last night Aspira Inc. of Pennsylvania basked in tributes from political and other leaders as it celebrated a milestone. "You've been out there in the trenches 20 long years, trying to rescue young people and pointing them in the right direction," Mayor Goode said in saluting the group. Then, alluding to drugs and the forces pulling young people out of school, he warned, "We are on the verge in this city and throughout the country of losing a whole generation of young people, and we have to redouble our efforts to make sure that every person who can be saved, is saved.
June 23, 1988 |
Today is the last day at Olney High for Brenda Torres, 18, and she's bursting with plans and self-confidence. She's going to major in business administration at Community College - first in her family to go beyond high school - and open a travel agency some day. "I can do mostly anything I set my mind to," she says. Not every girl from Hunting Park is launched into adulthood full of hopes and dreams. Brenda's optimism stems in part from her involvement with ASPIRA, an organization dedicated to developing leadership among low-income Hispanic youth.
June 7, 2016
YOUR RECENT editorial, " Charter Schools Office rightly exercising its power ," (May 23) demands a response in the interests of fairness. ASPIRA acknowledges the legitimate concerns of the School Reform Commission and the Charter Schools Office in taking all necessary steps to ensure renewed confidence in ASPIRA's business model and practices going forward. But these concerns have no bearing on ASPIRA's success in educating our community's students. Ours is a record of outstanding achievement.
August 29, 1991 |
The head of Aspira Inc. of Philadelphia, a Latino educational organization, says the federal government has not renewed a $250,000 grant used to provide academic counseling for Latino high school students, and as a result, the 18- year-old organization will lay off one-third of its staff in the next two weeks. "It's going to be sad here," said Emanuel Ortiz, Aspira's executive director. "It's going to have a ripple effect in terms of our overall organization. " Ortiz said he expected to receive official word from the U.S. Department of Education in the next few days and that he planned to appeal the decision.
April 13, 2002 |
A Latino educational organization that applied to manage 24 city schools said yesterday that the Philadelphia School Reform Commission had not followed its own rules for selecting outside education managers. Leaders of Aspira Inc., which was among 10 finalists for managing schools, said the commission named six providers Wednesday even though finalists had been told that yesterday was the deadline for responding to commission questions. "We don't understand this process," Alfredo Calderon, Aspira's executive director, said yesterday.
September 15, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney has quietly removed a charter-school executive from the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations after a report that his company paid a six-figure settlement to a female coworker who had accused him of sexual harassment and retaliation. Kenney spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said the mayor notified Alfredo Calderon, president and CEO of ASPIRA of Pennsylvania, that he was being replaced Thursday, a day after Fox29 reported on the $350,000 settlement that the charter operator's insurance company paid Evelyn Nunez, ASPIRA's former chief academic officer.
September 10, 1991 |
Aspira of Pennsylvania Inc., a Latino educational organization facing federal cutbacks, is fighting back. Aspira supporters plan to demonstrate today at the regional offices of the U.S. Department of Education at 35th and Market streets to protest the decision not to renew a $250,000 grant for Aspira's popular high school counseling program. Funding ended Aug. 31. The grant made up about one-fourth of Aspira's annual budget, said Aspira's executive director, Emanuel Oritz.
June 24, 1990 |
A GROUP OF WOMEN listens during "Las Mujeres Hablan," or "Women Speak," at Aspira, on North Sixth Street, that addressed issues affecting women. Topics at the gathering yesterday included AIDS, drugs, domestic violence and health and reproductive rights.
September 2, 1991 |
Twelve years ago, Michael Melendez was a freshman at Roman Catholic High School, a 15-year-old from Northern Liberties with limited ambitions and few dreams. "I wanted to just go to school for 12 years and then get a job somewhere," Melendez said last week. "I didn't want to go to college. I didn't think it was for me. " Then Melendez got into Talent Search, a federally funded program run by Aspira Inc. of Pennsylvania, a nonprofit agency working to educate Latino youths. Today, he has an associate's degree from Community College of Philadelphia and is 49 credits away from a business administration degree at Temple University.