The ASPIRA Leadership Development curriculum places a high
priority on the use of a student-centered, participatory
project-oriented model. From its inception, the advice and
recommendations of its participants have played a critical role in
the development and creation of ASPIRA programs and activities.
The Miguel del Valle Youth Development Center holds monthly activities where participants can network, build positive relationships, and have fun while volunteering on a project, learning the latest dance, engaging in cultural exchanges and celebrations, exploring Chicago’s communities, and working on college applications and financial aid. Our youth members also participate in leadership development activities such as the Back to School Celebration and the Atrevete (Dare to) Youth Leadership Conference.
Pantoja, a social worker and researcher, after extensive research on youth, she developed an approach known as the ASPIRA Process and it remains the core of all ASPIRA activities.
Awareness: What do I know?
Analysis: What do I need to know?
Action: making it happen.
Our Goal is to provide on-going information, trainings, and workshops for parents on topics such as adolescent development, effective parenting, nutrition, financial management, community resources, etc.