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ASPIRA of Illinois – Leadership Through Education

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COVID-19 brought hardship on many our ASPIRANTES and their families. Join me in helping ASPIRA reach their goal of $5,000 to continue providing students and families with the support they need during COVID-19. Thank you!


ASPIRA has a rich history of wakening our youths’ potential to achieve goals they didn’t believe they could attain. Since 1968 ASPIRA has worked to instill, in our youth, the desire to further their education and use their knowledge to make positive and lasting contributions in their community; because we believe youth are essential to the socio-economic development of their communities

Today, thousands of leaders in the business sector, government, community and various professions credit ASPIRA for helping pave their way to success and will tell you, “Once an Aspirante always an Aspirante!”

Your donation will make an incredible difference in the lives of our youth and their families. Here’s how:

  • $25 ensures one student their diploma, cap and gown for their graduation ceremony.
  • $50 covers a week’s worth of healthy snacks for youth participants at the Miguel del Valle Youth Development Center.
  • $100 covers two college application fees (that cannot be waived) for a first-generation college student.
  • $250 covers school fees for 5 high school students whose family is unable to pay.
  • $500 covers school fees for 10 high school students in families unable to afford them
  • $1,000 guarantees a student a spot for ASPIRA Haugan Middle School’s annual trip to Washington, D.C. For many of our youth this will be their first time out of their own community and their first time out-of-state.

Click here to make an online donation to ASPIRA!

All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law as charitable contributions. ASPIRA of Illinois is a 501(c) 3.


ASPIRA was founded in the spirit of community service. Our volunteers play a critical role in carrying out ASPIRA’s mission by supporting our staff and making a lasting impact on our ASPIRANTES. The commitment of their time and enthusiasm inspires our students and participants to continue on their educational and career paths.

Volunteers will also gain valuable experience working in a non-profit/school setting, as well as develop their leadership skills while working with youth and community members.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • At least 17 years of age
  • Multilingual a plus (English, Spanish, Polish, etc.)
  • Previous experience in program of interest a plus
  • 3-6 month commitment
  • Passion and desire to contribute to ASPIRA’s mission

Please reach out to us at 773-252-0970 for more information or send us an email!