ASPIRE is a Boston-based non-profit organization dedicated to developing career and leadership skills for Asian American girls and women. Our organization acknowledges the specific social and cultural pressures faced by Asian American high school, college, and professional women and seeks to engage and educate Asian American girls and women to become effective life-long leaders.
This mission was developed based on the understanding that the AA community faces stereotypes of being a “model minority”– an ethnic group that has already achieved success and needs little support. As a result of this status, AA girls often lack mentors and public role models. AA girls and women ages 15-24 have the highest rate of suicide amongst Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics 1. Furthermore, due to cultural and societal pressures, AA girls are frequently pigeonholed into traditional careers before exploring all options. We created ASPIRE to address these issues.
Since its formation, ASPIRE has served over 500 AA high school and college girls and engaged over 150 AA women as volunteers. As the first and only career and leadership development program focused on the unique developmental needs of girls in Boston's growing and diverse Asian communities, ASPIRE is filling a gap in the service delivery continuum for disadvantaged youth.
Who's ASPIRE for?
ASPIRE aims to mentor and serve Boston-area high school and college Asian American young women who seek to:
- Better navigate the lifetime of opportunities and career choices ahead
- Make the most of their academic and extracurricular college experiences
- Learn from their Asian American sisters' accomplishments and insights
Why did we form ASPIRE?
In addition to a general need for more public role models, female Asian American students welcome the opportunity to benefit from the wisdom and advice of experienced women who relate to many of the same issues that these young women face. In 2001, a group of Boston-area Asian American women created a forum where their younger sisters could look for inspiration.
Who's behind ASPIRE and how can I get involved?
ASPIRE is run by a network of professional Asian American women. If you would like to learn more about opportunities to participate in ASPIRE, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 Monthly Vital Statistics Report. Center for Disease Control and Prevention/National Center for Health Statistics, Vol. 46, No. 1, Aug. 1997.