ASPIRE is the first organization nationally to use cross-generational and female-based mentoring and networking to achieve our mission to empower AA girls. ASPIRE’s signature programs include:
Asian American Women In Leadership (AAWIL) conference –Since 2004, the AAWIL Conference attracts more than 150 AA women nationwide from various backgrounds and professions to explore and celebrate the multi-faceted aspects of leadership. Attendees are female AA high school, college and graduate students and professionals from Boston and northeastern U.S. regions.
Youth Leadership Program (YLP) – A leadership program specifically tailored to the cultural and developmental needs of underserved AA high school girls with challenging personal or family situations and/or economic backgrounds. YLP participants receive customized training to develop leadership skills and personal growth. YLP participants also engage in hands-on leadership experiences by participating in the development and management of ASPIRE community programs such as the AAWIL Conference, and work with local community organizations such as the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center. As Community Ambassadors, they promote awareness of ASPIRE programs in their schools and communities.
ASPIRE's Asian American Women's Scholarship Fund – With financial support from the Gund Kwok Asian Women Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe, ASPIRE launched the Asian American Women's Scholarship Fund in 2011. The goal of the scholarship is to support outstanding and community-oriented Asian American young women in her pursuit of higher education. This scholarship will be awarded to two Asian American young women entering their first years in a two or four year accredited post-secondary institution in the amount of $1,000. The awardees should demonstrate strong leadership skills and the ability to make a meaningful impact in the Asian American community. For questions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE: Thursday, March 15th, 2013
ASPIRE's Speaker Series - The Speaker Series, a free lecture series, explores topics impacting Asian American girls and women, and gives exposure to Asian American women leaders. It promotes candid conversations, encourages networking, and fosters mentoring relationships among Asian American women. Since September 2010, ASPIRE has held eight Speaker Series panels on such topics as women in politics, entrepreneurship, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, mental health, and work/life balance, and attracted 40 to 60 attendees on average. The Speaker Series is catered toward Asian American women who are high school students, college students, graduate students, and working professionals.
ASPIRE@Work - ASPIRE@Work is a professional development workshop program. Guided by industry experts in an interactive setting with 10 to 15 participants, ASPIRE@Work provides an opportunity to develop essential skills and tools to achieve professional success. ASPIRE has introduced this program in 2012 and held two workshops in the first year. ASPIRE@Work is catered toward Asian American women who are working professionals.