Youth Development Programs (Grades 6-12)
Talent Search (in-school)
ASPIRA of PA’s federally funded TRIO Educational Talent Search college preparation program helps students and their families explore post-secondary educational options, prepare for college (including SAT-preparation workshops), and find funding to support their post-secondary aspirations. This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
SOL Afterschool Program (Shaping Outstanding Learners)
ASPIRA of PA’s new Learning Center launched in September 2010 to provide more intensive support to middle and high school youth and their families. The program offers an amalgam of services for the youth, including academic support, 21st century skill-based enrichment programs, physical fitness, and character development activities. Parents of youth in the program are offered free courses in GED preparation, computer basics, English language support, and parenting skills. This program is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
These 5-12th grade in-school and afterschool character development activities help enhance the leadership abilities of youth by providing leadership training, cultural enrichment activities, and community action projects that teach students how to become effective leaders of their communities. The initiative began in 1961 as the Hallmark program of the national ASPIRA Association and currently serves 8 schools in Philadelphia through internal funding by ASPIRA of PA.
Community Technology Center
The Community Technology Center is a new initiative funded by NASA, PECO, and Comcast as part of the nationwide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) model for development. CTC provides students and community members with access to a computer lab and other advanced equipment to increase computer literacy and open new doors through technology within our community.
ASPIRA of PA helps high school students explore careers and develop 21st century skills necessary for success in a global society through a summer program that places 220 students in work experiences and internships in Philadelphia’s public and private sectors. Upon successful completion of the summer experience, youth in the School District of Philadelphia are eligible to receive a credit toward high school graduation. ASPIRA of PA summer experience projects won 1st place in 2010 and 2nd place in 2011 in their respective categories during the city-wide WorkReady Summer Expo. This program is funded by the Philadelphia Youth Network.