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ASPIRA of New York

  • ASPIRA of New York
  • 15 West 36th Street
    15th Floor
  • New York, NY 10018
  • 1961
  • Jaslyn Rojas
  • Coordinator of College and Career Advisement

Program Description

Since 1961, ASPIRA of New York, the founding ASPIRA organization, has been dedicated to serving New York City youth and their families, providing opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them, and serving as an effective advocate, fighting to improve education in the Puerto Rican and Latino communities. In the 50 years since it was organized by a group of concerned community leaders led by Dr. Antonia Pantoja - a 1996 Presidential Medal of Freedom Awardee- ASPIRA of New York has served thousands of New York City children, youth, parents, schools, and other community based agencies, establishing a record of providing high quality, comprehensive programs and services.

Our mission is to foster the social advancement of the Puerto Rican/Latino community by supporting its youth in the pursuit of educational excellence through leadership development activities and programs that emphasize commitment to the community and pride in the Puerto Rican/Latino culture.

ASPIRA's College Access program is designed to provide students the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education and to enter and succeed in a program of postsecondary education.

The ASPIRA College Access Academic Rigor model is built on the elements of the most effective, research-tested college preparatory programs which offer: strong school-community partnerships, leadership opportunities and a rich and varied curriculum that offers students multiple ways to master core skills and knowledge.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • Community service/service hours
  • Leadership development


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 400
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Less than 25%