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2nd Annual FirstBank Golf Classic

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Made possible through sponsorship from FirstBank Florida, all proceeds from our annual charity golf tournament will go to benefit ASPIRA of Florida, Inc. and the community youth at large.

We have shared a link below including further details and have outlined the various sponsorship levels. We welcome your consideration of any or all of these requests. As you can see, we are well on our way but still need your help; so please join FirstBank Florida and ASPIRA of Florida, Inc. in helping our future leaders get a head start in life.

Click here to find out how you can get involved. We look forward to your sponsorship!

ASPIRA of Florida and AVANCE Celebrate First Graduating Class

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The room was filled with first time graduates, parent and child alike.

AVANCE and ASPIRA of Florida staff gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the Parent-Child Education Program participants. The graduation was held at ASPIRA's South Leadership Charter School and featured a presentation ceremony awarding mothers and their young children the very first diploma either has ever received.

"It was such an honor to be an attendee at the graduation, seeing the confidence and happiness in the parent and child graduates left me speechless," said Jennifer Flores, EHS Director/Training Specialist, AVANCE, Inc.

This milestone marked the completion of a nine month program dedicated to early childhood development and parent education. For the mothers of these children who never graduated from high school or college, receiving this diploma alongside their child was a poignant moment. Sharing this "first" together fostered a deep sense of accomplishment and pride.

The Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP) is a collaborative effort by ASPIRA and AVANCE, Inc., a San Antonio based nonprofit organization, to strengthening families in at-risk communities through effective parent education and support programs.

"I am so grateful to have been involved in a program that has given me and my child a great first step in the right direction," said Narcheli Casanova.

Targeting the hardest to reach families, the nine-month PCEP consists of weekly parent education classes, instructional toy making, home visits, and also includes an early childhood education component. The goal of the program is to empower families to break the cycle of poverty by fostering parenting knowledge and skills that directly impact children's development, while also providing the early education necessary for children's long-term academic and personal success. In addition, the PCEP encourages parents to achieve their own educational and professional goals, which leads to financial independence and personal growth.

"When a parent is proactive and is given support in helping their children become prepared and engaged students, families are strengthened," explained George Cabrera, President and CEO of ASPIRA of Florida, Inc.

Both ASPIRA and AVANCE are working towards a future where all children and parents are given access to the tools needed to develop to their full potential, transforming the communities in which they live. Through this program and partnership, communities in Florida will be offered another valuable resource to assist them in achieving their goals.Avance Award-WebHL

"We are honored to be partnering with such a progressive and energetic organization, such as ASPIRA of Florida. The first group of graduates is a strong testament to the commitment ASPIRA has toward the families they serve. We look forward to many more successes and collaboration opportunities as together we continue to Unlock America's Potential, one family at a time," said Magdalena Santos, AVANCE's Project Director.

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ASPIRA of Florida and the U.S. Army Partner to Bring Education to Military Families

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On Tuesday, May 21, ASPIRA of Florida formalized a newfound partnership with the U.S. Army to give back to those who serve our country.

armymou signing-WebHLThis collaboration will give the children of military parents priority at our ASPIRA schools. Data indicates that there are over 175,000 secondary school aged children of military personnel who, on average, transition to new locations at least twice during their high school years and need assistance acclimating to the community.
 
ASPIRA of Florida is privileged to provide the children of service men and women with the guarantee that they will receive exceptional educational opportunities and a strong support system.

In addition to the traditional academic services, ASPIRA of Florida will also develop procedures to help military children transition into our community, foster access to extracurricular activities and provide guidance and counseling services.

"It is a great honor to be considered a partnerarmymou handshake-WebHL of the U.S. Army and I am very excited to be able to give something back to the men and women who sacrifice so much for us every day," said George Cabrera, ASPIRA of Florida's President / CEO, who attended the event along Garrick Keidan, Principal of ASPIRA South Charter School.

This unique venture was made official during a ceremonial announcement at the U.S. Army Garrison base with the signing of a memorandum of understanding.

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Annual "Young Muchachos and Muchachas Conference"

MuchachosConf-2013 hands-WebHLIt was the first day of Spring Break and the young students in attendance decided to forgo the usual vacation activities for a unique educational experience.

ASPIRA's annual "Young Muchachos and Muchachas Conference", held at Broward College's South Campus on Friday, March 22, featured a variety of guest speakers who shared their experience and insight regarding the social, economic, and cultural issues youth face today.

The overall purpose of the event was to provide students with the knowledge necessary to emerge as the leaders of tomorrow with the belief that given the right tools and opportunities, anyone can learn to recognize and utilize their own potential.

More than 100 students representing middle and high schools throughout Miami-Dade and Broward Counties attendMuchachosConf-2013 writinged the all-day event.

The students were divided into gender specific groups and received personalized attention as they discussed the effects of bullying, finance management, substance abuse prevention, HIV/AIDS awareness, self-esteem and its relation to the dangers of human trafficking, college preparedness and acceptance of cultural diversity.

Among the distinguished guests and represented community organizations were Dr. Jose Macias, Assistant Dean of English Department, Broward College, Eduardo Santiago, Senior Accountant, Carnival Cruise Lines, Lieutenant Rafael Lopez, Broward Sheriff's Office, Maria Clara Rodriguez, Kristi House, Mary Rivera-Jean, Program Specialist, DFYIT, Karen Creary and Samantha Kuryla, Children's Diagnostic and Treatment Center, and April Bell, Director of Online College Planning, College Board.

One of the most impactful moments came when Karen Creary and Samantha Kuryla spoke to the teenage girls about the realities of HIV and AIDS. The lecture was blunt, riveting and very real. Together they dispelled the misconceptions concerning the disease and educated the girls about how it can be contracted and spread. Kuryla put a face to the disease, her own, and emphasized the message that just one decision can alter your life forever. Having contracted the disease from her former husband 14 year ago, she shattered stereotypes and reached the students with an unforgettable, eye-opening message.

The speakers were given 45 minute time periods to address each group of students and share their message. Although the topics varied, the theme was the same: how to prepare for the future and avoid the obstacles that stand in the way of success.

"What do you love most about your job? What do I need to study to pursue a career like yours? What is the best piece of advice you can give us?"

MuchachosConf-2013 panelThe day closed with a leadership career carousel featuring a 'question and answer' session which allowed the guest speaker panel to answer questions like these from the students.

Having had the opportunity to truly experience the meaning of leadership through education, the students left the conference equipped with the most powerful tool of all, knowledge.

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