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ASPIRA of Florida Featured in Comcast Newsmakers Live

ASPIRA of Florida's President/CEO, George Cabrera, shares his thoughts on the digital divide that still affects our communities and how to bridge it by providing free internet access at home to all our students and their families.

Ford Driving Dreams Tour Announces Contest Winners

FordDrivingDreams ScholarshipGroup JoeAvilaFord Motor Company Fund and four Miami-area high schools have launched online voting for the "What Drives Your Dream" contest, which is part of the Ford Driving Dreams Tour. The grand prize winner, determined by public vote, will receive a $5,000 scholarship and $4,000 grant for a school program of his or her choice.

"The Ford Driving Dreams Tour is giving our students a wealth of resources to motivate them to successfully complete high school on time and move on to college," said Alberto Carvalho, superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools. "We are so proud of our students for sharing their essays about their future dreams and goals, and we congratulate our four finalists."

The 20 essay winners were honored by Ford Fund and the four participating high schools at a community luncheon held Feb. 21 at Miami Dade College.

More than 1,000 high school students wrote essays describing what drives their dreams. The contest incentivizes students to visualize a successful future, with the essay serving as an initial step toward achieving their goals. The essays were evaluated by an external panel of educators and community leaders. The essay winners and their respective schools are:

• Liurys AlvareFordDrivingDreams ScholarshipGroup MDCz, Kay Edwards, Demetrius Jackson, Michelle Lawrence, Cecilia Morales – Booker T. Washington Senior High School
• Jorge Caraballo, Jessica Hernandez, Rey Hernandez, Nicole Johnson, David Santos – Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School
• Sabrina Brutus, Vanzell Dupont, Tiarrah Ingles, Pedro Padrón, Jessica Rodriguez – Miami Jackson Senior High School
• Tran La, Fabuola Pierre, Dianelys Requena, Yulonda Richards, Abiel Rojas – Miami Senior High School

"Education has been a top priority for Ford Fund since its start more than 60 years ago," said Joe Avila, community outreach manager, Ford Motor Company Fund. "With the Ford Driving Dreams Tour, we go further with local groups to positively impact the lives of thousands of students."

Cuban American Council, ASPIRA of Florida and Miami-Dade County Public Schools are working with Ford Fund on the program.

The voting period for the online video portion of the contest can be done here and is open through March 21. Members of the public can vote after registering online or logging in using Facebook. Individuals can vote once per day.

Students from the four high schools also can apply for a Ford scholarship at Congresssional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc. (CHCI). The deadline to apply is April 16.

The Ford Driving Dreams Tour provides scholarships, motivational student assemFordDrivingDreams ScholarshipGroup Principalsblies, leadership and academic support, and an innovative contest to motivate students to graduate from high school on time and enroll in college.

Launched in 2012, the program targets schools with significant Latino student populations. It has visited 15 high schools in Florida and Texas, reaching nearly 25,000 students. For more information on the Ford Driving Dreams Tour and the "What Drives Your Dream" contest, click here.

ASPIRA Ceremoniously Breaks Ground!

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ASPIRA ceremoniously began to break ground for the construction of its new ASPIRA Arts DE/CO Charter School building on Wednesday, February 12. Attendees gathered together on a beautiful Miami morning in the heart of the Wynwood District to celebrate the actualization of the long awaited project.

"This is a day filled with many emotions," said George Cabrera, ASPIRA's President/CEO. "We are seeing a dream finally come true," he explained.

EMH-Groundbreaking-GuestsThe Groundbreaking Ceremony featured guest speakers such as City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, Ronald Blackburn, President of the ASPIRA National Association, Manuel Orosa, City of Miami Chief of Police, as well as representatives from the offices of Commissioner Audrey Edmonson and Senator Marco Rubio.

In the audience were many community leaders and supporters of ASPIRA who have contributed to its success for over 30 years.

Special tribute was paid to one such devotee, the late Dr. Alicia Baró, who was one of the original founders of ASPIRA of Florida in 1981. Dr. Baró dedicated her life to the fight for social justice and the political and educational equality for all minorities. In order to preserve her legacy, the ceremony included the unveiling of a street sign, named Dr. Alicia Baró Way in her honor, to be placed at North Miami Avenue and NW 34th Street.

EMH-Groundbreaking-BaroStreetSignThe event was a celebration of the organization's future and the honoring of Alicia Baró, a woman whose past paved the road for institutions, such as ASPIRA, that share her mission and vision.

"The beginning of construction on our new building is the fulfillment of our longstanding promise and commitment to the Wynwood community to always be an educational beacon for youth and families," said George Cabrera, President/CEO of ASPIRA of Florida. "We're excited to see our plans come to life and give our students the best possible academic resources, a cause for which Alicia Baró was a great advocate," Cabrera added.

The ASPIRA Eugenio Maria De Hostos Charter School building is tentatively set to be completed by 2015 and will boast a new, modern look, as well as an educational program focused on technology, communications, arts and media. In addition, the school building will be home to a new City of Miami Police Net Office, offering students, parents and the community safety and security.

"It was ASPIRA that taught me the correct path to follow in life," said ASPIRA Board Chair, Edward Hernandez, when sharing the impact ASPIRA had on his own life years ago.

"This is what we hope to offer our students, a future," he added.

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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