ASPIRA of Florida Main Office

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Miami, FL 33126

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ASPIRA of Florida





Download ASPIRA By-Laws

1st Revised October 23, 1997
2nd Revised February 8, 2003

The principal office of the Corporation currently is located in Miami Dade County, State of Florida. The Corporation may also have offices at such other place as the Board of Directors may designate from time to time.


Facility Master Plan

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ASPIRA of Florida, Inc.

Facility Master Plan

ASPIRA of Florida, Inc., is a non-profit community based organization dedicated to promoting and fostering the social advancement among first generation college bound, economically disadvantaged and other youth.

ASPIRA’s roots are embedded in the Puerto Rican community and serves as an example of a multiethnic, inclusive process for youth empowerment.

Geographic and Facility Expansion: ASPIRA’s Business Plan

ASPIRA of Florida, Inc., continues to develop and promote educational reform through innovations in the development of charter schools, pre-college awareness programs, and prevention and intervention services. ASPIRA is now ready to introduce the next cycle of its business plan. In upcoming years, ASPIRA will pursue a strategic plan to meet the growing educational and developmental needs of youth.

ASPIRA of Florida, Inc., is seeking financing for three charter school facility construction programs in Miami-Dade County, Florida. This plan will increase ASPIRA’s capacity to serve an additional 900 middle school students yearly, raising enrollment to 1,800 students. Upon completing all construction phases, the three community education campuses will triple ASPIRA’s square footage to over 155,000 SF with nearly 6 acres of prime South Florida Miami-Dade County real estate.

ASPIRA is engaged in creating an educational environment that will produce positive outcomes by raising FCAT scores, improving student achievement, increasing school attendance, improving student behavior, and promoting parental involvement for our students and their families.

ASPIRA of Florida, Inc., is a non-profit and tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 corporation, associated with the ASPIRA Association, Inc., in Washington, D.C. and its other associates and affiliates. ASPIRA ® and the ASPIRA Logo El Pitirre are registered trademarks of the ASPIRA Association, Inc.

ASPIRA Goals and Organizational Objectives:

The goal of ASPIRA is to empower the Puerto Rican/Latino community through the education and leadership development of its youth. Central to this goal are five major organizational objectives designed to prepare our youth as the future leaders of our community.

  1. To increase the high school graduation rate among Puerto Rican, Latino and other minority youth.

  2. To increase the access to postsecondary education opportunities among low income, First Generation College bound Latinos and other minority youth.

  3. To develop the leadership potential of the youth and foster a commitment to dedicate their skills to the advancement of the community.

  4. To motivate, orient and assist the youth in their intellectual, personal and cultural development through educational advisement and other related services.

  5. To advocate for greater access to quality education and leadership opportunities and programs.

Youth Governance & Structure:

ASPIRA of Florida, Inc., uses an educational peer culture model known as the ASPIRA Club System. The ASPIRA staff throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties recruit youth at school sites or community neighborhoods to organize an ASPIRA Club.

Each ASPIRA Club meets weekly and operates under parliamentary procedures. The youth elect peer representatives as officers of the club. The officers of each club meet monthly to join and form the ASPIRA Club Federation (ACF).

ACF representatives participate in a statewide youth summit and comprise the ASPIRA Club Federation of Florida (ACFF).

The President and Vice President of the ACFF are members of the ASPIRA State Board of Directors. The ACFF President and the Chairperson of the State Board are Directors of the National Board of the ASPIRA Association, Inc., based in Washington DC.

The club members are referred to as Aspirantes and emerge from the ranks of the unmotivated and under-educated as well as academically talented.


ASPIRA of Florida, Inc.

Youth Leadership Development Charter Schools



13300 Memorial Highway, North Miami, Florida 33161
Enrollment: 600 Students
Grades 6 – 8
Projected Opening: August 18, 2008
Projected Cost: $7.5 Million
50,000 Square Feet
2.5 Acres

1 NE 19th Street, Miami, FL 33147
Enrollment: 400 Students
Purchase and Phase I:
Life Safety & Cafeteria
Cost – $6 Million
Phase II:
 Renovations Master Plan
New Enrollment: 600 Students
$1 Million – 58,000 Square Feet



ASPIRA of Florida, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization incorporated in the State of Florida on March 2, 1981. Donations are tax deductible, log-on to our Donations Page at top of web banner.


The mission of ASPIRA of Florida is to foster the social advancement of the Puerto Rican/Latino community by empowering its youth in the pursuit of educational excellence through leadership development programs that emphasize commitment to the community.


ASPIRA of Florida develops the leadership capacity of its youth by engaging them in weekly leadership club meetings guided by a curriculum designed to develop cultural and self awareness, as well as critical thinking and social skills. This is known as the ASPIRA Process of Leadership Development. ASPIRA of Florida provides youth with a variety of leadership development opportunities facilitated by its staff of young professionals who can relate to the needs of our youth, and provide educational services in a culturally competent and youth-focused manner.


The vision of ASPIRA of Florida is to "develop a better educated, more community conscious and committed youth". To achieve this vision ASPIRA will seek to establish programs to serve first generation college bound and economic disadvantaged Puerto Rican/Latino and other youth throughout the State of Florida. In pursuing this vision, ASPIRA of Florida has already established educational programs and institutions in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. ASPIRA envisions establishing a major presence in selected communities across the state, and in so doing, become the first choice of funders of youth programs in the State of Florida. This vision can only be made possible by our dedication to the population we serve and our commitment to excellence. ASPIRA of Florida pledges to deliver quality services to our youth in leadership and academic development. We strive each day to make this vision a reality.


ASPIRA divides all program operations into three general categories:

  • YLD Outreach - Youth Leadership Development Outreach is our flagship Dropout Prevention Program, utilizing the ASPIRA Club System to identify, recruit and deliver services.


2018 Board of Directors

Chairperson, Dr. Ruth Pacheco, Ph.D.

Vice-Chair Program and Planning, Fernando Asencio

Treasurer, Fernando J. Ortiz, CPA, MBA


At Large Members:

Miguel Montañez, PhD


Governing Board Meetings Announcements:

Next ASPIRA of Florida Governing Board Meeting
Date: Tuesday, February 26th, 2019.
Location: ASPIRA of Florida Corporate Office.
Time: 6:30 pm.

Governing Board Meeting Minutes