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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's "Swing Like The Pros" Golf Tournament

ASPIRA of Swing Like thepros-Tall-webFlorida Inc., Palm Beach Division, and its Local Advisory Council would like to invite you to its first annual "Swing Like The Pros" Golf Tournament to be held on June 20, 2014 at Atlantis Country Club.

Proceeds raised will go to benefit the ASPIRA scholarship fund, helping to empower youth in the pursuit of educational excellence through leadership development programs that emphasize a commitment to the community.

With sponsorships, the golf classic, tee signs, copter drop and silent auction, we're aiming to raise a significant amount of money for this great cause. This can only be accomplished with your generous help. We ask you to join us as a contributor, either by being a sponsor or donating an item for our silent auction. All donations are welcome!

Click here to access the registration and sponsorship package!

For information on the "Swing Like The Pros" Golf Tournament contact Jorge Goyanes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

New Year, New Look: ASPIRA of Florida Launches New Website

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NewWebsiteWith a new year comes many exciting changes. For ASPIRA, 2014 brings the launch of a newly redesigned website with a fresh look and user-friendly navigation, updated with the latest information about our students, community and services.

Our website's modern look, accessible navigation and simplified search functionality are some of the features you will enjoy. The new site has several easy to use drop-down menus with up-to-date information, allowing users to quickly find the contents thanks to the use of new techniques.

As with all modern websites, this one is best viewed with a modern browser such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Internet Explorer 11. If you’re using an older version of Internet Explorer, and for some reason, can’t or don’t want to update it, you should install Google’s Chrome Frame Plug-in, which will bring your browser up to speed and allow you to view the site as intended.  This is a free plug-in and it can be obtained here.

We hope that you will enjoy browsing our new website, finding more options and information each time, and that it will be yet another tool for strengthening our communication with our youth, their families and the community.

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