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Non-Profit Group ASPIRA Empowers Latinxs for Success

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ASPIRA (translating to aspire) is the largest Latinx non-profit in the United States. Founded in 1961, the organization was started by Dr. Antonia Pantoja and a group of Puerto Rican educators and professionals to help address the exceedingly high drop-out rate and low educational attainment of Puerto Rican youth. Fast forward almost 60 years later, ASPIRA is still going and is stronger than ever. Their focus? To promote and empowerment the Puerto Rican and Latinx community everywhere, by developing and nurturing the leadership, intellectual, and cultural potential of its youth so that they can eventually contribute those skills and dedication back into the community. Tinabeth PiƱa sits down with ASPIRA CEO Mark Gonzales to talk about the next generation of Latinx leaders.


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