ASPIRE (Achieving Success through Parental Involvement, Reading and Education) breaks the cycle of illiteracy and poverty within families by providing comprehensive, integrated literacy services for the entire family.
ASPIRE families have children 0-7 years old, parents in need of ESL and/or GED classes, and live in southeast Austin. Services are provided at our location behind Travis High School, as well as during monthly home visits. ASPIRE serves approximately 100 families per year.
· Evidence-based parenting classes
· Early childhood education
· Adult education (ESL, GED, Computers)
· “Parent As Teachers” home visits
· Intergenerational literacy activities
· Placing parent volunteers in classrooms
The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics named two Communities In Schools of Central Texas programs as Bright Spots in Hispanic Education on September 15, 2015 —ASPIRE Family Literacy and the XY-Zone. Read more.
ASPIRE raises literacy levels of adults and children while increasing parents’ ability and confidence in supporting their children’s literacy needs at home and in school. School district performance data indicate that ASPIRE children academically outperform their peers even years after having left the program. Click here for additional information.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS:
“I feel privileged to be a part of this program, and almost all of my goals have been accomplished. In the course of the year I’ve learned many things, for example the importance of reading to my children… In the ASPIRE program, I’m inspired to excel and to believe in myself. I have what it takes; I only need the right tools, and it seems I have found them.” Maria Tello, ASPIRE parent, GED earner
Rob Patton, Senior Program Coordinator
ASPIRE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
· Early Childhood Classroom Assistant
· Children’s Recreation Activity Leader – Summer Only
Kristin Walker, Volunteer Coordinator
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS:
The ASPIRE Family Literacy program is supported by Austin Community College, The City Of Austin, Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation, Travis County, and United Way for Greater Austin.