ASPIRA has a long tradition of advocacy in the Puerto Rican and Hispanic community dating from the inception of the organization in 1961. It has been through strong and concerted advocacy activity that ASPIRA has promoted changes in public policies to benefit our youth and communities. As an organization dedicated exclusively to education, its advocacy and policy initiatives have focused mainly on education and issues that affect our youth.
Many of the issues that ASPIRA deals with go beyond strictly education. They all, however, do have to do with the well-being of Latino youth and hence, their education. Health, telecommunications, voting rights, and immigration are some of the issues that come to mind that may not seem to be related to youth success, but certainly are. Moreover, given ASPIRA’s position within the leadership of Hispanic national organizations in the country, it is important that ASPIRA take a stance on these issues as well.