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The mission of Desire to Aspire is to enrich the lives of underprivileged and minority girls and women. We instill in young ladies the importance of higher education, sisterhood, etiquette, culture and service -- all while building self-esteem and character. We teach young ladies good decision-making skills in order to avoid high-risk behaviors such as drugs, alcohol and violence. We also provide educational services and resources for women to ensure that they lead successful careers and healthy lives, socially, emotionally, and physically.
What does Desire to Aspire Curriculum teach youth?
Our developmental curriculum focuses on 6 pillars and 5 skills that we believe are essential to learn as a young lady. We are working on building a curriculum contains 30 weeks worth of instruction, tailored for the youths grade and developmental level. Our pillars are Higher Education, Sisterhood, Etiquette & Culture, Service & Leadership, Self-Esteem & Character, Positive Decision-Making. Our skills are Emotion Identification & Regulation, Effective Communication, Problem-Solving, Distress Tolerance.
Where Desire to Aspire is going?
Desire to Aspire plans on continuing to expand nationwide. We are currently working on expansion efforts with University of Illinois-Chicago. In addition to our growth in the youth mentoring sector, Desire to Aspire feels that it is also important to work with women, as they are often the foundation of the family and young girls we serve. We feel that to truly build strong girls, we must make sure that their natural role models (i.e. mothers, aunts, grandmothers) have all of the necessary resources to flourish and be great examples. We are working on pairing women with mentors, as well and creating a curriculum that will provide women with necessary skills, resources, and support to flourish no matter what stage of life.
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