Empowering low-income, first-generation college students worldwide to reach their full potential.

On a Mission to Reach 1,000,000 Young Leaders Annually by 2027

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countries represented
young adults’ lives impacted
awarded for alumni-led community projects in 34 countries
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Aspire Leaders Program

Applications for the 2024 program now open! Apply Here

The Aspire Leaders Program welcomes low-income, first-generation college students and recent graduates around the world to participate in a free online immersive leadership journey including professional skills training, an exclusive course designed and delivered by Harvard faculty, and interactive seminars led by world-class educators.

After completion, Aspire Institute empowers alumni to continue their leadership development through seed funds, workshops, and a vibrant global network of peers and mentors.

Alumni Stories

Edith Lozano Perez ALP ‘22 Finds her “Seat At the Table” by Exploring Opportunities and Overcoming Doubts 

Aspire alumna gained a sense of belonging in her field after guidance from expert Boston bioengineers as part of her iGEM Design League contest grand prize.

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Global Partners

Alliance for Innovation Empowers Youth to Create Thriving Communities in Brazil

Aspire Institute partners with the Alliance for Innovation to ignite innovation and cultivate leadership among young leaders in the south of Brazil.

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Faculty and Mentor Spotlights

Bryan Penprase Fosters Global Citizenship and Compassion Among Young Leaders to Shape a Brighter Future 

Penprase shared his insights with participants of the 2024 Aspire Leaders Program during a masterclass on global citizenship and highlighted the pivotal role of wisdom, courage, and compassion in shaping a brighter future.

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