Transforming the lives of first-generation college students around the world.

Cycle 2 Applications Open April 18, 2022

Aspire Institute’s mission is to transform the lives of low-income, first-generation college students around the world, at scale, through a fully funded leadership development program that enables them to make a positive impact in all aspects of human endeavor.

We provide an array of leadership development and educational resources delivered by Harvard and world-class faculty. 

Personal and professional development opportunities include self-assessment tools and live seminars on a variety of topics, from human rights to architecture to medicine. Career development opportunities include support with your LinkedIn profile, resume, and more as well as mentorship by Harvard Business School alumni and seasoned professionals.

Aspire Institute supports youth around the world in defining their academic and professional futures, fostering success through locally harnessed aspirational narratives.

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The Crossroads program was truly a life-changing experience for me. I had the opportunity to meet and network with professors, mentors, and students with unique experiences from across the world. The program provided me an exceptional opportunity to explore different career options. It also gave me the perfect platform to express my ideas and learn more about different countries and cultures.

Syria (CELP 2018 Alumnus)

I loved the inclusivity achieved by the program. Everyone was given a chance to contribute and be heard. It really opens up your mind to think through different perspectives.

Kenya (CELP 2020 Alumnus)



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