News / July 28, 2023

Aspire Global Partner: Soul Bilíngue and Aspire Institute Join Forces to Boost the Development of Brazilian Youth

Through their partnership, Soul Bilíngue and Aspire Institute aim to offer a more comprehensive development pathway to underserved youth in Brazil.

News / July 28, 2023

Alumni Spotlight: Andrew Marvin Kanyike ALP ‘22 Tackles Community Health Problems in Uganda

A Community Action Award winner aims to make great strides in Ugandan healthcare. Through his community health plan for early hypertension detection and treatment, he hopes people seek care sooner and put less stress on the healthcare system.

News / May 25, 2023

Faculty Spotlight: Professor Sanyal Encourages Reflection Among Youth and Aspire Leaders Program Participants

Dr. Sanyal believes that youth are a key element to making cities better. He emphasizes the importance of motivating youth to help them achieve their goals and prepare them to lead change.

News / August 25, 2023

Aspire’s Global Partners Share Ideas and Inspiration to Support Young Leaders

Aspire Institute brought our global collaborators together to foster connections and brainstorm solutions to support first-generation students.

News / August 25, 2023

Faculty Spotlight: David Sanderson Listens to Local Voices to Make an Impact

David Sanderson emphasizes the importance of listening to local voices to make an impact in communities around the world.

News / August 25, 2023

Alumni Spotlight: Barsha Tamang and Anisha Prajapati ALP ‘22 Establish Support Systems for First-Generation Youth in Nepal

Aspire alumni work to address the hardships faced by first-generation youth, young girls, and students striving to learn English in Nepal through their nonprofit organization, Lokopakar.

News / July 28, 2023

Mentor Spotlight: Jonathan Kempner Inspires Alumni to Broaden Their Horizons

During his Career Week session, Jonathan Kempner encouraged Aspire alumni to live a life full of integrity, exploration, and hard work to broaden their horizons.

News / June 30, 2023

Alumni Spotlight: Alumni Spotlight: Alejandro Ortiz ALP ‘22 Forges Beyond Adversity 

The challenges that Alejandro Ortiz and his loved ones have endured in Bogotá, Colombia influenced his work in fighting gender violence towards women.

News / June 30, 2023

Aspire Global Partner: Universidad Mayor Drives Innovation Through International Exchange

Universidad Mayor, an Aspire global partner university based in Chile, aims to provide international experiences to open the minds of youth and help them reach their full potential.

News / June 30, 2023

Mentor Spotlight: Sangeeta Gupta Speaks On the Importance of Diversity in the Workplace

Sangeeta Gupta shared her story as a woman in STEM with Aspire alumni. She has dedicated her life to making the technology industry an inclusive place for everyone and felt inspired by the alumni as they all shared honestly about the importance of diversity.

News / May 25, 2023

Alumni Spotlight: Ally Li ALP ‘22 Seizes Opportunities as a First-Generation College Student

Ally Li is a Business Administration and Management student at Boston University's Questrom School of Business. In a meeting with Aspire Institute's Team, she described how her background and experiences as the daughter of Chinese immigrants and a first-in-family college student have driven her to pursue valuable opportunities.

News / May 25, 2023

Aspire Global Partner: Nepal Leadership Academy Builds Capacity Among Young Change Agents

The Nepal Leadership Academy, a non-profit based in Lalitpur, and Aspire Institute collaborate to provide leadership development opportunities for youth in Nepal and around the world.

News / April 28, 2023

Aspire Institute Establishes a Presence in São Paulo, Brazil

Aspire Institute officially launched a Foundry in Brazil on April 3, 2023 in partnership with Insper. During the month of April we hosted multiple alumni events and information sessions.

News / April 28, 2023

Aspire Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Michael Vortmann Believes Young, Passionate Leaders Can Make a Difference in Healthcare Around the World

Dr. Vortmann has worked with diverse communities in nations around the globe and led a faculty seminar for the Aspire Leaders Program on basic emergency medicine skills everyone should know.

News / April 28, 2023

Aspire Global Partner: Crown Prince Foundation Shapes Young Change Makers in Jordan

Aspire Institute and CPF join together to enhance opportunities for youth in Jordan and around the world to discover their potential.

News / April 28, 2023

Alumni Spotlight: Akbar Kurniawan ALP ‘22 Expands His Worldview and Seeks to Reduce Inequalities in Indonesia

Kurniawan, a recent college graduate and 2022 Aspire Community Action Award (CAA) winner, seeks opportunities for global exposure and community impact. His initiative, The Mula Sasmita Project, provides sign language training to the entire community to support the Deaf community.

News / March 30, 2023

Alumni Spotlight: Diana Citlali Avila Padilla ALP ‘22 Paves The Way for Women in STEAM

Diana Avila, alumna from Mexico, already co-founded a nonprofit and now won a Community Action Award for her initiative, SisterSTEAM. She aims to provide a community for women in STEAM to support each other’s goals and wellbeing through this initiative.

News / March 30, 2023

Aspire Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Despina Sanoudou Cites Her Work with Youth as Her Most Meaningful Contribution

Dr. Sanoudou, a leader in the field of pharmacogenomics, feels honored to have had a role in the origin of genomics and hopes her story inspires Aspire Leaders Program participants to pursue their passions.

News / March 30, 2023

Aspire Institute’s Inaugural Distinguished Speaker Series: Giving a Voice to Youth

Our keynote speaker for the first Distinguished Speaker Series and Liberian peace activist, Leymah Gbowee, outlined how youth can be partners for peace and recognize their own agency as future leaders.

News / March 30, 2023

Malawi Alumni Organize Event With Harvard Surgeon

Aspire Leaders Program alumni and current participants joined Dr. Kiran Agarwal-Harding, co-founder of Harvard Global Orthopedics Collaborative and SONA Global, in Malawi this month to meet, network, and think about the challenges and opportunities when starting community initiatives.

News / February 24, 2023

Hein Oo ALP ‘22, Refugee from Myanmar, Found a Community at Aspire

Hein Oo fled Myanmar in 2021 and settled in the U.S. As he works to find community here, he continues to support his home community and the planet as a young leader and environmental advocate.

News / February 24, 2023

Aspire Global Partner, Office of Industrial Links at IIUM, Provides Opportunities for Young Adults to Make an Impact

Aspire Partner, the Office of Industrial Links at IIUM, supports a global group of students explore their next step, valuing collaboration between academia and industry.

News / February 24, 2023

Aspire Faculty Spotlight: Doris Sommer Encourages Balance Between Purpose And Passion

Professor Doris Sommer will return to lead two faculty seminars in the 2023 Aspire Leaders Program. She inspires young adults to harness their passion and find their purpose.

News / January 26, 2023

Aspire Faculty Spotlight: Can Erbil Strives to Create Value for the Next Generation

Can Erbil, Boston College Economics Professor and Turkey Regional Faculty Advisor for Aspire Institute, specializes in bridging the gap between developmental economic theory and applied practice.

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