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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.

News / January 26, 2023

2022 Community Action Awards: Alumni-Led Social Impact

18 Aspire Leaders Program alumni pitched their social impact projects to a panel of entrepreneurs. Ten projects across nine countries will receive this award of up to $10,000 and begin their social impact journey. Projects solve problems from preserving post-harvest crops to providing awareness and greater service to those with disabilities.

News / January 26, 2023

India Alumni Field Day: Community Building Across Generations of Leaders

30 Aspire Leaders Program alumn gathered in New Delhi for the first ever India Field Day on January 24. Alumni and professionals from across generations came together as a community to share their ideas, experiences, opinions, and advice. Aspire Country Affiliate, Anil Nair, organized this exciting community-building event.

News / December 19, 2022

Peruvian Alumni Meet Aspire Programs Manager, Erika Sologuren

Alumni from Peru gathered in Lima with Programs Manager, Erika Sologuren, and discuss how their life has changed since finishing stage 5.

News / December 19, 2022

Nepali Alumni Gather at Nepal Leadership Academy

Alumni gathered at Nepal Leadership Academy and met Dr. Pukar Malla, Harvard Kennedy School graduate and nonprofit leader.

News / December 14, 2022

Alumni in Pakistan Connect and Learn From Industry Leaders

Aspire alumni in Pakistan met with industry leaders to network and open up doors for internships and other opportunities.

News / November 23, 2022

Jameson Pierre-Louis ALP ’21 from Haiti Feels Sense of Belonging after Aspire Leaders Program

Jameson Pierre-Louis learned that he is not alone in the difficulties he faces as a low-income student after the Aspire Leaders Program in 2021. Today, he works to make an impact and inspire other young leaders.

News / November 23, 2022

Aldahir Caballero Believes in the Potential of Young Leaders

Professor Aldahir Caballero, a specialist in business, alliances and innovation, has worked with youth for 10 years, teaching them the fundamentals of creating, defining and managing a new business through the use of innovative tools and methodologies. He is confident the Aspire alumni will continue to be leaders.

News / November 23, 2022

Aspire Global Partner, Babban Gona, Invests in Young People Today for a Better Tomorrow

Babban Gona is an Aspire partner organization in Nigeria. Founded during a time of turmoil and insecurity in West Africa, their mission is to make farming more profitable for smallholder farmers and turn at-risk young people into successful entrepreneurs. Together, Aspire and Babban Gona invest in young people for a better tomorrow.

News / October 26, 2022

Aspire Global Partner Science Clubs International Expands Education and Resources for Underserved Youth

In 2014, a group of Mexican graduate students studying at Harvard University came together to provide high-quality education and resources to those less-privileged. Originating as 'Club de Ciencia’ (Science Club) in Mexico, this organization has grown from a regional to an international effort. Together, Aspire Institute and Science Clubs International provide opportunities for underserved youth to discover their full potential through fully funded programs.

News / October 26, 2022

Şeyma Kara ALP ‘20 from Turkey Values Cross-Cultural Collaboration in Solving Community Problems

Turkish Aspire alumna and Aspire Alumni Ambassador values cross-cultural collaboration and research-backed solutions to community problems.

News / October 26, 2022

Aspire Faculty Spotlight: Sérgio G. Lazzarini Encourages Thoughtful Debate to Address Pressing Problems

Professor Lazzarini delivers an engaging seminar on Privatizations and stresses the importance of calm and thoughtful debate among Aspire Leaders in Training.

News / September 29, 2022

Aspire Global Partner Ismart Commits to Breaking the Poverty Cycle in Brazil

Ismart and Aspire Institute share the belief that talent exists across socioeconomic backgrounds and offer programs that empower youth from underserved backgrounds to catalyze change in their communities. 

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