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Expansion To South West Florida

ASPIRA of Florida is on the move after finalizing an expansion agreement with one of the largest Hispanic youth groups in Southwest Florida.

Jan11-Pic1Aymet Chaples, ASPIRA Interim President/CEO, and Latin Rhythms Clubs Director, Annette Gonzalez-Sibert met on January 20, 2011 to begin the transformation of that organization into the new ASPIRA Southwest Division.

"I never would have imagined how important this would be for the community and now I look back and see how many people the club has impacted," said Ms. Gonzalez-Sibert.

The expansion will extend into Lee and Collier counties and over 250 students from 8 secondary schools will join their peers from divisions in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach, along with the 1500 students that attend the three ASPIRA charter schools in Miami.

In addition to the Latin dance and cultural enrichment, students will hone social skills, learn leadership techniques, and receive assistance completing their education in order to prepare and apply for college.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunities that this new growth will bring to our organization. It's always exciting to add new members to our ASPIRA family," said Ms. Chaples.

IT Department Releases Agency's Mid-Year Report for FY 10-11

ASPIRA of Florida's demographics and service information, as of December, 2010, is available in this report.  Access it here.

ASPIRA of Florida Celebrates: Renaming Ceremony and Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate with us through the latest issue of "THE ASPIRANTE":

  • Renaming Ceremony of the ASPIRA Youth Leadership Charter School.
  • Miami Dade College North Campus and ASPIRA of Florida Unite to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Find all details in the December newsletter.

Access prior newsletters here.


AT&T Awards the ASPIRA Association $50,000 Through Univision's "Mira Quien Baila" TV Show

Actor and singer Vadhir Derbez may have been named the champion of Univision's television dance competition "¡Mira Quien Baila!" (Look Who's Dancing!), but the true winner is the ASPIRA organization, which received a $50,000 donation on behalf of AT&T, corporate sponsor of the TV show.

The dance contest presented ten of the most loved Hispanic celebrities as they competed to win a grand prize to donate to the charity of their choice. "¡Mira Quien Baila!" aired every Sunday at 8 p.m. ET and allowed viewers to support the contestants by letting them vote to keep their favorite celebrities in the competition. The contestants were also judged and critiqued by panelists every week.

Derbez, chosen for his talents and appeal, was crowned the winner of the competition on November 21, 2010, during the season finale. In attendance at the final show were several ASPIRA representatives, including Executive Vice President of the ASPIRA Association, John Villamil, Interim President/CEO of ASPIRA of Florida, Aymet Chaples, and a group of students from the ASPIRA of Florida associate.

Although every celebrity's chosen organization received a donation, only ASPIRA was given the $50,000 prize, thanks to Derbez's dedication to the education of Hispanic youth, which led him to select ASPIRA as his charity of choice.

ASPIRA is a nonprofit organization which serves to develop leadership skills and educational empowerment in Hispanic youth through several programs and charter schools. These programs are designed to set children on the path towards college, as well as to help them acquire the skills needed to contribute to the community.

Vadhir Derbez Supports ASPIRA at Univision's "Mira Quien Baila"

VahdirIt is our pleasure to let you know that young up-and-coming singer/actor Vadhir Derbez is supporting ASPIRA throughout his participation in Univision Network's new reality dance competition "¡Mira Quien Baila!" (Look Who's Dancing!). As you may already know, the show is already off to a great start reaching approximately 8.8 million viewers who tuned-in to all or part of the spectacular premiere last week, giving our organization tremendous exposure nationwide.

Airing every Sunday at 8:00 pm ET/PT, 7:00 pm Central (with closed captions in English on CC3 where available), "¡Mira Quien Baila!" presents ten of the most loved Hispanic celebrities as they compete on the dance floor to win a grand prize to be donated to the charity of their choice. An expert panel of judges evaluates their performance to select the best dancers each week, while the others are left at the mercy of you, the viewers, to decide which couple will be eliminated via voting.

Although every contestant's chosen charity will receive a donation from the program even if they are eliminated, in the end, only one celebrity will win the ultimate $50,000 prize to be donated to the charity of their choice. In Vadhir's case, that would be ASPIRA.

For more information about Vadhir's career, as well as the show, please see the attached documents. You can also visit the show's site at (keyword: Mira Quien Baila or, or its official Facebook page You can also follow the program on Twitter @miraquienbaila_. For information on Vadhir, go to

Please join us in supporting Vadhir throughout his participation in "¡Mira Quien Baila!" and thank him for his wonderful commitment to our mission.  For detailed information on how to vote, please click here or go to

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ASPIRA Pays Tribute To El Gran Combo

Happy Anniversary!

concertgroup-webOn Friday, November 5, 2010, ASPIRA of Florida joined many of Latin music's biggest stars as they gathered together to pay tribute to the legendary musical group, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico.

This Grammy winning music orchestra has put together over 40 albums and is considered the epitome of the Salsa music genre.

In celebration of El Gran Combo's 50th anniversary, the four and half hour concert featured performances by renowned artists such as Sergio Vargas, Elvis Crespo, Victor Manuelle, Bachata Heightz, N'Klave, Vanelis, Latin Thing and Ivan La Voz.

ASPIRA of Florida and La Idea Productions teamed up to co-host the sold-out event which was attended by over 4000 people at the James L. Knight Center.

It was a night of commemoration for more than just El Gran Combo, however.

Also honored at the concert was musical celebrity Sergio Vargas, who celebrated the 25 year anniversary of his career as an artist.

Joining in the celebration was popular broadcast personality Jesus "Chu" Diaz of El Zol 95.7, who received an award for his ten years of dedication to the station.

gcaward-webBoth men, in addition to El Gran Combo, were formally presented with their awards on stage in honor of their accomplishments in reaching these milestones.

"ASPIRA was honored to partake in such a special event where so many music legends were all gathered together on the same stage to celebrate musical legacy and achievement," said George Cabrera, Chief Financial Officer of ASPIRA of Fl.

"We hope to be a part of many more nights like these," Cabrera added.

Renaming Ceremony of ASPIRA Youth Leadership Charter School

Friday, November 19, 2010
10:00 - 12:00 noon
13300 Memorial Highway
North Miami, FL  33161

Please, click here for RSVP information and to read all the details in our latest issue of "THE ASPIRANTE".


Access prior newsletters here.

UM Mentors ASPIRANTES -Board Installation -Miami Nostagia Blvd

The latest issue of "THE ASPIRANTE" has been published.  These are the highlights:

  • In concert with the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, ASPIRA will pilot a program that joins aspiring college musicians with secondary school students to create an exciting musical experience.
  • ASPIRA of Florida, Inc., celebrated the swearing in of its Board of Directors, on Friday, September 10, 2010 in a ceremony at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.
  • The celebration included the announcement of "Miami Nostalgia Boulevard" a new fund raising event to be conducted in partnership with Brickell Bay Entertainment.

Find all details in the October newsletter.

Access prior newsletters here.

IT Department Releases 1st Quarter YTD Report for FY 10-11

ASPIRA of Florida's demographics and service information, as of September, 2010, is available in this report.  Access it here.

ASPIRA's After School Coordinator Receives Champions For Children Award from The Miami-Dade Children's Trust

ASPIRA's After School Programs Featured in Primer Impacto