Guide to the Records of ASPIRA of New York, Inc.
1959-1998
(Bulk 1970-1995)



Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora
Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, CUNY
2180 Third Avenue at 119th Street
Silberman Building, Room 122
New York, NY 10035

Phone: (212) 396-7877
Fax: (212) 396-7707
E-mail: dhernand@hunter.cuny.edu

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: ASPIRA of New York, Inc.
Title: Records of ASPIRA of New York, Inc.
Abstract: The Records of ASPIRA of New York, Inc. are an integral resource for the study of early and innovative efforts to aid and increase the educational attainment of Puerto Rican and Latino youth in New York City. Collection consists of correspondence, memoranda, minutes, photographs, flyers, clippings, proposals, reports, speeches, videotapes, slides and financial statements.
Quantity: 26 cubic feet (49 boxes)plus videotapes and oversize materials

Historical/Biographical Note

Originating as a concept and subsequent proposal presented to Dr. Frank Horne of the New York City Commission on Intergroup Relations, titled "New Leaders in New York," ASPIRA of New York, Inc. was founded in 1961 (as ASPIRA, Inc.) by Antonia Pantoja and five colleagues from the Puerto Rican Association for Community Affairs (PRACA) who would soon help form the newly minted Puerto Rican-Hispanic Leadership Forum (Puerto Rican Forum); among them Blanca Cedeño, John Carro, Francisco Trilla and Frank Bonilla. The first private Puerto Rican organization to receive foundation monies (with funding from the Taconic, New York, Rockefeller Brothers and Field foundations, and the New York Fund for Children), ASPIRA was posed as an alternative to the growing influence of street gangs in the lives of Puerto Rican youth and was conceived to address the severe lack of educational attainment among Puerto Rican students and the concomitant shortage of leadership skills being cultivated by them. Intent on developing a future leadership equally versed in the needs of the Puerto Rican community as well as the developmental rhythms of New York City, Pantoja and her colleagues created ASPIRA to foster the social advancement of Puerto Rican students by formulating programs and sponsoring events that while targeting educational needs, simultaneously sought to cultivate leadership skills, as well as a knowledge and affiliation for Puerto Rican history and culture. Prior to the founding of ASPIRA, several organizations such as the Puerto Rican Scholarship Fund, the Puerto Rican Association for the Encouragement of Higher Education, the Hispanic Young Adult Association (HYAA) (later known as the Puerto Rican Association for Community Affairs [PRACA]) and the Puerto Rican Youth Bureau had attended in some capacity to the higher education needs of Puerto Rican students. What set ASPIRA apart was its desire not only to encourage university attendance, but more importantly to cultivate a community leadership that would use their university education and training for the resolution of communal problems.

At the heart of their initial efforts were the high school clubs and the Youth Leadership Development Program. Representing the constitutive foundation of ASPIRA's work among the Puerto Rican student population, the system of high school and home clubs was the primary vehicle through which ASPIRA's programs and initiatives were administered and the training ground for future community leaders. Structured to encourage independence and self-motivation, the clubs, although often sponsored by a teacher at each school, relied heavily on the organizational acumen of the student participants and maintained the expectation that they would take a proactive lead in club matters. Indeed, the first club to be organized at Prospect Heights High School by Migdalia de Jesús in 1961 came into existence almost independently of the ASPIRA adult leadership and largely prefigured the creation of any rules and regulations for the formation of the clubs themselves, inadvertently creating a template for them. Within a year of ASPIRA's founding, five clubs had already been formed across the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx, with seventy-five members (called "Aspirantes") total, and their number only continued to rise as the demand for ASPIRA's services increased. By the 1963-1964 academic year, clubs could be found at high schools such as Taft and Morris in the Bronx, Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and Bushwick, Dewitt Clinton and Prospect Heights in Brooklyn. Eventually, the clubs would assert their independence further by constituting the ASPIRA Clubs Federation (ACF) which served not only to organize their efforts and to conduct city-wide activities, but also to consolidate their power and influence the governing bodies of ASPIRA; indeed, the ACF had three representatives on the Board of Directors.

Central to ASPIRA's programming mission, the Youth Leadership Development Program was structured to develop community leadership vis-à-vis the educational counseling and peer-group work being performed in the high school and home clubs, and to be at the frontlines of attempts to curb the severe dropout rate amongst Puerto Rican youth. Serving to reinforce the possibility of Puerto Rican student success, the Youth Leadership Development Program provided leadership training, academic services, cultural enrichment activities, creative workshops, career guidance and public policy training, as well as coordinating annual trips to Puerto Rico. This program would continue to be a central component of ASPIRA's work with the student community throughout its various permutations, with its methodologies being adopted by the subsequent affiliates that would comprise the organization in the years after the formulation and founding of the New York office.

Guiding these efforts was what came to be called the "ASPIRA Process" which was made up of three components: Awareness, Analysis and Action. The first component indicating the process of becoming aware of one's cultural background and history, the second the process of finding out about oneself and the world through critical thinking and the third as the process of putting the knowledge and skills one has acquired to use for the benefit of self and others. These principles, conceptualized early in the existence of ASPIRA would permeate the work of the organization throughout its history and see its application in the various communities in which ASPIRA would perform its work.

In 1965, ASPIRA decided to break with the Puerto Rican Forum, with whom it had been affiliated since its inception, citing differences in mission as well as the need for independent growth. By the time of its departure from the Forum, ASPIRA was a solid institution with much promise and a proven track record in the schools and in fundraising. In August of 1966, Antonia Pantoja resigned as ASPIRA's first Executive Director; she was succeeded by Frank Negrón, the former director of the Bronx Center.

By 1968, ASPIRA had commissioned two studies, funded by the Carnegie Corporation, which sought to determine the shifting population patterns and movements of Puerto Ricans, leading to the discovery that among the 1,500,000 living stateside, significant pockets could be found in Chicago, Philadelphia, Northern New Jersey and Boston. This discovery led to the expansion of ASPIRA and the establishment of affiliates in the majority of these cities by September of 1969; a location in San Juan, PR would be added in 1970 when Antonia Pantoja's organization Adelante Boricuas: Acción Social, Inc. joined the fold as an ASPIRA affiliate. Simultaneously, ASPIRA received a development grant from the Ford Foundation in order to explore the possibility of establishing an ASPIRA of America office to administer all of the affiliates, including the original New York office. Although this new administrative entity would initially be located in New York, its eventual move to Washington D.C. would further confirm the shift of power and focus from the original New York office (which was now christened "ASPIRA of New York, Inc."), and New York as the epicenter of Puerto Rican activity, to a national office that sought to maintain a broader perspective and agenda on the Puerto Rican Diaspora and the needs of its communities. That same year, ASPIRA held a conference titled "The Special Education Needs of Urban Puerto Rican Youth," which brought together Puerto Ricans from Boston, Chicago, Buffalo, Rochester, New Jersey and Connecticut, as well as Chicano scholars, to discuss the issue of the precarious educational positioning of the Puerto Rican student.

Entering its second decade, ASPIRA continued to face a grim educational picture. Although by the end of the 1971-1972 academic year, ASPIRA had 36 clubs and 2,800 members' borough wide, the Puerto Rican high school dropout rate still remained high. Starting in the fall of 1971, ASPIRA attempted to get to the heart of this phenomenon by experimenting with its own school and pedagogical approach. The CREO (Creating Resources for Educational Opportunity) Program was an initiative funded by a two-year grant from the New York City Department of Education's Office of Educational Opportunity and was comprised of an initial pilot group of Puerto Rican juniors from Benjamin Franklin High School in East Harlem who all shared the characteristics of low attendance and poor scores on standardized reading and achievement tests that made them drop-out risks. Using an intensely personal approach towards academic counseling that involved parents and teachers in the negotiation of family and school related problems, the CREO School attempted to combat the depersonalization and inattentiveness that normally alienated and drove away this student population. But what was central to the curriculum at the CREO School, and what portended one of ASPIRA's main contributions to the rethinking of education for Puerto Ricans and Latinos in New York City, was a bilingual structure that gave equal weight and importance to both Spanish and English. This bilingual approach to education stood in contradistinction to the emphasis on English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction and English immersion techniques at the time prevalent in the New York City public school system.

With the success of the CREO Program, ASPIRA of New York, Inc., with the support of ASPIRA of America and the representation of the newly created Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDF), filed a suit against the New York City Board of Education on September 20, 1972 which led to the eventual signing of the ASPIRA Consent Decree on August 29, 1974 establishing the right of Puerto Rican/Latino students with limited English proficiency to receive bilingual education. Motivated by the continuing desire to better the educational conditions of their Puerto Rican/Latino constituency, ASPIRA brought the suit against the Board of Education after years of advocacy work in the schools and after being emboldened by the proven success of the CREO Program. Evidence suggests that discussions regarding bringing a suit against the Board of Education began as early as January of 1970 when María Santiago de Mercado, then Director of the Scholarship and Loan Center, produced a memorandum outlining some of the major issues involved and inviting stake holders to a meeting with one of a number of legal groups spearheading the organization of the suit at the ASPIRA Manhattan Center. Although intimately involved with the process of organizing the suit and ultimately becoming the representative body bringing it against the Board of Education in court, ASPIRA of New York, Inc. had the support of a coalition of community groups and organizations that also were engaged in this debate and committed to negotiating a radical change in the Board of Education's pedagogical approach to immigrant and minority students. Rather than subject these students to a learning model based on English as a Second Language, ASPIRA and these other stakeholders were interested in applying a concurrent learning model that much like the CREO Program emphasized bilingual education, allowing for the retention of native languages while at the same time acquiring needed English language skills; thus increasing the chances for the maintenance of cultural knowledge and easing the transition into life in the United States.

Although faced with fiscal challenges throughout the 1970s, ASPIRA nevertheless persevered and even while advocating for Puerto Rican and Latino students in the courts, continued to expand and innovate its programs and services. Besides the two year CREO Program which was begun in 1971, this period also saw the inauguration of the Parent Training Institute, the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Research, the Adult Work/Study Miniversity and the Parent/Student Guidance Center. All of which sought to expand the sphere of community participation in and awareness of ASPIRA's efforts to encourage students to focus academically and attend college and graduate school. This work was made difficult by the increasing cuts in financial aid at the state and federal level, the end of tuition free universities in New York City and what some articulated as a growing disinterest in promoting educational opportunities for poor and urban youth. After the steady growth in the number of Aspirantes going on to college in the years immediately following the opening of ASPIRA, the 1970s would demonstrate a definite fluctuation, if not decrease, in the amount of students able to pursue higher education due to the fact that many of them were faced with fewer resources and/or the need to contribute financially to their households. With a growing recession and eventual veering away from a national focus on remedying the problems of minorities and the urban poor, ASPIRA's programs and efforts, whose primary work was to counteract the detrimental affects of these problems on Puerto Rican youth, were bound to suffer. These conditions and shifts in social and economic policy would unfortunately follow ASPIRA into the next decade and pose challenges to the continuation and expansion of its work.

Throughout the following decade, the number of ASPIRA clubs in the high schools would drop significantly in comparison with the numbers seen in the period from 1961-1968, reflective of a shift in social and political climates that was already in evidence during the 1970s. This did not totally hinder ASPIRA's work in the community and/or the number of programs it was to offer. By participating in an assortment of partnerships with city, state and federal governments and corporations, they continued to offer new opportunities for Aspirantes and to diversify their in-house capacities. By the 1980-1981 academic year, they had in place the Youth Employment Training Program and the Mayor's Scholarship Program, that latter of which was an outreach program supplying financial aid counseling, assistance and information to students as well as applications to the Mayor's Scholarship itself; providing city donated grants to undergraduate residents of specific locations within New York. Five years later, shortly after collaborations were struck with the Puerto Rican/Latino Roundtable, the Coca-Cola Hispanic Education Fund, Advocates for Children and the Educational Priorities Panel, ASPIRA, through funding from the New York Community Trust, opened the Office for Research and Advocacy. Headed by Luis O. Reyes, this division focused on advocacy work and policy on such issues as dropout prevention and bilingual education, and was expected to produce regular reports on related topics, as well as to establish a resource library. Other programs that commenced during this time period included Project A.W.A.R.E. (ASPIRA to Win through Academic Retention), the CCNY/ASPRIA Student Support Services Program, the Encuentro/Encounter Program, High HOPES (Hispanic Opportunities through Parent Educational Support), the Talent Search Program, the Consolidated Youth Program and the Health Careers Program. In 1983, ASPIRA also commissioned a report titled "Minority Secondary Education in New York State and New York City," written by Ronald Calitri that detailed the state of public secondary education in New York City. Among this report's findings was included the lack of evident complicity on the part of the New York City Board of Education with the 1974 Consent Decree and the related and ongoing drastic rate of Puerto Rican/Latino high school drop outs.

During the 1990s, ASPIRA would continue to pursue the expansion of its services while facing difficult financial times. Starting in the late 1980s, the organization underwent a period of negotiated debt with the national office, the New York City Department of Employment and a number of independent organizations, which had ASPIRA going to extreme fiscal measures to guarantee its ongoing existence. This in combination with continued cuts in government funding precipitated the severe paring down of services and programs, the closing of satellite offices and the firing of staff. In many instances, programs that had required numerous personnel to operate were reduced to two person staffs. This restructuring, which occurred in different capacities throughout the decade, also affected the organization of the clubs, the ASPIRA Clubs Federation and its adjoining City Council. Furthermore, sudden changes at higher levels in the administration and the Board of Directors in the early 1990s threatened not only internal stability, but the organization's capacity for fundraising and, in turn, fiscal stability.

To its credit, ASPIRA was able to maintain the operation of many of its programs during much of this time and, in fact, proceeded to win additional grants from the city government to provide more services to its target constituency. In 1993, for example, they received a Beacon community school grant to supply after school programs at a Beacon school. Called Project B.E.A.M. (Building Educational Aspirations and Multiculturalism), this program served the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx and was based at I.S. 39. It sought to provide leadership development, tutorial assistance, family and academic counseling, parent involvement training, cultural programs and family support services, among other things, to the community after school and on evenings and weekends, all year round. Subsequently, they received a second grant and implemented a similar program called Project BEAM TOO at J.H.S. 22 in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. In addition, they inaugurated the Amoco Scholarship Program, AIDS Education Peer Leadership Project, Project ADEPT (Aspire to Develop Excellence and Professional Techniques) and Project Safe and Sound (Safe and Sound: A Public Service and Safety Corps for New York City), a collaborative program funded under the federal AmeriCorps initiative that worked towards lessening the violence in the South Bronx through education campaigns and community service projects. In 1994 ASPIRA also managed to help organize ¡Muévete!: The Boricua Youth Conference in conjunction with the Puerto Rican Association for Community Affairs (PRACA) and the National Latinas Caucus.

Today, ASPIRA of New York, Inc. continues to offer leadership development programs, after school programs and an assortment of in school initiatives, as well as adhering to the sponsorship of high school and middle school clubs for the administration of their programs and the dissemination of their philosophy, throughout New York City. Currently located in Manhattan, the agency remains a vibrant partner in the struggle against Latino high school drop out rates and in the cultivation of leadership skills among Puerto Rican and Latino youth, and, in conjunction with the ASPIRA Association, Inc. and the other affiliates throughout the East Coast and Illinois, continues to adhere to the principles of the ASPIRA Process and the goals first laid out by Antonia Pantoja and her colleagues more than forty years ago.

Sources:

The Antonia Pantoja Papers, Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, CUNY

Interviews with Antonia Pantoja, 1988

Pantoja, Antonia, Memoir of a Visionary: Antonia Pantoja, Arte Publico Press: Houston, Texas, 2002

Santiago Santiago, Isaura, A Community's Struggle for Equal Education Opportunity: ASPIRA v. Bd. of Ed., Princeton, N. J. : Office for Minority Education, Educational Testing Service, 1978


Scope and Content Note

The records of ASPIRA of New York, Inc. document the administration, programs and civic contributions of this ground breaking social service agency. Furthermore, they help chronicle the organizational evolution of the institution and the numerous initiatives they undertook to support Puerto Rican and Latino youth in New York City.

A small but insightful collection, highlights of the records include materials on such key programs as the Youth Leadership Development Program, as well as on organizational offshoots like the Office of Research and Advocacy and the ASPIRA Clubs Federation. Moreover, the collection documents the organization's engagement with current issues in education and politics, and their extensive involvement in and influence on decision making around them.

The materials in this collection span the years from 1959 to 1998 with the bulk concentrating on the years 1970 to 1995. They consist of correspondence, memoranda, minutes, photographs, flyers, clippings, proposals, contracts, reports, speeches, videos, slides and financial statements. The folders are arranged alphabetically and the documents are arranged chronologically. The documents are in both Spanish and English.


Arrangement

The collection has been organized into the following ten series:
I. Board of Directors
II. Administrative
III. Programs
IV. Reports
V. Financial
VI. Subject Files
VII. Organizations
VIII. Proposals
IX. Writings and Publications
X. Audio-Visual


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research without restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the:
Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora
Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, CUNY
2180 Third Avenue at 119th Street
Silberman Building, Room 122
New York, NY 10035

Phone: (212) 396-7877
Fax: (212) 396-7707
E-mail: dhernand@hunter.cuny.edu


Access Points

Subject Names:
Anglada, Mario
Aquino, Federico
Canino, María Josefa
Carro, John
Cedeño, Blanca
Cortez-Vázquez, Lorraine
Ferrer, Fernando
García Rivera, Oscar
Hernández, Marifé
La Fontaine, Hernan
Negrón, Frank
Nieves, Josephine
Nieves, Luis
Nuñez, Louis
Pantoja, Antonia
Petrovich, Janice
Quiñones, Nathan
Reyes, Luis O.
Rivera, Julia
Trilla, Francisco
Subject Organizations:
ASPIRA Association, Inc.
ASPIRA of America
ASPIRA of New York, Inc.
Association of Puerto Rican Executive Directors (APRED)
Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña
Comité Noviembre
Community Development Agency (CDA)
Educational Priorities Panel
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
Institute for Puerto Rican Policy
Latino Commission on Educational Reform
National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights
Puerto Rican Association for Community Affairs (PRACA)
Puerto Rican Educators Association
Puerto Rican Forum
Puerto Rican Interagency Council
Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund
Puerto Rican/Latino Education Roundtable
The Oram Group, Inc.
Subject Topics:
Discrimination in education -- Law and legislation -- New York (State) -- New York
Education, Bilingual -- Law and legislation -- New York (State) -- New York
Education, Bilingual -- New York (State) -- New York
Hispanic American students -- New York (State) -- New York
Hispanic Americans -- Education -- New York (State) -- New York
Hispanics -- New York (State) -- New York
Hispanics in New York (City)
Multicultural education -- New York (State) -- New York
Puerto Ricans -- Education -- New York (State) -- New York
Puerto Ricans -- Education -- United States
Puerto Ricans --New York (State) -- New York
Puerto Ricans in New York (City)
Document Types:
Announcements
Clippings
Correspondence
Flyers
Memoranda
Minutes
Photographs
Publications
Reports
Slides
Videotapes
Writings


Administrative Information

Provenance

ASPIRA of New York, Inc.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); The Records of ASPIRA of New York, Inc.; 2002-02; box number; folder number;
Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños Archives, Hunter College, CUNY

Processing Information

Processed with a grant from a congressional directed initiative sponsored by Congressman José Serrano and administered by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Funding was also provided by the Council of the City of New York.


Container List

[The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.]

 

Series I: Board of Directors (1968-1998)

Scope and Content:

This series is inclusive of the correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports and membership materials of the Board of Directors of ASPIRA of New York, Inc. and also contains documents related to the Board's Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of ASPIRA of America, Inc (now known as ASPIRA Association, Inc.). Peopled by prominent Puerto Rican community figures such as Blanca Cedeño, Federico Aquino, Josephine Nieves, Fernando Ferrer, María Josefa Canino, Francisco Trilla, Adolfo Carrión, Jr., Oscar García Rivera, Hernan La Fontaine, Marifé Hernández, Nathan Quiñones and Reverend Pablo Cotto, the Board of Directors functioned as an advisory body to the Executive Director and was important to fundraising efforts in some of the organizations most troubled financial times. Of special note are the proceedings of meetings held by the Board of Directors which include minutes, reports, budgetary materials, news of current events and agendas. These materials lend insight into the inner administrative workings of ASPIRA of New York, Inc. and provide researchers with details about some of the challenges confronted by this landmark organization.

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Budget undated, 1971-1987
1 2-4 Correspondence and Memoranda 1971-1993

Executive Committee

Box Folder Title Date
1 5 General undated, 1986-1994
1 6 Meeting undated, 1987
1 7 General undated, 1970-1992, 1998
1 8 Meetings 1981
Box Folder Title Date
2 1-10 Meetings undated, 1984-1989
Box Folder Title Date
3 1-7 Meetings undated, 1981-1991
Box Folder Title Date
4 1-10 Meetings undated, 1988-1994
Box Folder Title Date
5 1 Member Manual 1991
5 2 Membership undated, 1974-1975, 1981-
5 3-5 Minutes and Agendas 1969-1971, 1986-1993
5 6 Reports undated, 1970
5 7 Resumes undated

Retreat

Box Folder Title Date
5 8 Correspondence and Memoranda 1990-1991
5 9 General undated, 1987-1992
5 10 Minutes and Agenda undated, 1990
5 11 Staff and Board Rosters undated, 1968, 1971-1975, 1990
Box Folder Title Date
6 1 Student Applicants undated, 1975, 1993

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Series II: Administrative (1965-1995)

Scope and Content:

This series highlights the general administrative documents of the organization and includes correspondence, memoranda, materials on operational policies and procedures, as well as staff meeting minutes and agendas. Of interest are early documents pertaining to the consolidation and expansion of ASPIRA (Articles of Federation), and an administrative manual from the early 1970s.

Box Folder Title Date
6 2 Administrative Manual 1974
6 3 Advisory Board Meeting undated, 1995
6 4 Agendas undated, 1985
6 5-6 Articles of Federation undated, 1965, 1968-1969, 1971-1977
6 7 Background Information undated, 1986-1994, 1996
6 8 Blank Forms undated, 1990
6 9 Calendars 1978, 1986, 1988-1993
6 10 Correspondence - Incoming undated, 1966-1988
Box Folder Title Date
7 1-4 Correspondence - Incoming 1989-1995
7 5-6 Correspondence - Outgoing undated, 1973-1994
Box Folder Title Date
8 1 Counselor Training and Evaluation undated
8 2-4 Memoranda undated, 1973-1995
8 5 Minutes and Agendas undated, 1972-1995
8 6 National Training on Finance and Administration undated, 1993-1995
8 7 Operational Policies and Procedures undated, 1986-1993
8 8 Organization Charts 1988-1989

Personnel

Box Folder Title Date
8 9 Correspondence and Memoranda 1974-1994
Box Folder Title Date
9 1 General undated, 1987-1993
9 2 Staff Meetings and Agendas 1976, 1993-1994
9 3 Staff Resumes undated, 1990
9 4 Staff Retreat undated, 1980-1995
9 5 Staff Training undated, 1993-1994
9 6 Strategic Planning undated, 1987, 1993-1994
9 7 Time-Leave Records undated, 1992-1994
Box Folder Title Date
OS I 1 Office Floor Plans - 332 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 1988

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Series III: Programs (1965-1996)

Scope and Content:

At the core of ASPIRA's organizational efforts, the programs included in this series speak to the multi-faceted ways in which ASPIRA sought to attend to the needs of the Puerto Rican/Latino student population of New York and attests to their commitment to the educational and civic advancement of this core constituency. Key to these activities was the ASPIRA Clubs Federation and the Youth Leadership Development Program. Directed by a Board and Central Committee, the ASPIRA Clubs Federation functioned as a unifying vehicle for the high school club network by organizing club wide events, dictating the structural parameters of individual clubs, as well as setting policy and rules of conduct. Working in tandem with the clubs, the Youth Leadership Development program is one of ASPIRA's oldest and was at the heart of its mission to curb dropout rates, encourage educational excellence and instill leadership capabilities in its club members and the Puerto Rican/Latino student populace at large. At the core of the ASPIRA process, the Youth Leadership Development Program would produce subsequent community and political leaders who helped reaffirm ASPIRA's mission in the community and contributed to its organizational longevity. Included in this series also are the records of the Office of Research and Advocacy. Established in 1986 through a grant from the New York Community Trust, this programmatic division of ASPIRA, spearheaded by Luis O. Reyes, focused on advocacy work on such issues as dropout prevention and bilingual education. In tandem, it was charged with producing regular reports on related topics, as well as establishing a resource library.

The ASPIRA Clubs Federation (ACF)

Box Folder Title Date
9 8 Correspondence and Memoranda 1988-1994
9 9 General undated, 1974, 1981-1994
9 10 Newsletter undated, 1974-1976
9 11 Proposals 1970-1971

ASPIRA Advocacy and Educational Opportunity Center

Box Folder Title Date
9 12 General undated, 1974-1978
Box Folder Title Date
10 1 Proposals 1973-1974

AWARE (ASPIRA to Win through Academic Retention and Excellence) Program

Box Folder Title Date
10 2 Correspondence and Memoranda undated, 1987-1991
10 3 Forms undated, 1989
10 4 General 1979-1996
10 5 Grant - United Way undated, 1988-1989
10 6 Monthly Program Statistical Forms 1990-1991
10 7 Morris High School undated, 1985-1987
10 8 Proposals - General undated, 1990-1991
10 9 Reports 1985-1991
10 10 Resource Allocation undated, 1990-1991
Box Folder Title Date
11 1-5 United Way/Board of Education Contracts 1990
11 6 CCNY/ASPIRA Student Support Services Program 1985-1990
11 7 CETA Adult Work/ Study Program - Miniversity Program (Six Month Evaluation) 1976
11 8 Citibank Scholarship/Mentoring Program 1988-1991
11 9 College and Career Advisement Program undated, 1995
11 10 Consolidated Youth Employment Program 1983-1987

Encuentro/Encounter Program

Box Folder Title Date
11 11 Budget undated, 1987-1989
11 12 General undated
Box Folder Title Date
12 1 General 1986-1989
12 2 General undated, 1987-1995

High HOPES (Hispanic Opportunities through Parent Educational Support)

Box Folder Title Date
12 3 General 1992
12 4 Resource for Local Implementation undated, 1992
12 5 Hispanic Community Mobilization for Dropout Prevention undated, 1989-1991
12 6 HIV/AIDS Peer Educators Program undated, 1965, 1993-1994
12 7 Home Club undated, 1977-1978
12 8 Math and Science Career Program 1982

Mayor's Scholarship Program

Box Folder Title Date
12 9 Application undated, 1987-1990
12 10 Budget 1989-1994
12 11 Contracts 1986
Box Folder Title Date
13 1 Contracts 1987-1988
13 2 Correspondence and Memoranda 1986-1994
13 3 General undated, 1984-1985, 1989-1991
13 4 Guide to Resources for Financial Aid 1989
13 5 Monthly Program Statistical Forms 1988-1991
13 6-8 Monthly Reports undated, 1988-1990
13 9 Reports 1987-1989
13 10 The Minority Medical Education Mentor Program undated, 1988

National Health Careers Program

Box Folder Title Date
14 1 Budget 1984-1995
14 2 Contracts 1988-1990
14 3 Correspondence and Memoranda undated, 1981, 1987-1992
14 4 Flyers and Pamphlets undated, 1989-1994
14 5 García, Michele I. undated, 1986-1992
14 6 Grant Application undated
14 7 Monthly Program Statistical Forms 1987-1991
14 8 National Grant for Public Health Service - Supporting Documentation undated, 1991-1992
14 9 Proposals 1981-1989
14 10-11 Reports undated, 1982-1992
14 12 Students undated, 1989-1992
Box Folder Title Date
15 1 National Scholarship - Loan Program 1976-1986

Neighborhood Youth Alliance Program

Box Folder Title Date
15 2 General undated, 1991-1992
15 3 Minutes and Agendas undated, 1991-1993
15 4 Proposals undated, 1992-1993

Office of Research and Advocacy

Box Folder Title Date
15 5 Correspondence - Incoming 1986-1988
15 6 Correspondence - Outgoing undated, 1983-1989
15 7 General undated, 1986-1990
15 8 Memoranda 1986-1988
15 9 Minutes and Agendas undated, 1986-1988
15 10 Proposals undated, 1986-1987
15 11 Remarks 1986, 1991
Box Folder Title Date
16 1-2 Reports and Writings undated, 1985-1994
16 3 Programs and Services 1991-1992

Project ADEPT (Aspire to Develop Excellence and Professional Techniques)

Box Folder Title Date
16 4 Correspondence undated, 1992, 1995
16 5 General undated, 1992
16 6 Proposal 1991

Project BEAM (Building Educational Aspirations and Multiculturalism)

Box Folder Title Date
16 7 Budget 1993-1996
16 8 General undated, 1992-1995
16 9 Peer Advisement Leadership School (PALS) - Proposal undated
16 10 Project BEAM Too undated, 1991-1996

Project LEYES (Legal Education and Youth Employment Services)

Box Folder Title Date
16 11 Contract 1990-1991
Box Folder Title Date
17 1 Correspondence and Memoranda 1991-1994
17 2 Mock Trial undated, 1991
17 3 Monthly Program Statistical Forms 1991-1992
17 4 Moot-Court Scholarship undated, 1990-1991
17 5 Proposals 1989
17 6 Reports 1990-1992
17 7-8 Project Safe and Sound undated, 1995
17 9 Public Policy Leadership Program undated, 1985-1988

Scholastic Assistance Program

Box Folder Title Date
17 10 General undated, 1985-1990
17 11 Student Files undated, 1989
Box Folder Title Date
18 1-9 Student Files undated, 1988-1990
18 10 Statistics undated, 1989-1990

Talent Search Program

Box Folder Title Date
18 11 Budget 1988-1991
18 12 Correspondence and Memoranda 1988-1991, 1994
18 13 General undated, 1989-1990, 1994
18 14 Monthly Program Statistical Forms 1990-1992
18 15 Proposals undated
18 16 Reports 1990-1991
18 17 Student Assessment Form undated

Youth Leadership Development Program

Box Folder Title Date
19 1 Correspondence 1977, 1987-1990
19 2 Financial Statements 1985
19 3 General undated, 1974, 1979
19 4 Manual undated, 1989-1992
19 5 Memoranda 1973, 1987-1991
19 6 Minutes and Agendas 1988-1989
19 7 Proposal - Community Development Agency 1978
19 8 Proposals 1984-1991
19 9 Reports 1976, 1983-1984
Box Folder Title Date
20 1 Reports 1988-1991
20 2 Special Delinquency Prevention Program - Contract and Grant undated, 1988-1989
Box Item Title Date
OS II   1 undated

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Series IV: Reports (1964-1994)

Scope and Content:

Besides containing annual reports spanning the years 1964-1992, this series includes reports from the Executive Director, summary yearly reviews of organizational events, as well as several topical reports that focus on education and ASPIRA's accomplishments and internal processes. Among the highlights of the series is a report on the recruitment and training of Spanish speaking teachers that covers the period 1968-1670 and a treatise on Puerto Ricans on Long Island dated 1971.

Box Folder Title Date
20 3-5 Annual Reports undated, 1964-1992
20 6 ASPIRA of New York Yearly Report to ASPIRA of America 1973-1974 1974
20 7 ASPIRA's Organizational Development Accomplishments: Reflections 1983-1988 1988
20 8 Caseload Statistical Reports 1976-1978
Box Folder Title Date
21 1-2 Executive Director's Report 1982, 1988, 1991
21 3 Puerto Ricans on Long Island 1971
21 4 Racial and Ethnic High School Dropout Rates in New York City: A Summary Report 1983-1987
21 5 Recommendations of the Chancellor's Working Group on Latino Educational Opportunity 1988
21 6 Recruitment and Training of Spanish-Speaking Teachers - Statistical Report 1968-1970 1970
21 7 Reinventing Youth Service Delivery System undated, 1994
21 8 Report Guide undated
21 9 Report on Public Funding Sources for a Projected ASPIRA Center on Long Island, Torres, Andrés 1971
Box Folder Title Date
22 1 Reports - General 1971-1992
22 2 Year in Review 1982-1988

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Series V: Financial (1967-1995)

Scope and Content:

This brief series is comprised of budgetary materials that relate to ASPIRA's financial history and fundraising efforts. Of particular interest are the files on the period of debt repayment which help reveal some of the fiscal difficulties faced by ASPIRA and the struggles involved in keeping a grassroots service organization of its type afloat in an increasingly sparse public funding environment.

Box Folder Title Date
22 3-7 Budget undated, 1984-1993
Box Folder Title Date
23 1-3 Budget undated, 1967-1991, 1993-1995
23 4-5 Correspondence and Memoranda 1984-1995
23 6 Debt Repayment 1988-1991
23 7 Development Plan, González, Angelo, et. al. 1984
Box Folder Title Date
24 1 Funding Periods for Programs 1979-1981
24 2 Fundraising undated, 1987-1994
24 3 General undated, 1987-1991
24 4-5 Reports 1983-1993
Box Item Title Date
OS III 1 Budget Reports 1987-1995

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Series VI: Subject Files (1959-1997)

Scope and Content:

One of the most varied and richest series of the collection, the subject files hold a range of materials that include organizational newsletters, clippings, anniversary programs and invitations, as well as documents related to ASPIRA's annual senior prom. In addition, there are files on bilingual education, including information on the Consent Decree, dropout prevention, the selection of the New York City Schools Chancellor, the Angelo del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute and the Jose P. case against the Board of Education whose success eventually brought bilingual education to handicapped students in New York City schools. Highlights also include the proceedings of ASPIRA's suit against the Board of Education which resulted in the passing of the Consent Decree mandating bilingual education in New York City public schools, and the journals kept by students as part of their annual trip to Puerto Rico.

30th Anniversary

Box Folder Title Date
24 6 Concert undated, 1992
24 7 General undated, 1990-1993
24 8 Agreement to Provide Attendance Improvement and Dropout Prevention Services undated, 1994
Box Folder Title Date
25 1 Amoco Dealers Hispanic Scholarship Award undated, 1987-1994

Angelo del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute

Box Folder Title Date
25 2 Evaluations 1996
25 3-5 General undated, 1994-1996
25 6 Social Studies Core Concepts for How Laws are Made in New York State undated
25 7 Anniversary Programs and Invitations 1971-1997

Annual Senior Prom

Box Folder Title Date
25 8 Attendees undated, 1988-1989
25 9 Correspondence and Memoranda undated, 1975-1989
Box Folder Title Date
26 1-2 General undated, 1975-1993
26 3 Areyto Ceremony undated, 1985-1998
26 4 ASPIRA - Clippings undated, 1966-1997
26 5 ASPIRA Family Camp/Summer '88 undated, 1988-1989
26 6-7 ASPIRA - Newsletters undated, 1967-1996
26 8 ASPIRA of New York, Inc., et. al. Against Board of Education, et. al. undated, 1970-1974
Box Folder Title Date
27 1-2 ASPIRA of New York, Inc., et. al. Against Board of Education, et. al. undated, 1970-1974
27 3 Awards Committee undated, 1987
27 4 Basic Skills Development Projects - District 8 undated

Bilingual Education

Box Folder Title Date
27 5 Budget 1970-1972
27 6-7 Clippings undated, 1971-1989
27 8 Consent Decree undated, 1972-1976
27 9 Correspondence and Memoranda undated, 1969-1989
Box Folder Title Date
28 1-2 General undated, 1968-1992
28 3 Hispanics at SUNY New Paltz undated, 1984
28 4 Proposals undated, 1969-1972
28 5-6 Reports and Writings undated, 1971-1994
28 7 Bilingual Research Center - Proposal 1972

Board of Education

Box Folder Title Date
29 1 General undated, 1972-1989
29 2 Reports undated, 1969-1972
29 3 Chancellor's Commission on Minimum Standards - Working Papers undated, 1989

Chancellor Selection

Box Folder Title Date
29 4-5 Clippings undated, 1987-1989
29 6 Correspondence 1987-1989
29 7 General undated, 1987-1989
29 8 Press Releases undated, 1986-1989
29 9 City University of New York (CUNY) - Clippings undated, 1969-1985
29 10 Club Member Rosters 1989-1991
Box Folder Title Date
30 1 Commission on Judicial Nomination undated, 1992-1993
30 2 Committee on High Schools Admissions undated, 1981-1989

Community Achievement Project in the Schools (CAPS)

Box Folder Title Date
30 3 Correspondence 1991-1993
30 4 General undated, 1991-1992
30 5 Conferences undated, 1975-1998
30 6-7 Contact Lists undated
Box Folder Title Date
31 1 Contact Lists 1986-1995
31 2-3 Contracts 1987-1995
31 4 Dewitt Wallace - Reader's Digest Fund undated, 1989-1993
31 5 District Council 65 Negotiations undated, 1980

Dropout Prevention

Box Folder Title Date
31 6 Clippings undated, 1986-1987
31 7 Correspondence and Memoranda 1985-1989
31 8 General undated, 1985-1990
31 9 Proposal 1986-1987
Box Folder Title Date
32 1 East Harlem Human Services Directory 1994
32 2 Education - Clippings undated, 1972-1989
32 3 Education Reform Panel undated, 1988
32 4 Educational Advocates Advisory Committee undated, 1986-1987
32 5 Emergency School Aid Act (ESAA) Program undated, 1973
32 6 Ethnic Census undated, 1969-1972
32 7 Event Programs 1968-1995
32 8 Federación Estudiantil Pro-Independencia (FEPI) and Federación Universital Pro-Independencia (FUPI) undated, 1974
32 9 Flyers and Pamphlets undated, 1968-1994
32 10 Folders undated, 1991
32 11 General undated, 1973-1995
Box Folder Title Date
33 1 Hispanic Consensus in Medicine: The Catalyst for an Equitable National Health Reform - Conference 1992
33 2 Invitations 1987-1993
33 3 José P., et. al. Against Thomas Sobol, et. al. undated, 1988
33 4 Junior College Interview Meeting undated, 1988
33 5 Language Policy Task Force undated, 1986
33 6 Latino Children's Issues Project undated, 1992-1993
33 7 Leadership Retreat undated, 1990-1991, 1995

Liberty Partnerships Programs

Box Folder Title Date
33 8 General undated, 1988-1989
33 9 Liberty Scholarship Advisory Committee undated, 1989-1990
33 10 Proposal 1989-1990
33 11 Las Madrinas de ASPIRA undated, 1964-1973
Box Folder Title Date
34 1 Muévete: The Boricua Youth Conference undated, 1993-1996
34 2 Multi Ethnic Advisory Committee undated, 1987-1988
34 3 Newsletters - General 1973-1998
34 4 New York City Partnership, Inc. - Work Access Program undated, 1984
34 5 New York City Schools Chancellor Budget Requests 1984-1988
34 6 New York Puerto Rican Parade undated, 1991-1992

New York State Board of Regents

Box Folder Title Date
34 7 Correspondence and Memoranda 1991-1995
34 8 General undated, 1992-1994
34 9 Subcommittee on Low Performing Schools undated, 1993-1994
34 10 Subcommittee on Special Education undated, 1993
34 11 New York State Council on Children and Families - Community Roundtable 1988-1989
34 12 Los Niños de los Barrios: Public Policies for Our Future Generations - Conference undated, 1994-1995
34 13 Olympics undated, 1992-1993
34 14 Parent and Community Mobilization and Engagement (PACME) undated, 1995
Box Folder Title Date
35 1 Parents and Ethnicity - Conference undated, 1982-1985
35 2 Police/Youth Perception Program - Contract undated, 1992
35 3 Press Clippings undated, 1976-1977
35 4 Press Releases 1976-1995
35 5 Proyecto Entre Iguales: Aspirantes Helping Peers - Peer Counseling Supervisor's Kit undated
35 6 Public-Private Initiatives: Latino - Contract 1993
35 7 Puerto Rican Bilingual Education Policies Committee (PRBEPC) undated, 1971-1972
35 8 Puerto Rican Community - Clippings undated, 1970-1988
35 9 The Puerto Rican Dialog undated, 1985-1987
35 10 The Puerto Rican Family Institute - Act Now: Hispanic Youth Empowerment - Conference undated, 1989
Box Folder Title Date
36 1 Puerto Rican Heritage Day undated, 1988-1989
36 2 The Puerto Rican and His Music 1975
36 3 Puerto Rican Music undated, 1959-1960, 1987
36 4 Reliance Awards for Excellence in Education 1992-1993
36 5 Steering Committee for Planning Community Seminars undated, 1970
36 6 Somos Uno Conference on Education undated, 1988

Somos Uno, Somos El Futuro - Hispanic Youth Leadership Conference

Box Folder Title Date
36 7-8 General undated, 1990-1991
36 9 Program and Fiscal Report 1990
36 10 Surgeon General's Hispanic/Latino Regional Health Meeting - Planning Committee undated, 1993
36 11 Take Our Daughters to Work Day 1993
36 12 Taller de Cerámica 1977
36 13 Test Takers Bill of Rights - Bill 5101 1989

Trip to Puerto Rico

Box Folder Title Date
36 14 General undated, 1965, 1983-1984
Box Folder Title Date
37 1-2 General undated, 1991-1993
37 3-7 Student Journals - Summer 1991 undated, 1991
Box Folder Title Date
38 1-9 Student Journals - Summer 1994 1994
Box Folder Title Date
39 1-4 Student Journals - Summer 1994 1994
39 5 Twenty-Fifth Anniversary - Journal Committee undated, 1987
39 6 Undergraduate Program in Bilingual/Bicultural Education - Herbert H. Lehman College 1975
39 7 Union undated, 1983-1994
39 8 United States Commission on Civil Rights - New York Advisory Committee undated, 1971-1973
39 9 Uniting the Rainbow to Meet the Challenge of the Twenty-First Century - Conference undated, 1988
39 10 Voters Assistance Commission undated, 1989-1990
Box Folder Title Date
40 1 Youth Training undated, 1993-1994
Box Folder Title Date
OS IV 1 Manhattan College Presents: The Quincentenary - Rethinking Columbus' Legacy - Poster 1992
OS IV 2 Los Niños de los Barrios: Public Policies for Our Future Generations - Poster 1994
Box Item Title Date
Artifact I   1 1994

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Series VII: Organizations (1971-1995)

Scope and Content:

Contained in this brief series are many organizations with which ASPIRA had business dealings, but also those who worked in tandem with them to further its goals. In the latter category, we find such organizations such as the Association of Puerto Rican Executive Directors (APRED), from which many Board members were culled, Comité Noviembre, the Community Development Agency, the Puerto Rican/Latino Education Roundtable and the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights. Of particular note is the file on the Puerto Rican Interagency Council. A federation of agencies made up of ASPIRA, the Puerto Rican Forum, the Puerto Rican Association for Community Affairs, the Puerto Rican Family Institute, the Puerto Rican Guidance Center, the Puerto Rican Convention of New Jersey and the East Harlem Tenant's Council, the Puerto Rican Interagency Council was formed as a vehicle for information exchange, community advocacy and development and the overall coordination of mutually beneficial organizing efforts. Although not extensive, this file provides insightful information on this intrepid Puerto Rican/Latino coalition and its work on behalf of their constituencies.

Association of Puerto Rican Executive Directors (APRED)

Box Folder Title Date
40 2 Board Meeting 1992
40 3 General undated, 1987-1992
40 4 Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña undated, 1983-1986
40 5 Cause Effective: A Nonprofit Resource Development Center undated, 1992-1995

Comité Noviembre

Box Folder Title Date
40 6 1991 undated, 1991
40 7 1992 undated, 1992
40 8 General undated, 1987-1995
40 9 Community Based Organizations undated

Community Development Agency (CDA)

Box Folder Title Date
40 10 Budget undated, 1990-1992
Box Folder Title Date
41 1-8 Contracts undated, 1987-1994
41 9 Correspondence 1987-1993
41 10 General undated, 1992-1993

Council of Executive Directors

Box Folder Title Date
41 11 Correspondence and Memoranda 1988
41 12-13 Quarterly Meeting undated, 1988

Educational Priorities Panel

Box Folder Title Date
42 1 Correspondence and Memoranda 1987-1995
42 2 General undated, 1986-1992
42 3 Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities undated, 1988-1992
42 4 Institute for Puerto Rican Policy undated, 1992
42 5 Latino Commission on Educational Reform undated, 1989-1994

National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights

Box Folder Title Date
42 6 General undated, 1983-1994
42 7 The Status of Puerto Ricans in the United States-1993: Through Struggle, We've Come A Long Way 1993
42 8 Third National Convention undated, 1983-1985
42 9 National Executive Service Corps - Consulting Services undated, 1987-1989

The Oram Group, Inc.

Box Folder Title Date
42 10 Correspondence and Memoranda undated, 1984-1990
42 11 General undated, 1987-1990
Box Folder Title Date
43 1 Puerto Rican Educators Association undated, 1988

Puerto Rican/Latino Education Roundtable

Box Folder Title Date
43 2 Clippings undated, 1971-1991
43 3-5 General undated, 1983-1992
43 6 Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund undated, 1972-1989
43 7 Puerto Rican Interagency Council 1971-1972
43 8 T-L Youthworks, Inc. 1991
Box Item Title Date
OS V   1 1991

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Series VIII: Proposals (1969-1995)

Scope and Content:

This small series is inclusive of proposals that demonstrate ASPIRA's commitment to fundraising for an assortment of in-school and external projects and initiatives. From efforts to fund an AIDS/HIV Prevention Education Program to a number of proposals addressing the need for youth employment services and supportive educational programs, these materials attest to the struggles involved in maintaining innovative programs that would continue to address the ongoing and emerging needs of ASPIRA'S core constituency.

Box Folder Title Date
43 9 AIDS/HIV Prevention Education Program 1991-1992
43 10 ASPIRA of America Development Program 1969-1972
Box Folder Title Date
44 1 ASPIRA's Supportive Services, Mini-School and Tutorial Program 1975
44 2 ASPIRA's Supportive/Educational Services Program 1977-1978
44 3 Educational and Clinical Services - Joint Proposal for Addiction Services Agency (ASA) undated
44 4 Project Educational Partnership - Morris High School/Bronx Community College/ASPIRA 1988
44 5 A Proposal for Funding Under the Emergency School Aid Act (Public Law 92-318) - The Non-Profit Group Category for Fiscal Year 1976-1977 undated
44 6-7 Proposals - General undated, 1974-1995
44 8 Proyecto Carreras - In School Youth Employment and Training Program undated
Box Folder Title Date
45 1 Puerto Ricans in the Arts undated, 1975-1977
45 2 Science and Mathematics Academy 1992
45 3 Special Services for Disadvantaged Students in Institutions of Higher Education undated, 1972-1973
45 4 A Study to Construct, Validate and Compare a CDM Model 1976
45 5 Youth Employment Services undated, 1974-1983

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Series IX: Writings and Publications (1963-1995)

Scope and Content:

This rich series is made up of writings and publications produced by ASPIRA, as well as thematically related documents produced by other individuals and agencies. The former include such early works as "…and Others": A Report Card for the New York City Public Schools" (1971) and "ASPIRA Behavioral Changes in its Clientele As Seen Through the ASPIRA Process" (1974). In addition, those outside materials included speak to this early period as well and count among them Héctor Vázquez's "Discrimination Against Puerto Rican Professionals and Puerto Rican Pupils in New York City Public Schools" and the Puerto Rican Educators Association's essay on "The Education of the Puerto Rican Child in New York (With a Special Emphasis on New York City)." Other works follow similar themes and address the dropout problem/prevention among Latino youth, bilingual education and the educational rights of Puerto Rican/Latino students.

Box Folder Title Date
45 6 APEX (ASPIRA Parents for Educational Excellence) Program - Workshop Series Manual 1992
45 7 ASPIRA Behavioral Changes in its Clientele As Seen Through the ASPIRA Process 1974
45 8 ASPIRA's Automation Task Force: Recommendations 1990
45 9 The Coming of the Puerto Ricans, Cardona, hijo, Luis Antonio 1974
45 10 Creating Resources for Educational Opportunities (CREO) - Memory Book 1973
45 11 Curriculum Development on Law Related Education for Hispanics in the United States: Preliminary Considerations, Ramírez-Soto, Ismael 1980
45 12 Destrezas de Micro-Consejería, McDermott, Dermond undated
Box Folder Title Date
46 1 Discrimination Against Puerto Rican Professionals and Puerto Rican Pupils in New York City Public Schools, Vázquez, Héctor I. 1971
46 2-3 The Education of the Puerto Rican Child in New York (With Special Emphasis on New York City) - Puerto Rican Educators Association, Inc. undated, 1971
46 4 The Failure of Academic High Schools in New York City - Brooklyn Education Task Force undated
46 5 Family Perceptions of ASPIRA's Services, Stanton, Norma 1976
46 6 Far Rockaway Latino Youth Survey, Traverzo, David 1995
46 7 Handbook of Club Responsibilities undated, 1992, 1994
46 8 Hispanics and Philanthropy: Policy Issues to Year 2000, Petrovich, Janice 1988
46 9 Implementing Successful Programs in New York City Schools: Making the Exception the Rule, Bennet, Michael, et. al. 1988
46 10 Interim Report: Student Voices: High School Students' Perspectives on the Latino Dropout Problem 1992
46 11 An Investment in Latino Youth, Invirtiendo en Nuestra Juventud - Student Packet undated
46 12 Legal Rights and Remedies of High School Dropouts and Potential Dropouts, Krieger, Dennis C. and Rebell, Michael A. 1974
Box Folder Title Date
47 1 Making the Vision a Reality: A Latino Action Agenda for Educational Reform/Final Report of the Latino Commission on Educational Reform, Reyes, Luis O. undated, 1994
47 2 Manual de la Serie de Talleres APEX 1995
47 3 Minority Dropouts: Systemic Failure in Inner City Schools, Reyes, Luis O. 1984
47 4 Minority Secondary Education in New York State and New York City, Calitri, Ronald 1983
47 5 Model for High School Dropout Prevention to Service: Louis D. Brandeis High School and Eastern District High School undated
47 6 The New York City Mayoral Candidates' Respond to "Towards a Puerto Rican/Latino Agenda for New York City 1989" 1989
47 7 Northeast Hispanic Needs: A Guide for Action, Volume II 1987
47 8 Organizing and Working with Parent Groups: A Manual for APEX Facilitators 1992
47 9 …and Others: A Report Card for the New York City Public Schools - Education Action Conference 1971
47 10 Program Manual 1968
Box Folder Title Date
48 1 Publications - General undated, 1977-1993
48 2 The 'Puerto Rican Exception': Persistent Poverty and the Social Policy of Linda Chávez, Institute for Puerto Rican Policy 1992
48 3 Puerto Ricans and the Assimilation Process, López Jr., Rudy 1982
48 4 A Question of Identity, Morales Jr., Julio 1963
48 5 Remarks and Speeches undated, 1985-1994
48 6 A Response to the Report: "Educational Progress of Students in Bilingual and ESL Programs - A Longitudinal Study 1990-1994" (Oct. 1994), Santiago Santiago, Isaura 1994
48 7 Striving for the Advancement of the Puerto Rican People: ASPIRA, Inc. of Illinois and the Chicago Puerto Rican Community, Montes, José Carlos 1993
48 8 Student Voices: High School Students Perspectives on the Latino Dropout Problem 1992
48 9 Toward a Vision for the Education of Latino Students: Community Voices, Student Voices undated, 1992
Box Item Title Date
OS VI 1 El Aspirante 1975
OS VI 2 The CUNY Courier 1974
OS VI 3 …these our children - District 12, The Bronx 1975

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Series X: Audio-Visual (1968-1983)

Scope and Content:

This series is inclusive of photographs, slides and videos that document many of the activities in which ASPIRA club members (Aspirantes) participated in. In addition, contained are photographs on Comité Noviembre and a video on Latinos and their relationship to science and math education. Of the materials related to the activities of the Aspirantes, the richest resources are the slides in the series. Documenting early annual trips to Puerto Rico, staff and stateside events, the slides provide a visualization of the vibrancy and benefit of ASPIRA's efforts to connect with Puerto Rican youth and to in turn put them in touch with their rich cultural heritage. Also included is a video that documents a mock trail held under the auspices of Project L.E.Y.E.S.

Box Folder Title Date
48 10 Photographs undated, 1968-1983
48 11 Activities, Students and Staff (Slides) undated
Box Folder Title Date
49 1-2 Activities, Students and Staff undated
49 3 ASPIRA in Puerto Rico - Student Trips 1974, 1976-1977, 1983
49 4 New Jersey 1976, 1978
49 5 Vieques undated
Box Item Title Date
50 Videotapes undated
50 Mock Trial undated
50 Proyecto Futuro: Making Science and Mathematics Work for Hispanics undated
50 Vanguard in the Vanguard undated

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