Fast Facts & Program Data
The Aspire Program
- Since 2002, Aspire has served more than 500 students and more than 250 teachers.
- Aspire is partnered with more than 40 public elementary schools in the Cleveland area.
- Students primarily attend schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools, East Cleveland City Schools, Warrensville City Schools and the Breakthrough Charter Schools.
- Aspire serves an average of 130 students and 40 teachers each summer.
- Aspire has maintained a 91% retention rate and 85% of students use program transportation.
- More than 85% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch and more than 80% come from homes in which no parent/guardian has completed a four-year degree.
- 96% of students miss less than 2 days of Aspire each summer.
- 94% of parents said they have seen their daughter grow and change at Aspire
100% of parents said they have seen their daughter increase her excitement about learning throughout her time at Aspire.
- 64% of former Aspire faculty currently work in the field of education.
- 100% of faculty agreed that Aspire offers new teachers an effective introduction to teaching, and that faculty learn components of high quality education at Aspire.
- 77% of the faculty stated working at Aspire solidified their interest in pursuing a career in education
- 62% of alumnae have completed a college degree or specialized training program compared to 18% of low-income students nationally.
- 70% of alumnae are enrolled in a degree or specialized training program.
- As a founding member of the National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA), launched in November, 2007 we can share best practices with a wider group of colleagues.
- On August 1, 2008 Aspire was featured on the front page of the Metro section of Cleveland's Plain Dealer for the third time in seven years.
- Aspire was one of three finalists for Northern Ohio Live's Awards of Achievement in the area of civic leadership. Aspire was also featured in the August 2006 issue of Northern Ohio Live in the Noble Pursuits section.
- The directors of Aspire were recognized by The Gund Foundation as emerging leaders of Cleveland. Cammy Dubie was one of 14 leaders who met with Gund board members in July of 2007.
- In 2010, founding directors Cammy Dubie, Koyen Shah, and executive director Natalie Celeste presented at that National Partnership for Educational Access annual conference.
- In 2016, Aspire hosted the 9th annual Private Schools with Public Purpose Symposium bringing together leaders from schools across the country to discuss meaningful public-private partnerships.
- The Aspire Program's current pledged endowment is $1.81 million.