“It’s an honor to participate in any way possible for such a great cause. Thank you for what you are doing. It’s a blessing to see your sincere love for these girls and their families!” — Valerie Hayslett

Programs & Community Outreach

Aspirations of Life’s programs are designed to improve the quality of life for youth and families who reside in Chicago and surrounding south suburban communities. Aspirations of Life provides valuable services in order to create healthier and stronger communities.

Community Outreach- The intent of community outreach initiatives is to support the community. Each initiative is designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low- income families, or those dealing with extreme circumstances. Listed is our annual initiatives:

  • MLK: Fulfilling the Promise- This initiative is inspired by the vision and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to offer service to the community.  Fulling the Promise provides a platform for us to offer supports to those experiencing homelessness by providing hot soup, warm winter items and care packages.
  • Empower 8- A day of mentoring that engages 8th grade girls in educational workshops that include; leadership, proper etiquette, body images, how to properly wear undergarments and healthy relationships. Following workshops girls shop with a mentor to assist them in finding the perfect dinner dance and graduation attire. Through this program girls also receive a scholarship to assist with graduation and dinner dance fees.
  • Holiday Helping Hands- Provides support to families and individuals throughout the month of December by offering Helping Hands through a variety of initiatives. Such as: 
    • Providing hot meals, toys, warm winter items and care packages that include household and hygiene items.
    • Adopt- A- Family- provides support  for families experiencing extreme circumstances
    • Senior Homes- Provide and afternoon of joy through lunch, games and prizes. 

Road to College-  is a college preparation program for high school students. The program is engineered to equip them with the skills and education needed to obtain access to college. Students who participate in the program will gain skills to increase independence and life skills needed to become successful in college and throughout their lives. Students engage in workshops; cultural outing and college visits. The overall goal of this program is to train youth in areas of leadership, accountability, social skills, and to provide opportunities for students to access college.

Family Support Services:

Case Management- Advocates to provide options and services to meet individual and family needs.

D.I.V.A Female Mentoring Program
D.I.V.A (Distinguished~ Intelligent~ Valued~ Articulate) is a girls mentoring program that provides services for girls ages 10-17 years of age.

 

S.W.A.G Male Mentoring Program
S.W.A.G (Successful~ Wise~ Accountable~ Gifted)  is a program that provides services to young men ages 10-17 years of age.

 

Both programs are tools that will ultimately help form strong and responsible leaders of tomorrow. They provide support in the areas of behavior, values, confidence, academics, teamwork, self- esteem, conflict resolution, healthy relationship building, careers, money management and intern opportunities. These programs have proven to increase and build self- confidence, resilience, and promote behaviors that help youth to rise beyond present circumstances to reach their full potential.

adult_literacyLiteracy ProgramGirls Books and Beyond (GBB) is designed to encourage girls to read regularly. The program inspires children to become life-long readers. It provides intervention that result in long-term literacy achievement. The ultimate goal is to increase fluency rates, deepen comprehension of informational content, and increase precision in sentence writing.

Get Fit Stay Healthy (GFSH)-The program helps to provide health awareness, and prevention information that will help to prolong and enhance the quality of lives. It will also help limit childhood obesity and increase awareness to reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke among other chronic illnesses as youth become adults.