2012 Annual Report
It was a very busy and most exciting year for A.S.P.I.R.E. We continued to make strides and engaged a number of school-aged youth in service-oriented and enrichment activities throughout various communities.
During the year, we served over 1000 students directly, countless students, indirectly, and recorded over 3500 hours of community service and engagement in community enrichment; by volunteering and participating in several local community outreach activities and events.
A.S.P.I.R.E. students, in grades K–12, engaged in various activities throughout Austin; including receiving hands-on golf instruction from LPGA and PGA members; marching from University of Texas-Austin to Huston-Tillotson University in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.;completing community service at Brown Santa and Blue Santa facilities; touring campuses at Huston-Tillotson University and the University of Texas-Austin, learning and practicing computer coding at KidsCode Camp; and creating a scripted broadcast at U.T.’s School of Journalism during Explore U.T.
We reported for our tour of duty during Camp Mabry’s Open House, attended workshops, seminars, and presentations on Teen Dating Violence, the Dangers of Drugs and Alcohol Abuse, College-Readiness, and promoted Austin’s Live Tobacco Free campaign.
We had an opportunity to meet and engage with some wonderful people along the way; including, Sheriff Greg Hamilton of the Travis County Sheriff’s Department, Chief Art Acevedo of the Austin Police Department, Dr. Larry L. Earvin, President of Huston-Tillotson University. We were also embraced by Superintendent Charles Dupree of Pflugerville ISD, and Emmy Award Winner Mario Armstrong at SXSW’s B.i.T. awards ceremony. Time-permitting, we posed for photos with these and a few other notables along our journey.
ZUMBA was a HIT! Although not a typical after school student activity, we orchestrated, a first time ever, afterschool ZUMBA class at a local middle school. FREE ZUMBA classes were offered to the school’s students, their families, and staff members. ZUMBA experienced unimagined growth; with the largest rate of increase demonstrated among the school’s student population, followed by their parents.
In nine weeks, our ZUMBA classes logged a total of over 800 hours of added physical activity among intergenerational members in the school’s community, to over 1000 students and their families, increasing access to and the opportunity for co-participation in improving the health and fitness of countless families. Physical fitness is a key to the overall success of us all, young and old, and A.S.P.I.R.E. is dedicated to improving fitness levels of the youth in our communities, and their families.
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