Established in 2001, Asian Sisters Participating In Reaching Excellence, Inc. (ASPIRE) is a Boston-based, volunteer-run, non-profit organization that supports the professional and personal growth of Asian American girls and women. Our mission is to engage, educate, and empower Asian American girls and women to become effective lifelong leaders.
ASPIRE acknowledges the specific socio-cultural pressures faced by Asian American girls and women and targets these issues to develop their leadership and career skills. We recognize the need to develop leadership programs for women and youth, but also to address leadership through the lens of an Asian American female in America. One of our main focuses is to eliminate the widely perpetuated "model minority" myth and to help young Asian American women create their own story on their path to success. By tailoring our programs for girls and women in Boston’s diverse and growing Asian communities, we hope that we can truly make a change in the perception of Asian American women in our society and in the minds of the girls and women we serve.
With a strong membership base of more than 1,700 members nationwide and more than 150 volunteers, ASPIRE aims to create a cross-generational community of Asian American girls and women that fosters dialogue, learning, support, mentoring, self-exploration, and relationships beyond ASPIRE. By strengthening our own sense of community and connectedness, we hope to provide women of all ages with programs that serve as a vehicle to learn from each other, inspire social change, and encourage and promote leadership in Asian American girls and women.