Afterschool and summer programs for at risk children and youth

You DID it...$1,000,000 Raised!

Arlington Mill Community Center Is OPEN!

150 supporters and well wishers join Aspire! to celebrate the new space!

On Thursday, June 6, 2019 Aspire! held its celebratory ribbon cutting and opened its newly expanded space in time for summer camp at the Arlington Mill Community Center in South Arlington.

Students in the program and their families joined more than 150 attendees including local community leaders, project partners, supporters, Aspire! staff and volunteers to mark the project’s completion and see the beautiful new space. 

“This truly has been the most amazing public-private partnership between Aspire! and Arlington County,” Aspire! Board Chair Steve Manlove told the audience. “Words can’t express how thrilled and grateful we are to achieve this amazing feat, thanks to the incredible generosity of our partners, donors, and supporters.” 

Aspire! presented plaques of gratitude to building partners, including HITT, Perkins+Will, GHT, and HomeAid Northern Virginia.

Then it was time for the moment everyone came to see.

County Board Chair Christian Dorsey cut the ribbon alongside several Aspire! students, and the celebration began!

Also in attendance were:

County Board member Matt de Ferranti
Former County Board members Mary Hynes and Walter Tejada
Virginia Delegate Alphonso Lopez
Parks and Recreation Director Jane Rudolph
Representatives of Arlington Public Schools, APAH, AHC Inc., Wesley Housing, A-SPAN, Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Arlington Economic Development, Arlington Free Clinic, Clarendon Alliance, CPRO, and the Scheidel, Meyer and Arlington Community Foundations.
County Board Chair Christian Dorsey cuts the ribbo​n alongside several Aspire! students.
Aspire!'s building partners are appreciated.
From top left, Steve Manlove, Aspire! Board Chair thanks:
      - Gary Chandler, HomeAid Northern Virginia
      - Paul O'Brien, GHT Limited
      - Mitch Filipowicz, HITT; Richard Cotter, RCD; Ana Sierra and                Alex Price, HITT
      - Michelle Manuel and Tom Gregory, Perkins+Will

Without Aspire!, our students would have no afterschool support.

Demand for Aspire!'s programs is at an all time high. Even with programs at four sites in Arlington, we have a long waiting list in the Arlington Mill neighborhood and beyond. The new site will allow us to incrementally expand our services to serve more at-risk students than ever before, meeting more of the need. Without our services, there is simply no other place for them to go. 

In the last five years, Aspire!’s flagship program, “Learning ROCKS!,” helped more than 90 percent of its students improve their reading ability. Currently the program serves 120 at-risk, upper elementary-age students in the immediate area; we look forward to serving even more students in the new space this summer.

Your support matters. Please help us expand outreach to at-risk students: thank you! 

Thank you Building Partners!

Thank you Major Contributors!

John Andelin and Ginger Geoffrey

Inavale Foundation

John and Chris Sutton

Watch our video about moving to Arlington Mill

Take a virtual tour of our new space