WASHINGTON, March 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The ASPIRA Association, the nation's largest national Latino non-profit organization dedicated to education, today announced the release of its Youth Development Program (YDP) Mobile App, developed with the generous support of the Verizon Foundation. The App, available for both IOs (Apple App Store) and Android devices (Google Play), allows youth across the country to access ASPIRA's award winning, comprehensive Youth Development curriculum and extensive educational resources from anywhere, at any time, from any device.
Over the past several years, with the support of the Verizon Foundation, ASPIRA has developed a host of programs to provide low-income Latino youth and families with access to the latest technologies, technology literacy, and technology tools to help increase student educational attainment. As Latino youth increasingly access the Internet through mobile devices, the development of the YDP Mobile App is a major step in broadening access by young people to ASPIRA's signature program.
ASPIRA's YDP Mobile App includes educational materials and a curriculum with over 35 modules on topics ranging from leadership, decision-making, and effective communications, to study habits, career selection, selecting a college, and college admissions. It combines text, interactive content, and extensive use of video. Students are able to select the modules they are interested in and complete them at their own pace.
"We are tremendously proud to have partnered with the Verizon Foundation for so many years to promote access and full use of technology and telecommunications in the Latino community, especially among low income inner-city Latino youth," said Ronald Blackburn Moreno, President and CEO of ASPIRA. "Our Aspirantes (ASPIRA youth) have benefitted enormously from the opportunities that technology provides to enhance their education and enrich their lives. Verizon's support of ASPIRA clearly demonstrates its strong commitment to the Latino community and to Latino youth. We are very grateful to the Verizon Foundation for enabling ASPIRA to continue being a leader in providing technology tools to our youth," added Blackburn-Moreno.
The ASPIRA Association, a non-profit organization, is a confederation of statewide ASPIRA organizations dedicated to education and leadership development of Puerto Rican and other Latino youth. Founded in 1961, it operates in Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Puerto Rico.
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