Aspire/African Legends Program
grew out of the need to assist youngsters in the development of skills necessary to become successful when taking standardized tests. It is our belief that youngsters perform better when they are familiar and comfortable with the material. Ozanam’s ASP (afterschool program) and Summer Camp staff provide activities that not only promote the standards, but engage the students in meaningful and innovative standards driven activities. During the school year, students bring their standards driven homework to the ASP and the Ozanam staff and tutors from Duquesne University work with the youngsters to complete their assignments, and take a step further to engage the students in additional activities that promote that skill and/ or talk about what skill was being measured and why. Our summer camp provides classes for our students. Each day, the youngsters attend a standards driven reading and a standards driven math class. Ozanam professionals engage students in the learning process with fun and innovative ways that enrich the student’s knowledge of the Pennsylvania Standards for reading and math and enhance their ability to challenge that knowledge. Ozanam is an advocate of the Pittsburgh Promise and a member of APOST.