Esperanza Programs

The primary focus of Esperanza is our student’s academic success by providing a structure of student reflection, goal setting, and support. When a student joins Esperanza, they complete an Individual Service Strategy (ISS), in which their current school performance and career goals are analyzed and an action plan is established to help guide their path toward promotion and graduation. These strategies may include tutoring, mentoring, Saturday Academy college visits, the Ohio Graduation Test club, and daily afterschool leadership classes. Throughout the year, this ISS is reviewed and altered to accommodate the student’s changing academic profile and career development.

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The purpose of the Esperanza Alumni Association is to create a community of past Esperanza students and scholarship recipients providing opportunities to network, reconnect, volunteer and build pride and hope for the Hispanic community’s future.

Who we are

RyoThe Esperanza Alumni Association is a group of exceptional, educated, and motivated individuals.

By definition, an ‘Esperanza Alumni Association Member’ is someone who has graduated high school and has either received an Esperanza Scholarship and/or has participated in an Esperanza program.

Are you eligible to be a member? Sign up now!

Not sure if you qualify? Contact us to find out.

Pictured at right is Ryo Takahashi Rivera, the first Esperanza Alumni Association-funded scholarship recipient.


Enhance your education and career path

As a member, you will have access to professional development opportunities and resources like our LinkedIn group, exclusive job/internship/scholarship postings, discounts to Hispanic companies/organizations, and amazing volunteer opportunities! Your commitment and participation will help our current students and families achieve their personal and educational aspirations.


The Esperanza Alumni Association seeks partnerships with companies in hopes to deliver win-win situations. Through mutually beneficial relationships, the Esperanza Alumni Association can be an extension of your commitment to educational inclusion, career development, and diversity plans. Download a brochure or contact adria@esperanzainc.org to learn more.

Submit an opportunity!

If you are a member of the EAA or a representative of an outside organization/company, consider submitting education and/or career opportunities As an EAA member, we encourage professional growth for our members. Submit openings that our members can apply for (scholarships, internships, jobs). Opportunities are carefully considered by internal Esperanza staff before sharing with members. Click to submit.

Volunteer and get involved!

Council: The Esperanza Alumni Association Council purpose is to drive the efforts of the Alumni Association. Meetings are held monthly and we work on developing and implementing the EAA’s goals. The members are:

  • Felicia Soto – President
  • Alexander Andrade – Vice-President
  • Lluvia Rodriguez – Public Relations
  • Jennifer Pacheco – Recording Secretary
  • Alberto Rodriguez – Committee member
  • Aida Idiaquez – Committee member
  • William Rodriguez – Committee member
  • Contact the council

College Ambassador: As a College Ambassador, you will have the opportunity to represent Esperanza at your current college/university campus, reconnecting and engaging all Esperanza alum at your educational institution. Contact Adria Hankey-Brown to learn more!

Learn more about our volunteer opportunities.


Connecting with your community

Submit a life event
  1. We encourage members to share life events. After all, we are family! Share your life event and you may see it in the upcoming EAA E-Newsletter!
  2. In your submission, please include your (a) First & Last Name, (b) Life Event Description, (c) Life Event Date, and (d) Photo
Share your story
  • Do you want to share your personal story about how Esperanza has helped you in the past and how your involvement in Esperanza has impacted your life? If you are interested, please contact us.
Update your information
  • Help the EAA keep our records current by telling us about any updates to your name, contact or employment/education information. This will help insure that you receive any relevant communications from the Esperanza Alumni Association. Submit your update.

Esperanza Fast Facts

  • Esperanza has awarded over $1 million in college scholarships to Greater Cleveland students since we opened in 1983.
  • 89% of Esperanza students are promoted to the next grade each year, and 78% graduate high school in four years.
  • Over 750 students and parents were served by Esperanza programs during the 2013-2014 school year.
  • Our partnership with CMSD (Cleveland Metropolitan School District) helped boost the four-year Hispanic high school graduation rate from 30% in 2010 to 61% in 2013.
  • Esperanza program participants are actively enrolled in school an average of 23 more days per year than non-participants.

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