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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RyoWe are an enthusiastic and committed group who works together to support Esperanza’s goals just as Esperanza has supported us with our personal and educational goals.

By definition, and "Esperanza Alumni Association Member" is someone who has graduated high school and has either received a scholarship through Esperanza and/or 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.



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

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.

Leadership roles

Council: The Esperanza Alumni Association Council purpose is to drive the efforts of the Alumni Association. Meetings are held month and we work on developing 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!



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.


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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