ASPIRE Family Literacy 

Research shows that one of the most effective ways to help children be successful in school is to educate their parents. The ASPIRE (Achieving Success through Parental Involvement, Reading, and Education) program takes a holistic approach to serving CIS families. The program works to break the cycle of illiteracy, unemployment, and poverty within the families by providing educational services to the whole family.  ASPIRE reaches out to families in four ways:

  • adult education
  • early childhood education
  • parenting education
  • intergenerational literacy activities
ASPIRE adults attend English as a Second Language or GED Preparation classes and parenting classes while their children attend literacy rich, developmentally appropriate early childhood education classes. All ASPIRE families also receive monthly home visits by parent educators. ASPIRE is based at Andrews Elementary School and serves families who live in the 78723 and 78752 zip codes.
For more information about ASPIRE, please contact Kirsten Siegfried at (512) 464-9711 or email

Volunteer Opportunities
All volunteer positions are at Andrews Elementary School at the following times:

  • Day: Tuesday - Friday
  • Time: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Literacy Tutor
Duties: Provide individual tutoring in English as a Second Language and/or GED Preparation to parents. Work in close collaboration with ASPIRE staff to integrate learning experiences throughout the program. Time Commitment: At least two hours each week. Qualifications: Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills as well as patience and flexibility required; knowledge of language acquisition helpful; experience working with low-income families preferred.

Early Childhood Classroom Assistant
Duties: Educate and entertain infants or toddlers (children ages 0 - 3). Organize and/or participate in such activities as singing, reciting nursery rhymes, reading stories, rolling a ball, playing make-believe, finger painting, playing sorting or matching games. If the volunteer requests the infant classroom, activities may also include holding and rocking babies. Time Commitment: At least one morning a week for two hours or more. Qualifications: Must like to work with small children, have patience and understanding, be tolerant of spills and messy art work, be responsible, positive and willing to be silly.  Bilingual preferred, but not required.

Special Projects Volunteer
Duties: Work on projects to enhance the ASPIRE Program. Projects in the past have included assembling book and activity take-home packets for families and building educational games for parents to play with their children. Projects can be adapted to suit the talents of each volunteer. Qualifications: Must be creative, interested in literacy, dependable and have good judgment and initiative.

Children's Recreation Activity Leader - Summer Only 
Duties: Work with a group of school-aged students, 6 - 12 years old, providing structure for activities such as assisting with homework, playing board games or cards, playing group games indoors and outdoors, planning special activities. The experience of the volunteer helps to determine activities; a specific area of interest can be incorporated. Volunteers work with ASPIRE staff. Time Commitment: At least one morning a week, for three hours or more. Qualifications: Must be interested in working with school-age children, be patient and supportive and like to have fun with kids. Must be able to attend regularly.

For more information about ASPIRE volunteer opportunities, please call Joyce Martin at (512) 464-9701 or email

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