Desire to Aspire believes in the importance of linking our community members to vital resources! As we currently serve the Chicago, IL, Columbia, MO, and Evanston, IL communities, many of our resources are geographically concentrated in these areas. If you are looking for specific resources in these communities and and are having a hard time, please contact outreach@desire2aspire.org. Browse our resources below!


Hey Parents! We know that you have a lot on your plate. Check out some of our resources. We hope that we can help you check some things off your to-do list. 


Hey Ladies! Here are some resources just for you. We know that womanhood presents its own obstacles, so we hope these resources can be of assistance!


Hey Aspirers! We know that you all are always looking for fun stuff to get into. Check out some of our fun activities that you can do at home!

Chicago Women's Empowerment Summit

The purpose of the Chicago Women’s Empowerment Summit is to provide women of all ethnicities with resources to lead healthy and successful lives. The Chicago Women’s Empowerment Summit hopes to positively impact the emotional, physical, and economic status of all women. Many panels and events target women who do not have sufficient access to resources or opportunities. This summit not only provides women with essential resources but the opportunity to network with a diverse group of professionals on varying topics. Our key event is the Chicago Baby Shower, which will provide low-income mothers with educational resources regarding pregnancy and child development, as well as free childcare products (i.e. clothing, bottles, diapers, etc).

An Apple A Day

Quality of care and health education amongst minorities and the underprivileged is far worse than that of larger society. This panel will educate women on health issues as well as provide on site screenings for STD’s, diabetes, and breast cancer.

Ready, Set, Interview!

As the job market becomes increasingly competitive, it is ever more important for you to know how to snag that dream job. Panelists will discuss how to search for jobs, ways to make yourself marketable, and essential interviewing tips. This panel also includes a resume workshop where participants can begin the process of resume writing or editing with assistance. 

Mind Your Business

Calling all entrepreneurs! If you are interested in learning the building blocks of starting or growing your business, then this panel is for you. Our panelists will discuss essential startup tips, the dos and don’ts of entrepreneurship, and how they branded successful businesses.

In The Red

Is your checkbook in the red? Our panelists will be sharing tips on how to help you better manage your finances. They will discuss ways to effectively save, wisely invest and make the most out of your dollar.

Extra Summit Activities

Free HIV Testing    |    Kid’s Corner    |    Raffle and Prizes    |    Networking Mixer  | Free Vaccines