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Who We Are
Aspire for Greatness began as a labor of love for Founder Dave Hahn who saw a need for the youth of the Fremont community that was left unmet. He joined together with several other people to form a new youth center to provide a safe environment for youth in 5th through 12th grade, and through the age of 19 years old for any youth in the community who are in need of our programming. In 2020 Aspire for Greatness was formed as a non-profit organization. In June 2021 Good Shepherd Lutheran church graciously offered to host our program so that we could begin in September 2021.
For the youth in our community to reach their full potential there are several needs that we intend to meet. The goal of Aspire for Greatness is to provide those youth with a safe and encouraging environment when they are not in school. Beyond simply providing them with a safe place to be however, community volunteers will provide them with positive role models as mentors and tutors. The foundation of the programming will be anchored to Biblical truth, helping the participants realize their worth and purpose. Teaching the participants that they are wonderfully made by God, with specific talents and gifts, and created on purpose for a purpose. At our heart, our program is dedicated to fostering a sense of community, self-worth, and value in local youth. Through a partnership with Lifehouse Care Corps as well as a grant from the Dodge County Juvenile Justice System, Aspire is able to provide food to the youth at our after school program. Additionally, the grant provides us the ability to offer incentives for positive behaviors and academic achievements to the youth who participate in our programs.
Kristen Widman serves as Aspire's Executive Director and has served Aspire from its beginning with Dave Hahn, Heather Walraven, and Chris Leaver. In addition to founding Aspire, Dave Hahn also served as the President of the Board of Directors until his passing on February 2, 2023. The current Aspire Board of Directors includes Heather Walraven, Cindy Reed, Shawn Miller, Peter Jacobus, Adam Marshall, and Kristen Widman. Aaron VonBehren serves as the Program Coordinator for the after school and summer programs.
Aspire for Greatness offers a safe place, access to supportive adults, snacks and meals, faith based lessons, mentoring opportunities, physical activities, clubs and other enrichment opportunities, and an opportunity to build community in-house as well as with community partners. We continue to provide services in areas of the community where youth services are needed, specifically for youth in middle school and high school.