Since 2012, the ASPIRE program (Active Student Participation Inspires Real Engagement) at Baptist Health has partnered with organizations including Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, The Able Trust and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities to provide opportunities for adults with intellectual and physical disabilities to become involved in mentorships and hands-on career exploration. A variety of departments within Baptist Health host ASPIRE students including Dietary Services, Environmental Services, Transportation, Supply Chain, Marketing and I.T.

The Baptist Health ASPIRE program helps set participants on the road to greater independence.

Youth Program

Students from Atlantis Academy or Atlantis L.I.F.E. programs (private school transition programs) are matched with Baptist Health leaders for a nine-month immersion in their respective department. Approximately 30 students participate each year across Baptist Health. The program accepts approximately 30 participants per cycle.

Students from the FIU-Dan Marino Foundation (private school transition programs) are matched with Baptist Health leaders for a 12-week immersion in their respective department. Approximately five students participate each year at Baptist Hospital of Miami. The program accepts approximately five participants per cycle.

Adult Program

Adults participate in a one-day shadowing experience with a Baptist Health leader who will serve as their mentor. Select participants are offered a 12-week paid internship opportunity in their mentor’s department. The program accepts approximately 10 participants per cycle. Over a dozen graduates of the ASPIRE internship program have gone on to part-time or full-time employment at Baptist Health.


Robin Tellez, D.M., RN
Program Director Robin Tellez, D.M., RN
Yanilia Matos
Program Specialist Yanilia Matos 786-527-9586 YaniliaM@BaptistHealth.net

Commitment to Excellence

Our program is committed to providing the resources, support and foundation for achieving academic excellence aligned with the guiding principles of service, quality, knowledge and diversity.

30% of program graduates go on to be employed by Baptist Health
47 students completed this program as of 2019
2012 program was founded
$136,000 given in scholarships since program inception


Eligibility Requirements and Application Schedule

Our program attracts, trains and retains excellent healthcare professionals to serve the South Florida community. Program participants will be trained to be collaborative, culturally competent and patient- and family-centered professionals who follow the guiding principles of service, quality, knowledge and diversity.

Eligibility Prerequisites

  • Participants must be aged 16 or older as of the start of the program
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited LIFE program (youth program)
  • Currently enrolled in Dan Marino Foundation FIU (youth program)
  • Graduated from an accredited high-school or received a GED (adult program)

Application Requirements

  • Baptist Health Supplemental Health Form (vaccinations, Flu and Tb verifications)
  • Background check (initiated by program after application is complete)
Acceptance and admission to the program is contingent on submission of all requested materials and meeting all eligibility requirements as determined by the program.

Application Timeline

  • Where do applicants go to apply? Download applications below
  • When are applications accepted? June to September (Adults)
    August & September (Youth)
  • When are candidate interviews? October (Adults)
    September (Youth)
  • When are candidates matched/notified of acceptance? November to December (Adults)
    September (Youth)
  • When does the program start? February (Adults)
    October (Youth)

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