ASPIRE – College Advisory
The ASPIRE Program (A.ccess to S.tudent assistance P.rograms I.n R.each of E.veryone) is proactive strategy that encourages students to seek education and training beyond high school.
ASPIRE at Ashland High School:
- Helps students value learning about themselves and their gifts and talents
- Provides students with someone to actively listen to them and advocate for them
- Helps students access education and vocational training beyond high school
- Provides mentoring and resources about college and financial aid for students
- Increases the number of students seeking and receiving scholarships and other financial assistance and decreases the number of students who drop-out
ASPIRE is Oregon’s official mentoring program. Students receive information from trained ASPIRE volunteer mentors who work one-on-one with them throughout the year. Beginning with initial funding from The Oregon Community Foundation, four pilot schools were launched in 1998. Oregon high schools apply and compete to participate in the ASPIRE program. Today, ASPIRE has expanded to 115 sites across Oregon and annually engages over 1,000 volunteers, and reaches more than 11,000 students from all walks of life. Ashland’s ASPIRE program is one of the largest and most successful programs in the state.
Mentors help students navigate the various postsecondary options, including finding a job, two- and four-year colleges, technical/vocational schools, and apprenticeship programs. Mentors also help students explore financial aid options including searching and applying for scholarships or filling out the FAFSA. Students who participate in ASPIRE receive one-on-one mentoring. Other students at AHS may receive information and assistance at workshops or drop-in hours that are open to everyone. Mentors come from all walks of life and include parents, professionals and business people from the local community, retired educators, and college students that enhance and extend services in conjunction and cooperation with the high school counselors. Mentors are also friends and confidants who are active listeners for the students they assist. They let the student know that someone is there to advocate for them.
VOLUNTEERS - How can I help?
- Get on the list to become a mentor. If selected, you’ll receive training/support and can volunteer as much time as your schedule allows.
- Share your professional expertise. Volunteer to come in and give a presentation to our students about your chosen profession.
- Sign up to volunteer as our resource and research aid, providing valuable information to our team.
- ASPIRE at AHS relies on donations for “extras”. - Donate a coffee box or goodies for our monthly mentor meetings.
- Donate Thank You cards or stationary, journals or other supplies that can be used with our mentors and students.
Click Here to access the Mentor Application Packet
Click Here to access the Mentor/Advisor Handbook
STUDENTS – How do I participate in the ASPIRE program?
Click Here to access the Student Participation Application
Please fill out the application form with your parents and bring it to the Counseling Center.
For more information, contact AHS ASPIRE Program Director, Jennifer Marsden