Administered by the Oregon Student Assistance Commission, ASPIRE (Access to Student assistance Programs In Reach of Everyone) is Sweet Home’s official mentoring program to help students access education and training beyond high school. Students receive information about college options, admission, and financial aid from trained and supportive, ASPIRE volunteer mentors who work one-on-one with them throughout the year. ASPIRE serves students by:
- Helping high schools build a sustainable community of volunteer advisors
- Educating students and families about the scholarship application process and other options for paying for postsecondary education
- Providing advising, resources, and encouragement to help students access education and training beyond high school
ASPIRE is for all students. It is an all-comer’s program and serves the entire student body. Any student who believes they can benefit from an ASPIRE advisor is welcomed and encouraged to participate. By being inclusive, ASPIRE ensures that all of Sweet Home’s students have many options for a fulfilling future beyond high school.
- Meet with your volunteer advisor regularly as a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior.
- Receive the resources you need to have a successful transition into your career after high school graduation.
- Contact your ASPIRE coordinator/Career Center to sign up. All students are welcome!
- Ensure that you and your student sign and return he ASPIRE Student Participation Agreement
- Get involved by becoming an ASPIRE volunteer advisor
- Contact the ASPIRE coordinator/Career Center at the high school for more information.
Volunteer ASPIRE Advisors are assigned to work one-on-one with students, guiding them through important steps toward postsecondary education. The ASPIRE Advisor position attracts a broad spectrum of adult volunteers. Many are parents/guardians of students in the district, professionals, some of whom are the first in their family to attend college, or retired community members. Volunteers do not have to have attended college themselves to be effective ASPIRE advisors.
- Receive training and resources from ASPIRE staff to successfully work with students.
- Mentor 1-5 students, one-on-one to assist them with postsecondary education planning, career choice, financial aid and admissions, and scholarship applications.
- Participate in the ASPIRE fall conference webinars, trainings, and more…
To become involved in ASPIRE as a student or volunteer advisor, please contact:
Kristin Adams, ASPIRE Coordinator
1641 Long St., Sweet Home, OR 97386