Getting Ready to ASPIRE

Getting Ready to ASPIRE for Middle School Students

Volunteer to mentor middle and high school students in your community.

What is Getting Ready to ASPIRE?

A group mentoring pilot project that introduces planning for training and education beyond high school to middle school students and their families. The program is structured so that the curriculum fits within the site’s schedule in a way that best suits its existing program. Screened and trained volunteers and site staff will deliver the components of the program to classes or assemblies on a monthly basis. Site staff will be present at all times. The curriculum includes career exploration; college financial planning; high school graduation requirements and course rigor; and the importance of extracurricular and community activities. Each training component is freestanding to make the delivery schedule more flexible.

Access to Student Programs in Reach of Everyone

“Getting Ready to ASPIRE” is the middle school version of a volunteer mentor program administered by Oregon Student Access Commission through ODE. ASPIRE is Oregon’s official mentoring program to assist students in preparing for education and training beyond high school.

Students at this level learn about themselves, their personal preferences, and strengths. They receive assistance in mapping high school and post-high school plans that support their strengths and interests. Trained mentors present career exploration activities to students.  Those activities may be either paper-pencil, or computer based. Siuslaw Middle School uses the Oregon Career Information System Jr. as their online component.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer ASPIRE mentor at Siuslaw Middle School, please contact Sarah Girard, ASPIRE Staff Coordinator at 541-997-8241