Orientation and Training
Volunteer to mentor high school students in your community.
Several opportunities are available to volunteer mentors to assist them in a successful
volunteer experience. As a mentor you will:
Show students that you believe in them
Teach students how to believe in themselves
Give advice about choices for after high school
Help students meet deadlines
Provide assistance with essays and applications
Direct students to scholarship resources
Meet as often as needed – suggested 1 to 2 hours per week
You will receive an orientation from your ASPIRE coordinator that will include:
Site tour and staff introductions
How to work with students
ASPIRE overview including: volunteer handbook, website, and webinar training schedule
After submitting a volunteer application and the criminal background check has been approved,
volunteers must watch 3 short required training videos before meeting with students.The coordinator
will provide access to these videos and additional site-specific trainings.
Each fall, ASPIRE coordinators and volunteers from throughout the state attend a one-day
conference designed to allow participants to expand their knowledge of the ASPIRE
program, network with other ASPIRE coordinators and volunteers, as well as explore post-secondary
options for Oregon students. Experts present workshops on a variety of topics that
pertain to the work of ASPIRE mentors. Past workshops topics have included:
- ACT and SAT training
- Writing winning scholarship essays
- Technical/vocational training programs in Oregon
- Best practices from experienced ASPIRE Coordinator working in successful ASPIRE
Find out more about the ASPIRE Fall Conference.
Contact your ASPIRE coordinator for details about next year's conference!