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Volunteer Opportunities for Students
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What is ASPIRE?

ASPIRE (Access to student assistance programs in reach of everyone) is a program of the Oregon Student Assistance Commission (OSAC), and was developed as a collaborative project between OSAC and the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), a private nonprofit organization based in Portland, whose mission is to enhance nonprofit community development projects. ASPIRE began in 1998 after extensive research on how to encourage students who do not traditionally think of themselves as college bound. ASPIRE reaches those students who may not consider themselves college bound. These students lack awareness of their options, have limited financial resources, or their cultural and family expectations do not include postsecondary education. ASPIRE is designed to serve any student in the school. By being inclusive, the program is more likely to reach those students who feel they cannot attain a postsecondary education. 

ASPIRE helps high school students through one-on-one volunteer mentoring support. Activities include academic preparation, scholarship search and application, career exploration, and college choice. The ASPIRE Advisor positions attract a broad spectrum of adult volunteers. Three groups of adults seem particularly interested in volunteering: 1) parents/guardians of students at the ASPIRE school or feeder middle school, 2) professionals who are the first in the family to attend college, and 3) retired school teachers and administrators. 

Volunteer mentors are the back bone of the ASPIRE program. There is always a need for mentors here at Molalla High School. Our demographics is particularly suited for a program such as ASPIRE. Many of our students need that extra support and encouragement to help them work through all of the requirements and sometimes confusing steps to reach their educational goals. Many times students need help to find some direction for their future and talking with a mentor can be invaluable. If anyone is interested in becoming an ASPIRE volunteer mentor, please contact the Molalla High School ASPIRE coordinator, Gloria Kornilkin-Hagen,  at 503-759-7319 or e-mail [email protected]