Orientation and Training

Several opportunities are available to volunteer mentors to assist them in a successful volunteer experience. These training opportunities will ensure that, 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


After submitting your application materials to the site coordinator and being approved as a volunteer, you will receive an orientation from your ASPIRE coordinator including:

  • Site tour and staff introductions
  • Guidelines on how to work with students
  • Site schedule
  • ASPIRE tools (volunteer handbook, website, and training videos)

Before meeting with students, volunteers are required to watch the ASPIRE training videos along with any other site-specific training required.

Fall Conference

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. Learn more about Fall Conference and contact your ASPIRE coordinator for details on the next one!