Orientation and Training

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
  • Site schedule
  • ASPIRE overview including: volunteer handbook, website, and training videos


After submitting a volunteer application and the criminal background check has been approved, volunteers must watch a series of required training videos before meeting with students.The coordinator will provide access to these videos and additional site-specific trainings.

Fall Conferences

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 Coordinators working in successful ASPIRE programs

Find out more about the ASPIRE Fall Conference.

Contact your ASPIRE coordinator for details about next year's conference!