The site administration page connects you with resources to support the ASPIRE program in your middle school, high school, or community based organization.
Group Mentoring: ASPIRE program activities are delivered by volunteers or teachers in a classroom or workshop setting. Students complete college and career focused activities with assistance from ASPIRE volunteer (volunteer screening determined by site administration).
Special Event Model: Students attend college and career focused presentations given by episodic volunteers, participate in job shadows, go on field trips to college campuses and participate in other ASPIRE activities. Volunteers help to direct conversations during events and discuss the relevance of each activity (volunteer screening determined by site administration). After the event, be sure to regroup after to reflect on and discuss the experience and any questions students may have.
Peer Mentoring Model: ASPIRE students from nearby high school sites meet one-on-one or with groups of ASPIRE middle school students. This model requires coordination between the high school and middle school ASPIRE coordinators. Peer mentors must complete the peer mentoring training provided by the high school before meeting with students.
NACAC created this curricula to offer training for counselors and others who work with underrepresented and underserved students to provide comprehensive tools for meeting the needs of first-generation students and their families.
Believing the College Dream is a curriculum guide that supports teachers, counselors and community organization staffs in their work to increase the expectations of attending college by prospective low-income, first-generation college students in grades 4-8. ECMC partnered with the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships to create Believing the College Dream as a resource to address these issues.
OSAC Mini Lessons, the middle school collection of ASPIRE mini lessons contains a set of five lessons that focus on career exploration and introducing a variety of postsecondary pathways. You can learn more about each of the mini lessons.
Use the links below to download an ASPIRE logo for you to use.
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