Community celebrates ASPIRE Center

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Community celebrates ASPIRE Center

5:47 p.m. PDT October 5, 2015

North Salem High School last week celebrated the opening of a mentoring center on campus.

Oregon state legislators, representatives of the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC), Salem-Keizer Public Schools and the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation gathered alongside teachers and students Oct. 1 at North Salem High School for the official opening of the school’s ASPIRE Center.

The ASPIRE Center at North Salem High School will give students a space to meet with volunteer adult mentors one-on-one to explore careers, schools and scholarship opportunities, edit applications and essays, and maintain a focused timeline to meet their goals.

“Every student will have a pathway for their future,” said North Salem High School Principal Cynthia Richardson. “They will know what opportunities are available to them.”

ASPIRE (Access to Student Assistance Programs in Reach of Everyone) is a statewide mentoring program that matches trained volunteers with middle and high school students to help the students develop a plan for their education and career goals after graduation.

The program is run through OSAC and is active in 168 high schools, middle schools, community-based organizations and colleges in Oregon. The partnership with the district and foundation will offer the first districtwide ASPIRE program.

npate@StatesmanJournal.com, (503) 399-6745, or follow on Twitter @Nataliempate

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Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is the education reporter for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon. Natalie has previously worked for organizations and publications such as Direct Relief International, Waging Non-Violence, and Amnesty International USA. She has had stories published with USA Today, Associated Press and Ozy, among others. Natalie earned her B.A. in Politics and French and Francophone Studies (FFS) from Willamette University. During her studies, she wrote a Politics thesis titled, "No One is Dying: How and Why the U.S. Federal Government Avoids Executing Prisoners on Federal Death Row" and an FFS thesis, in French, on cannibalism in the 16th and 17th centuries. Natalie is a journalist, performer, traveler, fiction writer and more. She is working to publish her dystopian novella, "Choice," which follows a man during 24 hours in solitary confinement for allegedly committing murder. For more information on Natalie visit www.about.me/natalie_pate, like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nataliepatejournalist, or follow Natalie on Twitter (@Nataliempate) or Tumblr (Nataliempate blog "In the Shoes of a Journalist"). Her reporting with the Statesman Journal can also be found at www.StatesmanJournal.com.

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