Community celebrates ASPIRE Center


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

Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is a freelance journalist and author based in Salem, Oregon. She wrote about education for more than seven years at the Statesman Journal and now covers education and other topics throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French from Willamette University.

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