What is ASPIRE?

ASPIRE (Access to Student assistance Programs In Reach of Everyone) is a volunteer-based program that connects students with mentors from the community. Mentors will meet with students to discuss future plans, set goals, and build a relationship that enriches the process of pursuing postsecondary education, training, or workforce support.

ASPIRE volunteers have the opportunity to walk this journey with their partnered students and not only share in their struggles and decisions, but also their joy and excitement. The encouragement that comes from caring, committed, and trusted adults can be a prime factor in determining whether a student will pursue post-secondary education. It is a truly rewarding experience for all involved.

Mentoring students foster their interest in education/training beyond high school, improves classroom attendance, increases academic performance, and gives students hope for their future. Successful mentors have an interest in working with youth, are reliable and consistent, follow program policies and procedures, and bring enthusiasm to the role. Visit ASPIREoregon.org to learn even more! 

Volunteer ASPIRE mentors are assigned to work one-on-one with students, guiding them through important steps toward postsecondary education. The ASPIRE mentor position attracts a broad spectrum of adult volunteers. Many are parents/guardians of students at the ASPIRE school, professionals, some of whom are the first in their family to attend college, or retired community members. Volunteers do not have to have attended college themselves to be effective ASPIRE mentors.

ASPIRE Students

ASPIRE is for all students. It is an all-comer's program and serves the entire student body. Any student who believes they can benefit from an ASPIRE mentor is welcomed and encouraged to participate. By being inclusive, ASPIRE ensures that all of Oregon's students have many options for a fulfilling future beyond high school.


In the Canby School District we are determined to create a strong career & college going culture in our high school. Canby High School ASPIRE has embraced the State of Oregon's ASPIRE program that offers education, support, and mentoring opportunities for all students. ASPIRE student supports include 1:1 mentoring, group mentoring, and activities or events that focus on career exploration, career and college research, admission applications, scholarship, and financial aid. If students choose to participate in the mentor program, it is important to know that all ASPIRE staff and community mentors go through a background check and that confidentiality is required as mentors will have access to student academics records. Mentoring will take place in person or in a combination of virtual, electronic communication following Canby High School ASPIRE Site/Canby SChool District guidelines. If you do NOT want your child to participate in the ASPIRE program, please contact your Canby High School College and Career Coordinator to opt out of the ASPIRE program.