Program Models

High School Program Options

Sites may choose to use one or more of the following options:

Scheduled: One-on-one with assigned mentor and/or group mentoring*

Drop-in: ASPIRE room is open for mentoring and trained volunteers are present; students may drop in and work with any available mentor

ASPIRE Class:Trained volunteers assist in one-on-one and group mentoring* in the classroom and can use the guided activities found in the suggested High School Workshops

Coordinator Mentor: ASPIRE Coordinator may serve and be counted as an ASPIRE mentor if school is designated as Rural Remote (Code 43) by the U.S. Dept. of Education

*Group Mentoring - Acceptable for all grade levels; juniors and seniors must also receive one-on-one mentoring help

Middle School Program Options

  Sites may also choose to use one or more of the following options:



Traditional Volunteer: An adult volunteer, eighteen years or older, recruited and screened by ASPIRE sites.

Episodic Volunteer: An adult volunteer, eighteen years or older, who leads college and career focused presentations and activities for groups of students in the presence of site staff (the site’s administration decides if one time presenters must complete a background check).

Peer Mentor: An ASPIRE high school junior or senior who has participated in the ASPIRE peer mentor training. Peer mentors are matched one-on-one or with small groups of middle school students.


Group Mentoring: ASPIRE curriculum is delivered by volunteers or teachers in a classroom or workshop setting. Students complete college and career focused activities with assistance from ASPIRE volunteers. Sites include permission forms in registration packets. Ideally, 100% of students return a signed permission form (administration will decide if students without permission forms can participate in ASPIRE activities in the classroom).

Special Event Model: Students with signed permission forms 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 trips and discuss the relevance of each activity (volunteer screening determined by site administration).

Peer Mentoring Model: ASPIRE students from nearby high schools meet one-on-one or with groups of ASPIRE middle school students. This program requires coordination between the high school and middle school coordinators. Peer mentors must complete the peer mentoring training before meeting with students.

Additional Program Model Tools

Using Texting to Support your Students: eASPIRE