Middle School Programs

Sites using a one-on-one or small group mentoring model can use trackers to make sure students are progressing through the curriculum. It also helps volunteers and staff get an idea of where each student's head is at when it comes to their future.

Activities for students

ASPIRE activities at middle schools focus more on introducing the idea of college and career training, as well as some initial personal reflection. ASPIRE and our partners have great resources for programming. The lesson plans below vary in length, scope, and internal reflection. Use the program(s) that best fit your student population and available resources:

  • Developing a Student Portfolio, Career Interests, Volunteering, College Exploration

  • Identifying Goals, Why go to College, How to get to College, Family/Parent Resources

  • What's Different in Middle School?, Middle School Success, Goal Setting, Time Management, Ignoring Distractions

  • Personal Reflection, Setting a Path, Value of Education, Financial Aid Myths, Succeeding in College

  • Identifying Values, Academic Goals & Motivation, Overcoming Changes & Challenges, Parent/Family Conversations