There are several recruiting actions you can take whether you have an established program or are just starting out. Set target dates and take note of which initiatives are most effective at your site.
A few of the common practices for informing students about ASPIRE include:
- Tabling at events where students and parents are present: registration, back-to-school nights, financial aid nights, parent-teacher conferences, etc.. Here you can talk with parents about the program and get signed permission forms completed.
- Ensure staff know about the program through formal and informal conversations and know they can refer potential students to you
- Visit classes to speak about ASPIRE, in addition to class meetings and assemblies
The most effective recruitment tool is satisfied students! Encourage students to refer their peers to the program.
Student management & REporting
- Student Drop-In Form: this tracker is especially useful for sites with unscheduled meetings with students or "ASPIRE Rooms"
- Student Matching Form: students can be matched to volunteer mentors based on shared traits, career goals, or mutual interests
- Student Tracker (High School): volunteers can track a student's progress, allowing any mentor to pick-up right where the last left off
- FAFSA Plus+: this online tool from OSAC lets site leaders track student FAFSA completion rates and see individual records
- In January and May of each year, site coordinators are required to report data about their program. This includes items such as number of volunteers, number of students involved, and frequency of college/career readiness activities
- Visit Reporting to learn more about this process.
For further reading about students, head to the next section: