ASPIRE stands for Access to Student assistance Programs in Reach of Everyone.  ASPIRE is a state wide program managed by Oregon Student Access Commission and facilitated through SKEF (Salem-Keizer Education Foundation) for the local school district.  Currently ASPIRE is housed in each middle and high school in Salem Keizer School District.  ASPIRE, currently helps middle and high school students access education and training beyond high school. Students receive information about college and career options, admission, financial aid from trained and supportive, and ASPIRE volunteer mentors who work one-on-one with them throughout the year.

ASPIRE serves students by:

  • Helping high schools build a sustainable community of volunteer mentors
  • Educating students and families about the scholarship application process and other options for paying for postsecondary education
  • Providing mentoring, resources, and encouragement to help students access education and training beyond high school

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.

Please visit the ASPIRE for more details regarding ASPIRE Opportunities at South Salem High School, or to apply today!

Current Mentoring Opportunities

Check out the following volunteer opportunities available through the South Salem High School - Willamette University Tutoring and Mentoring Program. Check "Get More Info" for each volunteer opportunity if you want more information or "Sign Me Up" if you are ready to begin once your background check and application have been submitted. Please submit your name and email address and we will get back to you.

South Salem High School is located at 1910 Church St. SE Salem, OR. 97302. Approx. 2 blocks South of Bush Park.

Athletics Study Hall (Mr. Plank Room 234)
Volunteer 1 day a week or more for Athletics Study Hall which is a 30-minute lunch time study hall for athletes who have struggled or who are struggling with academics and are in danger of being ineligible. You do not need to be an athlete to help in this class. Looking for positive influences to check on kids' academic study and work habits while in study hall.

T/W/Th | 10:45am-11:15am or 12:15am-12:45am

Tutorial Center Mentor (Mr. Plank and Mrs. McFarland)

Drop-in Classroom where students come to get help throughout the day. Mostly study skill help needed. Classroom is open M-F 9am-330pm to assist students who drop in and need help. There is a full time teacher in the classroom. Willamette students serve as help in the classroom and can set up appointments with students to meet again for future help.

M-F (Any time that works for you between school hours) | 7:40am-3:30pm

Request more information

Please fill out your name and email address to request more information about the volunteer opportunities you have expressed interest in above.