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School wants you to ASPIRE to make a difference

Clackamas Middle College, a public charter high school in the North Clackamas School District, is inviting the public to volunteer in its ASPIRE (Access to Student Assistance Programs In Reach of Everyone) program.

Program Coordinator Karyn Renehan notes that ASPIRE matches adult mentors with seniors in order to help guide the students in one-on-one meetings through their next steps after high school, such as college applications, financial aid help and career exploration.

“Students who participate in this program benefit from support, encouragement and accountability to reach their academic, personal and career goals,” Renehan said. “Adults benefit from the knowledge that they are directly making a difference in their students’ lives. She especially encourages future educators, counselors or anyone who enjoys helping young people to apply.

Volunteers will commit to a flexible schedule of one to five hours per week during the school day from September to June, with monthly volunteer meetings. To get started as a mentor, you will need to attend two meetings for all new volunteers. Meetings already are scheduled on two Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m., Sept. 4 and 11, at CMC, 12021 S.E. 82nd Ave.

If you cannot attend the meeting dates, you can contact Renehan to schedule an alternative date. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-518-5825 ext. 18, for more details.