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Middle School Mentoring
mentoring Springfield's middle school mentoring program began in 2012. Hamlin joined Oregon's ASPIRE middle school network last year and now adds ASPIRE resources to those available for mentors. 
Here's how it works:
  • Mentors are assigned up to 3 students each. You will stay with that student through his or her middle school years.
  • Mentors will meet with each student for a minimum of 3 times a year, at the end of each grading period (fall, winter and spring).
  • Mentor conferences are held during the school day and last about 30 minutes each.
  • The total minimum time commitment is about 6 hours (including a training session), but arrangements can be made to meet with students more often.


ASPIRE is a program of OSAC (Oregon Student Access and Completion). ASPIRE is a mentoring program that matches trained and supportive adult volunteer mentors with middle and high school students to develop a plan to help them meet their education goals beyond high school. In addition to the data-driven approach taken through the Middle College program, ASPIRE offers an array of resources for mentors to use in working with students. Click here to view ASPIRE's Volunteer Toolkit for valuable tips about meeting with your students.
Being a mentor takes just a small time commitment, but can make a huge impact on a student's education.

The opportunity to connect with a caring adult can make a big difference in a student's life. Mentors can also help guide students to think comprehensively about future plans and reinforce the idea that any student can pursue a post-secondary education.
All new mentors are required to attend one training session. Returning mentors are encouraged to attend to review materials.
At Agnes Stewart
Contact Sue Hiebenthal at 541-988-2520 for more information. Click here to see the flyer.
 Oct. 8
Mentor Conferences for 7th- and 8th-Grade Students  Sign Up
 Oct. 22
New Mentor Training
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 Nov. 18-19
Fall Mentor Conferences
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 Feb. 10-11
Winter Mentor Conferences
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 April 13-14
Spring Mentor Conferences
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 June 14
Mentor Celebration

At Hamlin Middle School
Contact Cynthia Nagao at 541-744-6356 x264 for more information.
 Sept. 24
 ASPIRE/Middle College Training Session
 Sept. 30
 8:30-10:00 Back-to-School Conferences for 8th-Grade Mentors
  Sign Up
 Oct. 1
  Back-to-School Conferences for 7th-Grade Mentors (EPIC)

 Dec. 9-11
varies by grade
 Fall Conferences
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 Feb. 24-26
varies by grade Winter Conferences
  Sign Up
 April 27-29varies by grade Spring Conferences
  Sign Up
*Please note that Hamlin's sign-up form allows you to sign up for conferences throughout the year by clicking on the tabs at the bottom of the sheet.
Volunteer to Mentor Today!

  • Watch this short video to hear from some of our mentors.
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  • Mentors Needed!
    Volunteer mentors are a vital component of the Middle College program.
    New mentors are needed each year!
    Call now — fall conferences are coming up. The time commitment is just 6 hours per year!
    Read what some mentors have to say about the program here.

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