ASPIRE: Adrian Rodriguez

Adrian Rodriguez joined the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation team in the fall of 2015 when the ASPIRE program launched it’s first Salem-Keizer site at North Salem High School.

ASPIRE is Oregon’s official mentoring program that matches trained adult volunteers with middle and high school students to develop a plan to help them meet their education goals beyond high school.

Adrian started his mentoring career through the Oregon College and Mentors Project. “When I heard SKEF was able to get this program in here at North, I knew it was my next step,” stated Rodriguez.

Not only does Adrian spend his mornings setting up his ASPIRE students with college visits, SAT/ACT preparation courses and recruiting new mentors, he also works with our NSHS Enrichment Academy program in the afternoon.

“We have math club, cooking classes and even a tutoring center where we bring in college students to help our high school students,” explained Adrian. “I love helping kids. Whether it’s helping with a college or career choice, or navigating freshmen through their first year, I want to help them through that next step. I can wake up every morning and say I love my job.”

Next month, Adrian is taking students who are interested in careers in the medical field up to Providence Hospital to watch a live surgery.

To become an ASPIRE mentor, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (503) 364-2933 or visit for more information!