'Without Ann, I probably wouldn't be going to college'
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EUGENE, Ore. - Areli Ramirez found out her junior year at North Eugene High School about Ann Hinnen and the ASPIRE mentor program.
"I was clueless on what I was going to do," Areli said. "Without Ann, I probably wouldn't be going to college."
Areli says Ann helped her establish a goal and work toward it.
"She helped me with essays, FAFSA, Oregon Promise," she said. "My parents probably only having an elementary education, they're kind of proud of me and that's why i'm so thankful for Ann that she was there for me."
Ann is a mentor for the ASPIRE program, which stands for Access to Student assistance Programs In Reach of Everyone.
"What we do as mentors is help students with post-high school plans," she said.
That includes things like financial aid, tutoring, scholarship essays - whatever it takes.
Now Areli has a year left at Lane Community College studying criminal justice.
Ann said ASPIRE is always looking for new mentors. Learn more about the program.
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