Meet Our Mentors

aspire-logo-2THS ASPIRE mentors work one-on-one and in group settings with our students helping them with planning for life beyond high school. Our volunteer mentors help students with college applications, scholarships, career exploration, resuming building, budgeting, financial aid applications, apprenticeships and so much more. They assist them with their online research with careers and colleges. The most important role of the mentor is to provide students with additional support and encouragement in their pursuit of an education beyond high school.

If you would like to be in ASPIRE print the permission slip here

The ASPIRE program here at Thurston is important because it is giving every student an opportunity to plan for their future. Our community volunteers take hours out of their time to work with our students. Our goal is to continue to expand and impact as many THS students as possible to prepare them for life after THS.

We offer one on one 30 minute mentoring sessions for seniors and sophomores as well as group mentoring lunch sessions for freshman and sophomores.




Yomaira Tarula-Aranda

I’m a first student generation student at the University of Oregon majoring in Ethic Studies and double minoring in Spanish and Planning, Public Policy and Management. I have a passion for human rights and my ambition is to become an immigration lawyer. This past summer I had the opportunity to intern for the U.S. Census Bureau in New York City. I am happy to help with internship, job, college and scholarship applications!

I am the first in my family and out of 50+ cousins to attend a four year University.

I’m happy to help with:

  • FASFA/ORSAA and the Oregon Promise
  • College application
  • First generation students
  • Bilingual students
  • Talking about transition to college


Dani Manis

I am a student at the University of Oregon (class of 2021), studying Family & Human Services and Sociology. I enjoy helping students pursue their goal for after high school, being a support system for them, and forming connections with students.

A fun fact about myself is I love to eat lemons, like apples.

I am happy to help with

  • FAFSA and Oregon Promise
  • Searching and helping with Scholarships
  • Resume building and editing
  • Talking about college experience and the transition to college


Paige Goudge-Murphy

My name is Paige Goudge-Murphy and I’m a junior at the University of Oregon. I am majoring in psychology and minoring in law. Outside of my studies I enjoy painting, taking photos and going on hikes in the gorge.

My favorite thing about being a mentor is connecting with the students and helping them work towards and achieve their goals. Planning for after graduation can be stressful and I am excited to be a helping hand along the way.

One fun fact about myself is that I have a little family of dogs, german shepherd/golden retriever mix, back home in Portland that my family and I raised together.

I am happy to help with:

  • College applications
  • Finding and applying for scholarships
  • Standardized testing
  • OSAC


Interested in going to college? Try UO SAIL summer programs!

Registration will be opening soon for The Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) program hosted on the University of Oregon campus.  You will have a the opportunity to choose a week for sometime in July.  Get a head start on the college process and experience what college life is all about at SAIL.  Visit the website: for registration and additional information.  Don’t wait!

The Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) is a University of Oregon program led by volunteer faculty, and aimed at increasing students’ enrollment and success in college. SAIL invites 8th through 12th grade students that qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch program to attend FREE, annual academic summer camps until they graduate from high school. As of fall 2014, SAIL has partnered with the ASPIRE program to offer mentoring to high school students during the academic year!

*SAIL Camps: for students interested in summer camps offered
*SAIL Mentorships: for students interested in academic mentoring with SAIL/ ASPIRE
*SAIL Resources: includes information on financial aid, scholarships, testing, and more
~College Readiness: info on searching and applying for colleges, testing, college credit in high school, and more
~Financial Aid: info on financial aid resources, application procedures and more
~Scholarships: scholarship lists (incl. for non-citizens), essay writing tips, and more

For more info on SAIL camps, mentoring, or resources, please contact our office:

Department of Economics
1285 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1285

Director: Lara Fernandez
Phone: 541-346-8378

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