Aspire Gorham is for everyone! This community-wide initiative encourages students in every grade, in every Gorham school, to think about their futures. Collaborating with businesses and community organizations in and around Gorham, the Aspire Gorham team is connecting students to professionals for career exposure, exploration, and experience opportunities from kindergarten through 12th grade.
EXPOSURE: Building future-ready skills and inspiring students.
This foundational stage of Aspire Gorham provides introductory career-related opportunities that incorporate dramatic lay, experiential learning, time for discussion, parent engagement, and the development of future-ready skills that foster children's aspirational strengths and interests.
EXPLORATION: Supporting students to explore their strengths and interests.
Deepening the career exposure that occurs in early childhood and elementary education, this stage encourages students to actively "try it" and explore many different careers and skills, without fear of failure. Students continue to focus on the development of future-ready skills through ongoing exposure to and engagement with their community.
EXPERIENCE: Empowering students to craft their future stories.
Building upon the foundations of career exposure and exploration, students partner with teachers and community mentors to pursue authentic career experiences that are directly tied to future goals and are located in the community. Students also actively engage in career exposure and exploration activities as they refine their skills and take steps toward realizing their aspirations.
HIGHLIGHT: THE RETURN OF ADOPT-A-CLASSROOM
While the pandemic disrupted this hallmark activity, Adopt a Classroom has returned to Gorham Schools with increased enthusiasm and impact. Students at all three Gorham elementary schools enjoy regular connections with their High School mentors - building trusting relationships for all, building core leadership skills in our high school students, and building aspirations for our youngest Rams!
Here's our January 2023 profile on the return of Adopt a Classroom:
And, here is the link to the amazing video that was created by Adam Parvanta and GHS students, pre-pandemic.
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EVERYBODY HAS A STORY. WHAT’S YOURS? We encourage everyone in Gorham to be part of Aspire. No matter who you are, how old you are, where you go to school, or where you work, your story matters. As storytelling opportunities develop, we will be sure to let the community know!
To become involved in any of our existing programs, contact:
The Aspire initiative represents a partnership among Gorham School District, the MELMAC Education Foundation, and Generation US (GenUS), an affiliate of JMG Inc., to continue to advance how Gorham prepares students for life after high school.
Aspire Gorham is proud to collaborate with the Gorham Business-Schools Roundtable and the Gorham Business Exchange.
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