Talent Search & Mentor Program

We are an educational program designed to assist middle and high school students who are first-generation college bound, from low-income families, and who have the potential to succeed in higher education. We provide you with academic, career, social, and cultural opportunities. Our goal is to increase the number of youth who graduate from high school and enroll in a post-secondary institution.

Activity Schedule

Houck Middle School: AVID collaboration and field trips

Parrish Middle School: Tuesdays & Thursdays (1st, 2nd, and 3rd periods)

Stephens Middle School: every other Monday (5th or 6th periods)

Waldo Middle School: every other Thursday (5th or 6th periods) every other Friday 6th grade AVID classes

North Salem High School: every Tuesday after-school rm 110 (2:20-3:30PM)

McKay High School: TRiO Student Leadership and Mentoring class (taught by James Webber and Susan McCaffrey)

ACT Test Preparation class (taught by Megan Jackson and Courtney Dupree)

Santiam High School: Wednesday afternoons and Summer Writing and Math Skills Labs (Monday-Thursday 8:30am-11:30am)


Upcoming Events

January 17th Preparation for College Seminar

March 19: ACT Pre-test at Chemeketa for McKay class

April 7- May 21: McKay ACT test Preparation class (Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30pm-5:30pm)

May 16: ACT Post-test 9:00am - 1:00pm


What services do we provide?

  • Visits to college campuses
  • Career and vocational exploration
  • Cultural enrichment activities
  • College prep workshops (college applications, financial aid, scholarships assistance)
  • After-school and summer activities
  • Family events and activities
  • Referrals to support services and community resources
  • Some students will meet with a college mentor

Who is eligible to participate?

You are eligible if you are a student at –

Houck Middle School Parrish Middle School
Stephens Middle School Waldo Middle School
McKay High School North Salem High School
Santiam High School Santiam Elementary – 6th grade only

and you meet these requirements -

  • you aspire to attend college
  • your parent(s) or legal guardian have not received a 4-year college degree
  • your family income meets federal income eligibility requirements

How do I get more information?

Visit our College Access Programs' resource page for links and our application.

We look forward to talking with you. For more information and an application, contact Susan McCaffrey at 503.589.7620.

The TRiO Talent Search program is 100% federally funded at $249,959 annually.