Foster youth often face challenging life circumstances and for many, education is not a priority. HEMI (Higher Education Mentoring Initiative) provides Hamilton County foster youth a long-term mentoring relationship that begins in high school. Mentors matched with 9th and 10th grade students support them in order to address: goal setting, building character, developing pathways to achievement, building a sense of resiliency, believing in a positive future and strengthening their Developmental Assets. Students in grades 11 and 12 focus on awareness of, preparation for and completion of post-secondary education and career training.
Mentors are volunteers from the community who typically meet once a week to assist, guide and support their mentee in both their academic and personal endeavors. Mentors and mentees also attend HEMI’s Monthly Meet-Ups, and other events throughout the year such as the Scholars’ Dinner, the Health & Wellness Fair, and the Education & Career Training Summit. These activities encourage greater connectivity, help you strengthen your relationships, enhance your training as a mentor, and provide a time to have some fun together too.
Mentors meet with youth 1 hour per week, at the mentee’s school, or at a time and place mutually agreed upon by the mentor and mentee. Opportunities are available with Cincinnati Public Schools, Mt. Healthy, North College Hill, Northwest and Colerain High Schools, Norwood City Schools and Winton Woods.
- Performance Management
- Life Coaching
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- 1 hour per week
- BCI and FBI Background Checks paid for by HEMI PREP