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.
- Performance Management
- Life Coaching
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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