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Higher Education mentoring Initiative (HEMI)

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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. Volunteers will attend an orientation to HEMI, 3 Mentor Trainings (Trauma-informed Care, Developmental Assets, Cultural Competency), and BCI and FBI Background Checks (paid for by HEMI)". Opportunities are available with Cincinnati Public Schools, Mt. Healthy, North College Hill, Northwest and Colerain High Schools, Norwood City Schools, Princeton High and Winton Woods.

New Mentor Onboarding Series, 6-8 PM on Saturday, January 12th

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Children & Youth Education & Literacy


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Various Hamilton County SchoolsCincinnati, OH 45202



  • Mentoring
  • Performance Management
  • Management
  • Life Coaching


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 hour per week
  • Orientation, 3 mentor trainings, BCI and FBI Background Checks paid for by HEMI

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