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Support Hamilton County Foster Youth: The Higher Education Mentoring Initiative (HEMI)

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United Way of Greater Cincinnati


Every child has the right to an education. But not every child has the same opportunity for an education. The Higher Education Mentoring Initiative (HEMI) aims to change that.

HEMI provides Hamilton County foster youth with access to a personal academic mentor. This stable one-on-one relationship begins in high school and focuses on preparing youth for the completion of post-secondary education, job training or military service.

We are seeking volunteers committed to support youth in a holistic manner, who will work to build a trusting relationship between the mentor and mentee.

  • Mentors commit to a long-term mentoring relationship with a minimum of two hours per week of personal interactions, including connecting in person by telephone, e-mail, texting, etc.
  • Additionally, volunteers commit to attending a HEMI activity once monthly.
Mentees and mentors are matched based on the mentee's interests and the mentor's background and experience. Personal compatibility is also important. Mentors meet regularly with their mentees to help youth reach their academic achievement goals and develop career readiness and general life skills.

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About United Way of Greater Cincinnati


2400 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45202, US

Mission Statement

United Way is a leader and community catalyst mobilizing the caring power of individuals and organizations to help people measurably improve their lives.


United Way works every day to advance the common good by focusing on the building blocks for a better life - education, income, and health. We concentrate on these critical issues in order to improve lives and strengthen our communities, and ultimately, to make our region the best it can be.

United Way of Greater Cincinnati was founded in 1915. The annual fundraising campaign became a partnership with American Red Cross, Cincinnati Area Chapter, in 1956. Today the organization covers ten counties: Hamilton, Brown, Butler and Clermont in Ohio; Boone, Campbell, Grant, and Kenton in Northern Kentucky; and Dearborn and Ohio counties in Southeast Indiana.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


Virtual opportunity from your home or office!2400 Reading RoadCincinnati, OH 45202



  • Mentoring
  • Financial Literacy
  • Youth Services
  • Professional Development
  • Life Coaching


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours weekly interaction with mentee, 3 year commitment required. Volunteer also must attend a HEMI training once a month, which will be provided and are flexible with your schedule.
  • Background check fee, and all training requirements are provided by host organization.

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