Since 2009 the Higher Education Mentoring Initiative has been successfully pairing foster children with mentors to help guide them on their higher education journey. Nationally, statistics for foster children who turn 18 and "age out" of the system are not encouraging. Foster children are less likely to complete high school and more likely to be incarcerated or homeless. Only 3 percent of foster children earn college degrees nationally. Since HEMI began, 100 percent of the foster children have earned a high school diploma and most have successfully begun college. Learn more about HEMI here.
"The HEMI program opens a door that many of our foster children thought closed long ago. Turning 18 without a family support system - it is difficult enough to survive, let alone pursue higher education. When a mentor sits down and explains how higher education doesn't have to be a dream - that it can be a reality - you see their eyes light up and the hope spread across their faces. This is their chance to make it."
-- Moira Weir, Director of Hamilton County Job and Family Services.
Become a mentor! HEMI is currently recruiting new mentors. If you are interested, please RSVP to Annie Schellinger at (513) 556-4368 or firstname.lastname@example.org to one of three dates: July 9, July 16 or July 23, 2013. All sessions will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the County Administration Building, 138 E. Court Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. Click here for more information.
As part of an effort to expose foster youth to as many educational opportunities as possible, HEMI will host "Education Day", a full day tour of three major Cincinnati colleges. Students will meet at Fountain Square Aug. 3, 2012 and ride a charter bus to Great Oaks, the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati State. There will be tour of each campus and lunch will be provided. Both current HEMI students and other Hamilton County foster youth are invited to participate. Click here for more information.