By: Kelsey Niehauser
The Higher Education Mentoring Initiative (HEMI) was awarded a grant earlier this month from the Ohio Department of Education’s Community Connectors grant program. Community Connectors intends to provide students with motivating and inspiring role models, as well as help them develop skills that lead to academic and workplace success. Grant recipients were best able to demonstrate how their program would inspire hope in the lives of participating students and encourage social connectedness among partners. This grant provided $70,000 in funding to HEMI in order to help mentor foster youth in grades 7th-10th of Cincinnati Public Schools in a new initiative, HEMI-PREP.
The HEMI Program is a partnership between the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners, the University of Cincinnati’s Partnership for Achieving School Success (PASS), Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Mount St. Joseph University, Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development, and Hamilton County Job and Family Services. HEMI helps youth in foster care achieve the possibilities of higher education through fundraising for scholarships and by providing mentoring.
This year marks the sixth year of the HEMI partnership to assist, encourage, and support the academic achievement of foster students through high school and their post-secondary education. The partnership served more than 50 students last year. HEMI celebrates a 100% high school graduation rate, and 75% of these grads have enrolled in post-secondary education at various schools and institutions. HEMI mentees have attended the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State, Morehead State University, Northwest Missouri State University, and Pasadena City College in California, along with various certificate and trade programs in the Cincinnati area.
For more information about becoming a mentor or to learn more about HEMI, contact Sarah Mangan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (513) 556-3045.