UC Partnership Seeks Mentors to Transform the Lives of Foster Youth

Recruitment is underway for mentors to help area foster youth achieve the possibilities of a post-secondary education.

Recruitment is underway in a unique partnership to build on the educational success of area foster children who are aging out of the foster care system. The Higher Education Mentoring Initiative (HEMI) – a partnership represented by UC’s Partnership for Achieving School Success (PASS), Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development, Hamilton County Job and Family Services the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners, and Mount St. Joseph University – is recruiting mentors to serve 15 high school students in Hamilton County foster care.

This 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 attend UC, 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.

To be considered for the mentor program, participants must fill out an application, undergo a background check and complete an interview process. This includes providing a copy of a valid drivers’ license and proof of insurance.

To learn more about how to become involved, you can attend one of HEMI’s one-hour Information Sessions.  HEMI currently has an information session scheduled on campus on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 from 12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m.  The info session will take place in Teachers College, Room 407.  Feel free to bring your lunch!

To obtain an application, RSVP for the information session, or for more information, contact Sarah Mangan, UC HEMI Program Specialist, at 513-556-3045, or e-mail sarah.mangan@uc.edu

Mentors will undergo their initial training in August and will meet the foster students they will mentor at an event in September.

Partner for Achieving School Success Program