HEMI Receives Ohio Department of Education Grants

ODE has awarded HEMI $200,000 in grants for their mentoring program for foster youth.


The Higher Education Mentoring Initiative’s (HEMI) PREP program has received two $100,000 grants from the Ohio Department of Education. These grants will assist HEMI in mentoring foster youth in preparing for higher education and beyond.

A partnership between Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners, Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services, the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Great Oaks Career Campuses, OhioMeansJobs, and Mount St. Joseph University, HEMI provides Hamilton County foster youth a long-term academic mentoring relationship that begins in high school and is focused on awareness of, preparation for, and completion of post-secondary education and training.

This year marks the eighth year of the HEMI partnership to assist, encourage, and support the academic achievement of foster students. 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.

In 2015, HEMI received a $70,000 grant for HEMI PREP. These new grants will help improve and expand the program greatly.

For more information about becoming a mentor or to learn more about HEMI, contact Sarah Mangan at sarah.mangan@uc.edu or (513) 556-3045.