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  • Beating the Odds

    May 12, 2020 by

    One of our HEMI Mentees, Kenny, recently graduated from Taft High School. In his interview he talks about some of the struggles he faced, how he overcame them, and his advice to others in similar situations. Kenny first got involved with HEMI about four years ago and shares a little bit about his academic path,… Read more

  • Blooming: A Beautiful Process of Becoming

    April 17, 2020 by

    Mentee and scholar, MeKaisha Jones-Hatcher is a Junior at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). She is pursuing a dual major; she is studying Special Education & Middle Grades Education and completing a Spanish minor. She aspires fulfill her destiny as an educator and social justice advocate. Her HEMI mentor is Suzanne Sartarelli and they have been… Read more

  • UC Senior Reaches her Collegiate Goals & Glows

    March 9, 2020 by

    LaTia Kemp is a senior Criminal Justice student who will walk this spring and earn her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati. This past fall, she interned at the Hamilton County Municipal Courthouse with Judge Alan Triggs. She spent 114 hours completing her internship and plans to use her experience to gain… Read more

  • YAB Supports Foster Youth to be Whole – Mind, Body & Soul

    February 24, 2020 by

    This week’s HEMI success story celebrates the Hamilton County Youth Advsiory Board’s illuminating self-care event, “Make Me Whole Mind Body and Soul.” This event was hosted by YAB on February 9, 2020 and provided interactive activities, which included services by our sponsoring organizations: Martha Enriquez, Pine Lane Soaps, Paul Mitchell, Al Bess and… Read more

  • Overcoming the Odds as an Athlete & Becoming College Bound

    February 10, 2020 by

    Herbert Rodgers IV is a senior at Aiken New Tech High School and has been an active member of HEMI and the YAB for about four years. As one of HEMI’s most active participants, he has participated in dozens of HEMI Meet-Ups and worked well with his mentors over the years. As a Board member… Read more

  • On the Road to Success – It’s Best to Go with Your Own Heart!

    February 3, 2020 by

    Tanisha Harris has never ceased to amaze me, as I have witnessed her overcome so many challenges to attain her certificate in Welding from Cincinnati State in the fall of 2017. She will be recognized for her achievement at the 2020 HEMI Scholars Dinner. I recently had the opportunity to interview her about her post-secondary education journey and know she will inspire everyone to “Go with your heart!”

  • HEMI Mentors Help Unlock Student Success

    January 21, 2020 by

    Mentors & Mentors Celebrate Mentor Appreciation Month at Houdini’s Escape Room and Hamilton Inn. National Mentoring Month is a campaign held each January to promote youth mentoring in the United States. It was inaugurated in 2002, and is spearheaded by the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. This month, HEMI recognizes our 100+ mentors supporting student… Read more


    January 14, 2020 by

    The Higher Education Mentoring Initiative (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.

  • HEMI Success Stories: 2019 Year in Review

    December 18, 2019 by

    This was an amazing year for the record books! Each month, HEMI was on the move, facilitating and hosting programs, supporting our student’s successes and linking with new and returning mentors with resources to enhance their relationship with their mentee. Take a look at some of the major accomplishments that made 2019, a year to… Read more

  • Strengthening Our Mentoring Community

    December 9, 2019 by

    HEMI hosted a Successful Mentor Retreat in November! Last month, Mentors gathered for a special “Reset & Recharge Retreat” at People’s Church with all of the HEMI Staff. This year’s retreat was structured a bit differently because mentors were invited to attend the retreat without their mentees. HEMI is re-energized and focused on matching 100%… Read more

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