• 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

  • It Takes Time: HEMI Mentor Supports New Possibilities for Mentee

    November 19, 2019 by

    At HEMI, we seek to provide long-term mentoring relationships that help prepare our youth for post-secondary education and training. This mission would be impossible without our amazing mentors. I recently had the chance to interview Claire Wagner about her experience as a mentor. Clair Wagner is the Director of University News and Communications at Miami… Read more

  • HEMI Welcomes New Interns

    October 21, 2019 by

    UC Students Join the HEMI Team! Introducing Lauren Brodof and Johnny Weiss: Lauren Brodof is a first-year social work intern here at HEMI. She was raised in Cincinnati, and got her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Ohio University in 2017. While studying, she discovered her passion for social justice issues. She hopes to work with… Read more

  • Believe in Zero Limitations and You will Succeed

    October 14, 2019 by

    HEMI would like to congratulate Justiynn Stone-Knight on obtaining his Associates Degree in Social Media on September 27, 2019 from the Ohio Media School! We asked Justiynn a few questions regarding his experiences in college and his next steps post-graduation.

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