HEMI Mentors Help Unlock Student Success

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 success. Mentors and Mentees separated into four different groups at Houdini’s Escape Room on January 16, 2020. They each successfully escaped their rooms and walked over to the Hamilton Inn. Dinner included all the fix-in’s but the ribs and pulled chicken were the best! Again, HEMI thanks our mentors for their volunteerism and dedication to helping foster youth and alumni pursue their educational goals.

Announcing February’s Meet-Up

The next HEMI Meet-Up will be Thursday, February 6, from 6:00-8:00 at Peoples Church. Please R.S.V.P. to your program specialist to reserve your spot. The night will feature Dr. Pedapati and he will teach HEMI Mentors how to set realistic goals for mentorship.

Dr. Ernest Pedapati is a physician in pediatric medicine, child and adult psychiatry who specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents with developmental disorders. He is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Psychiatry and the Division of Neurology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati Medical School. In 2016, he co-authored a textbook considering the impact of children’s individual strengths and weaknesses in psychotherapy.  He is a principal investigator in the Neurobehavioral Research group at CCHMC and is broadly funded by the National Institutes of Health, Autism Speaks, the Fragile X Research Association, and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Research Foundation.


This month, HEMI Challenged our mentees to share how their mentor’s ROCK and they wrote some powerful messages of gratitude.

HEMI Mentor Referral

Please Refer a friend, colleague, and/or family member to become a HEMI Mentor. Refer to Denise.Hewitt@uc.edu.

Do you have a HEMI Success Story idea?

Please contact Kimberly.Rhyan@uc.edu.

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