Higher Education Mentoring Initiative
HEMI Community Partners
Recognizing the urgent need to provide support and educational opportunities to foster children as they move from the foster care system to adulthood, a number of prominent local organizations have come together to lead the Higher Education Mentoring Initiative. The involvement of each of these participants is testimony to the collective community interest in improving the lives of at-risk youth and the Greater Cincinnati community. The following organizations have stepped up to leadership roles in the campaign:
The University of Cincinnati: Southwest Ohio’s premier university is dedicated to educational excellence and creating opportunities for today’s young people to become tomorrow’s leaders. The Partner for Achieving School Success vision is to be the recognized authority at UC for all university-community partnerships and outreach programs that promote and sustain school success. UC PASS will play a lead role in providing higher eduation opportunities and administering the project.
Hamilton County: Commissioners Greg Hartmann, David Pepper and Todd Portune are active leaders in the campaign. Providing better outcomes for the region’s at-risk children is a top-priority for the county and addressing drop-out rates for foster children is a National Association of Counties Presidential Initiative. Simply put, changing a child’s life is one step toward a better community. They will provide political, promotional and fundraising support.
Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services: As the child protective services agency in Hamilton County, Job and Family Services is the legal custodian of all foster children. The agency’s duty is to not only provide a safe, loving environment for the children, but to help prepare them for adulthood. The agency will play a lead administrative role in the project.
Great Oaks: One of the largest career and technical education districts in the United States, has been providing career development, workforce development and economic development services to individuals, business, industry, labor, communities and other organizations in southwest Ohio since 1970.
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College provides students with focused, accessible quality technical and general education, academic transfer, experiential and cooperative education, and workforce development.