Higher Education Mentoring Initiative
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 (PASS) vision is to be the recognized authority at UC for all university-community partnerships and outreach programs that promote and sustain school success.
Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners: Commissioners Greg Hartmann, Chris Monzel, and Todd Portune are active leaders in initiating this collaborative. 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.
Hamilton County Job 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 not only to provide a safe, loving environment for the children, but to help prepare them for adulthood.
Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development: One of the largest career and technical education districts in the United States, Great Oaks 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: Cincinnati State provides students with focused, accessible, quality technical and general education, academic transfer, experiential and cooperative education, and workforce development.