The Higher Education Mentoring InitiativeUniversity of CincinnatiPartner for Achieving School SuccessThe Higher Education Mentoring InitiativeCollege of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services

The Higher Education Mentoring Initiative

Become a Mentor

Mentors will commit to a long-term mentoring relationship averaging two hours per week of personal interaction with their mentee. They’ll also be expected to be available for additional contact via telephone, e-mail, texting, etc.

An intensive initial training will be required to prepare mentors for working with their student. Mentors will also be provided with 2 hour trainings each month of the academic year. The sessions will cover various topics, some of which may include:

  • Today’s high school experience and expectations
  • Senior Year
  • College Access
  • Financial Aid
  • Engagement
  • Child Welfare System
  • Adolescent Development
All mentors will:
  • Complete a mentor application.
  • Complete a mentor profile.
  • Interview with HEMI staff members.
  • Provide current copies of a driver’s license and car insurance.
  • Attend an initial mentor training.
  • Undergo complete FBI and BCI&I background checks.


To obtain more information, contact HEMI Assistant Director Deatra Greene-Ndiaye at 513-556-3670 or at

You may also complete an application here.