I was extremely encouraged to see 18 caring individuals attend the first Higher Education Mentioning Initiative (HEMI) training this past Saturday. There was quite a mix of people, including many teachers and social workers.
One woman, who is now a stay-at-home mom, said she wanted to become a mentor because when she went through college, she did not have anyone to encourage and support her. She knew what our foster children were going through.
As you’ve read in this blog and elsewhere, HEMI is a much-needed program because it will improve the lives of our foster youth and improve this community. Thanks to those who boldly stepped forward to get the program started. Let’s hope this is the first of many training groups over the next many years.