HEMI Mission

The Higher Education Mentoring Initiative (HEMI) provides Hamilton County foster youth a long-term academic mentoring relationship that begins in high school and is focused on awareness of, preparation for, and completion of post-secondary education and training.

HEMI is a partnership between Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners, Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services, the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Great Oaks Career Campuses, OhioMeansJobs and Mount St. Joseph University.

HEMI/Moira Weir Scholarship Fund

Post-secondary education is not seen as an attainable option for many teens in foster care.  However, in Hamilton County, foster youth are defying national odds in attending and graduating from post-secondary institutions across the country due to the vision and leadership of Moira Weir, Director of the Hamilton County Job and Family Services.  Ms. Weir believes that every young person should have the opportunity and support needed to achieve educational success to the fullest potential; in recognition of her leadership, the HEMI/Moira Weir Scholarship Fund was established by the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. U.S. Bank Foundation to provide scholarship support to foster youth enrolled in post-secondary education.