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HEROES Youth Mentoring Program

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What is HEROES? (Higher Education Resources & Opportunities for Equitable Schools)

Created in 2007 as part of the AmeriCorps VISTA Project, HEROES is a mentoring partnership between SUNY Geneseo and NYS High Schools. Trained HEROES mentors work one-on-one biweekly with students that have shown interest in being mentored. Acting as a positive role model and lending support, as well as a listening ear, the mentor is the middle ground between an authoritative figure and a friend. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to encourage high school students to go to college (either a 2 year or 4-year program). Through the establishment of a positive mentor-mentee relationship, the hope is to end the cycle of poverty with a focus on education.

Who is a HERO?

A HERO is a mentor:
  • a wise and trusted counselor or teacher
  • an influential senior sponsor or supporter
  • An empathetic role model 
Someone who:
  • Acts as a positive role model for their mentee
  • Encourages high school students to go to college
  • Researches financial aid and college information
  • Supports the mentee and assists mentee's development

Virtual Mentorship at HEROES

  • In order to best support students from different areas of NYS, we offer remote mentorship to all interested High School students. Students will be meeting with their mentors on a bi-weekly basis via Zoom on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. 

XLRN 188: Elements of Effective Mentorship 

  • Starting Spring 2022, college credit will be given to mentors through a new course. This course focuses on the principles and methods of effective mentorship when working with mentees from the HEROES Youth Mentoring Program. Students will gain a deeper understanding about different academic gaps that directly impact marginalized communities. This course will also allow extensive opportunities for students to learn about the mentoring gap, develop quality techniques to mentor high school students, and fuel an opportunity to strengthen their leadership abilities. Students will be meeting bi-weekly for professional development sessions and will be mentoring a high school student on the week our class does not meet. Instructor permission required -- Application required.

To Learn More: 

If you would like to learn more about our program, apply to become a mentor or enroll as a mentee, please visit our website at tinyurl.com/heroesyouth