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H.E.R.O.S Program

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What is H.E.R.O.S? (Higher Education Resource Opportunities in Schools)

Created in 2007 as part of the AmeriCorps VISTA Project, H.E.R.O.S is a mentoring partnership between SUNY Geneseo and Livingston County High Schools.  Trained H.E.R.O.S 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 H.E.R.O.S 

  • 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. 
  • All mentors will attend bi-weekly remote meetings which will include an allotted time for professional development (Wednesdays at 6:30 PM).
  • All accepted mentors will enroll in INTD 395 as a one-credit internship. 

Become a Mentee (HS Students) 

If you are a high school student, counselor, principal, and/or parent interested in finding mentors for your high school students, please use this form to indicate your interest or contact us at Please show interest by July 15th as all mentees will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis! 

What kinds of students are we looking for?
Any student in grades 9-12 who could benefit from our mentorship! In the HEROS program, we truly believe that your education is the job of a lifetime, and wish to encourage and support students seeking to pursue any form of higher education, whether it be through a trade school, 2-year college program, 4-year college program, or beyond. We also believe that college is not just for students with straight A’s or for students who can easily afford it. Our mentors will work with any student to help them problem-solve and develop a plan to achieve their personal educational goals, and we welcome any students who may be facing challenges or indecision surrounding their plans after high school.

Information for High Schools

Mentorship Expectations

  • Attendance to the virtual onboarding is required to remain in the program
  • Meet with your mentee on a bi-weekly basis 
  • Be an empathetic and non-judgmental supporter of your mentee 
  • Attend bi-weekly virtual meetings to discuss mentee's progress 
  • Show dedication, commitment, and overall passion for supporting HS students' growth
  • Enrolling in INTD 395 and completing all course hours & reflections. 

Become a HERO Mentor (College Students)

Applications for Spring '22 will open at the end of the Fall '21 semester. 

Meet the Mentorship Team

9th Grade Team

Academic Chair: Deziree Delgadillo 

10th Grade Team

Academic Chair: Rachel Butchen

11th Grade Team

Academic Chair: Sophie Wiktorko 

12th Grade Team

Academic Chair: Madalyn Young


Meet the Leadership Team

Senior Coordinator of Program Operations | Jose Romero

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Jose joined the H.E.R.O.S Youth Mentoring Program in May 2020 and worked to redesign what the vision of online mentorship looks like. Prior to joining the H.E.R.O.S Team, Jose served as Team Manager of the TOGETHER Program on campus and took on different leadership experiences, including being President of Alpha Phi Omega and most recently in his role as Assistant Residence Director in Residence Life. Jose brings his passion for education and curriculum design to the team. Having served as a fifth-grade Assistant Teacher and recently as a rising second-grade Lead Summer Academic Teacher, Jose uses his teaching experiences to strengthen the academic component of the program that aims to aid the most needed HS students. Outside of H.E.R.O.S, you can find Jose jamming out to some great tunes including pop, throwbacks, Latin, rap, and R&B or binge-watching shows like Grey’s, The Blacklist, Law & Order: SVU, and more! Jose is excited to be a resource to all mentors and make this experience an enjoyable one.

Mentor Development Coordinator | Patrycia Mikiciuk

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Patrycia is from Rochester, NY, and joined the H.E.R.O.S. Youth Mentoring Program in Fall 2020 as one of the mentors. She wanted to help students who were in need of guidance and support in high school. Before joining the H.E.R.O.S. Patrycia has not been involved in many campus organizations, but she loves to practice meditation and yoga to help center her during the semester. Off-campus, Patrycia volunteered as an EMT at the Geneseo Fire Department. Currently, she volunteers at different hospice homes in the Rochester area bringing comfort and healing to those who are nearing the end of their journey in life. Patrycia strives to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable in their community and hopes that she can continue to help more people through the H.E.R.O.S. program. You can find Patrycia enjoying the outdoors, bringing her dog Max to Letchworth State Park! In her downtime, she will be watching shows such as Criminal Minds, The Bachelorette and Supernatural!

Community Outreach & Network Coordinator | Jasmine Haug

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Jasmine joined the H.E.R.O.S. Youth Mentoring Program in January 2021 as a mentor and in the Spring was asked to join the H.E.R.O.S. Leadership Team as one of the Community Outreach and Network Coordinators. Jasmine is a psychology major and communication and Spanish double minor. She joined H.E.R.O.S. because she wanted to inspire, motivate and help students discover their path post high school. At Geneseo, Jasmine is the President of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and is on e-board for the Psi Chi National Honor Society. She also is a Research Assistant for Dr. DeHart’s Sibling Peer Research Group and will be taking on the role as one of the Coding Group Leaders this coming year. Jasmine has been a Teaching Assistant for Biological Psychology as well as an active member of Alpha Phi Omega, which is a co-ed service fraternity on campus. Outside of H.E.R.O.S, Jasmine enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring the outdoors, and watching shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, and The Bachelorette. Jasmine believes her past experiences have prepared her well for her new position in the H.E.R.O.S. program and hopes to inspire and be a resource to both mentors and mentees.

Student and Family Engagement Coordinator | Claire Bressette

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Claire joined the H.E.R.O.S. Youth Mentoring Program during the fall semester of the 2020-2021 school year as a student mentor, and assumed the role of Network and Community Outreach Coordinator during spring of that same year. This semester, Claire will be debuting our new leadership team role that has a focus on student and parent relations within our program. About Claire: she joined H.E.R.O.S. as a way to get involved on campus, and to pursue her passion for helping the people around her. Claire is a sophomore psychology major hailing from Buffalo, New York. At Geneseo, Claire has served as Hall Council President and Sustainability Representative of Onondaga Hall and has recently joined the IRC Executive Board as Campus Relations Coordinator. Outside of school, Claire spends the majority of her time writing and producing her music, as well as hanging out with friends or binging New Girl!

Director of Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement | Garth Freeman

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Garth has a bachelor’s of fine art from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in fine arts from Alfred University. He spent the last 10 years in the field of community and youth development in Rochester, N.Y., most recently as the program coordinator of Rochester AmeriCorps. Garth’s position allows him to direct on-campus service events, facilitating connections between the college and the surrounding communities, and supporting service trips as the secretary of the LivingstonCares Board of Directors. He also provides guidance and direction for any student interested in gaining leadership and service experience during their time at Geneseo. His background in the fine arts informs a creative and inclusive approach to community development and engagement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply to be a HERO Mentor if I am a first-year college student?

Yes! We look forward to supporting your professional development during your first semester at Geneseo. 

I do not have any prior experience mentoring. Can I still apply? 

Yes! All accepted mentors in the HEROS program will receive a detailed guidebook as well as a guided curriculum to help with their mentorship practices. No prior experience is needed.

Do I have to enroll in INTD 395 to be a part of the H.E.R.O.S Program? 

Yes. All accepted mentors will have to enroll in INTD 395 as part of a one-credit internship. 

What is the purpose of the interview?

In order to learn more about you, your skill set, and your passion to mentor, the HEROS Coordinators Team will be interviewing you. The interview is meant to learn more about what was not asked in the application. It is also your opportunity to ask questions, offer ideas, and/or suggestions to the program.