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H.E.R.O. Program

The Higher Education Resources & Opportunities (H.E.R.O.) Program

The Human Rights Education Institute (HREI) has initiated a new program in coordination with the AmeriCorps VISTA Project, “Better Futures for Idaho Youth” and under the sponsorship of United Way of North Idaho. The Higher Education Resources & Opportunities (H.E.R.O.) program is grant-funded by the Avista Foundation, Rotary Club of Coeur d’Alene Evening, Rotary District 5080 and is designed to connect with individuals who are 16 to 25 years old that are struggling with career and college choices that in turn may lead to long term financial instability. The program will connect participants with mentors in their desired field of interest as well as provide workshops and tutoring free of charge to help further educational and career-wise pursuits. Students in College or Universities in Coeur d’Alene, students in school districts of Coeur d’Alene, Lakeland, Post Falls, and any individuals who fall under the description of the program will be able to benefit from the H.E.R.O. program.

HERO Program Brochure

Career Fair

The H.E.R.O. Program Career Fair takes an approach of an opportunity for you to learn what is sought after in employees and advice on career or education paths that you could follow. Next career fair date coming soon.

Exhibitor Application

Thank you to our “Activist Level” January 2020 Career Fair Sponsor ACI Northwest Inc.


Education being a primary objective, the H.E.R.O. program looks to further the abilities of students to pursue their goals. Students will be directed to resources and preexisting policies that can help those in need, acknowledging financial and other such barriers that can create difficulties in achieving higher education. Counselor recommendation and volunteer recruitment has already begun for the program, with student/mentor matching and introduction being established. Mentors will work in one-on-one scenarios with their mentees in order to develop guiding relationships and create productive learning environments. Mentor meetings will continue throughout the school year either at the school, the library, or the HREI. Each mentor is a leader or expert in the community who has undergone vetting by the CDA school district.

Interested in having a mentor? Interested in becoming a mentor? Please contact or call the office at (208) 292-2359.


Tutors will be available FREE of charge to any student. Tutors will primarily be available at HREI but will also be placed at schools in our community depending on the needs of the school and students. Tutoring will be open to any student from any school when at HREI.

Contact or call the office at (208) 292-2359 with any questions.

We would like to thank the Avista Foundation for the funding that is making the tutoring possible.


The workshops will cover topics that will empower and enrich participants. The workshops will also be open to individuals who are not participating in the mentorship aspect of the H.E.R.O. program that would like to benefit from the material presented. The list below is intended for quick reference. You may view the detailed PDF with workshop objectives in the link below.

Workshop Details

(Date TBD)
Speaker (s)
New to the Workforce? This is for You!January 15, 2020 4:30 – 6pmIdaho Commission on Human Rights
Communicating for ConnectionFebruary 19, 2020 5 – 7pmMelinda Cadwallader – The Hive CDA
Communicating for Connection February 25, 2020 1 – 3pm Melinda Cadwallader – The Hive CDA
Self Motivation
March 4, 2020 1 – 2pmTerry Gurno – INFLUENCE/GURNO GROUP
Video Presence March 18, 2020 2 – 3:30pm Matthew Ott – Coeur Company
Public SpeakingMarch 19, 2020 2 – 3:30pmChris Cochran, Innovation Collective
Mic Drop March 25, 2020 5:30 – 8 pm Jessica Bonar, Advanced Benefits
Video PresenceMarch 31, 2020 5 – 6:30pmMatthew Ott – Coeur Company
Resume, Curriculum Vitae,
and Cover Letter
AprilKatie Hunt, Express Employment
Social Media
for Work Placement
AprilShelley Webb, The Social
Webb & Phil Anderson
Work Under Pressure
and Time Management
MayMike Hobbs, Umpqua Bank
Problem Solving
and Negotiation
MayPatricia Shea
LeadershipJune 4, 2020 4:30 -5:30 pmEve Knudtsen, Knudtsen Chevrolet Co.
LeadershipJune 13, 2020Brent Lyles, Elk Point Enterprises Incorporated
Healthy Meal HabitsJuneCarly Williams, Carly’s Compass
Savings, Personal Management,
and Investment
JulyBrad Dougdale, DA Davidson & Company
Savings, Personal Management,
and Investment
July Ben Holzhauser, Five Pine Wealth Management
Decisiveness, Flexibility,
and Resilience
TBD To Be Announced
ScholarshipsTBDTo Be Announced

*Workshop and speakers are subject to change based on program and speaker needs. Workshop list to be updated as information is received.

We would like to thank Rotary District 5080 and Rotary Club of Coeur d’Alene Evening for the funding that is making these workshops possible.

Volunteer with the H.E.R.O. Program

We have opportunities for individuals to volunteer specifically for the H.E.R.O. Program. Please submit your application to with a copy of your resume or call the office at (208) 292-2359 if you would like more information on how to begin your volunteer process.

MentorA mentor will be partnered to a student and if your schedule permits, may possibly be assigned to two students. Once paired with a mentee, mentor is required to meet with mentee for a minimum of two to four hours per month. During that time you will work closely with the student to help them understand the resources in our community and help them identify what career paths or education paths they are interested in following. The mentor will also attend some workshops, tutoring, and career fair to help encourage student participation.
Workshop LeaderA workshop leader will be helping presenters with any activities that the workshop has for the individuals. This will include but is not limited to helping execute the goal of the activity in the workshop by providing guidance or helping keep participants on the goal of the activity.
Workshop PresenterPresenters will provide an educational workshop on a specific topic that is determined together between the presenter and AmeriCorp VISTA. The presenter will complete all speaker forms which include a section for send an outline of planned presentation and perceived outcomes. This will ensure that the presentation aligns with the H.E.R.O. Program.
Please contact or (208) 292-2359 for information.
TutorWill provide tutoring one to two times a week and must be comfortable and proficient in your subject area. Meet students at the school and go over their homework assignments in the applicable subject area. Ask students about specific topics or subject areas that are giving them trouble or that warrant further exploration. Review recent homework assignment and test scores, and work through problems or questions that the student did not answer correctly. Employ proven study aides to prepare for upcoming tests and quizzes. Take notes during tutoring sessions so you can follow up with the student later. Communicate with parents/guardians about trouble areas or any other issue that requires attention.
Focus Group FacilitatorAssist in collecting information during student focus group session.

Additional HERO Program Information coming soon

For more information, please stop by our location (414 W. Fort Grounds Dr., Coeur d'Alene), call 208-292-2359, or email
Hours: 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday
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Fourth Annual Diversity Symposium

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