Higher Education Resources and Opportunities (H.E.R.O.) Program
The Human Rights Education Institute (H.R.E.I.) 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 a project designed to work with low-income and at risk students in the community who are looking to pursue a higher education. Backed by Rotary District 5080 as well as the Rotary Club of Coeur d’Alene Evening and the AVISTA Foundation, the H.E.R.O. program will connect students with mentors in their desired field of interest as well as provide workshops and tutoring through North Idaho College free of charge to help further educational and career-wise pursuits.
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. Mentors will work in one-on-one scenarios with their mentees in order to develop guiding relationships and create productive learning environments.
The program will be initiated during the 2019-2020 school year, reaching students in the Coeur d’Alene, Lakeland, and Post Falls school districts as well as local colleges and universities. Counselor recommendation and volunteer recruitment has already begun for the program, with student/mentor matching and introduction being established through September and October. Tutoring will also begin at this time. Mentorship meetings will continue throughout the school year either at the school, the library, or the HREI, with each mentor being a leader or expert in the community who has undergone vetting by the CDA school district. Running from October through May of next year, workshops and career fairs will be held both regarding useful life skills as well as industry-specific information. The workshops will cover such topics as public speaking, video presence, financial management, scholarship application, and communication. There will be five different career fairs divided by industry that will educate students on the specifics of and opportunities in each path. Counselors will observe the progress of students in the H.E.R.O. program and determine performance improvement in semi-quarterly reports.
Additional HERO Program Information coming soon
We would like to invite the North Idaho community to the 4th Annual Diversity Symposium at North Idaho College on Tuesday, April 16