FEBRUARY, 2019
H.E.R.O.'S 16TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION & FUNDRAISING DINNER
UGA HEROS SPRING EVENT 2019
On Sunday, February 10th, UGA HEROs hosted their first kid event of 2019, where 45 HERO children visited the World of Coca-Cola and the Football Hall of Fame. The day began with the children learning about the history of some of college football's greatest players and teams through exhibits, interactive games, and virtual reality at the College Football Hall of Fame. Afterwards, they put their athletic skills to the test on a full-sized practice field with training courses, targets, and a regulation-sized field goal! The children had lots of fun at this remarkable sports museum. After a short lunch, everyone traveled to the World of Coca-Cola. Our kids had the opportunity to learn about the history and process of making this world famous beverage, and even saw where the secret formula is kept! Finally, the children were able to taste a multitude Coke products from around the world. Overall, the HERO kids spent an enjoyable day building friendships with each other and the UGA HEROs team while exploring two iconic Atlanta sites. Thanks to the UGA HEROs for creating yet another 'unforgettable experience' for our clientele.
AWARDS AND  ANNOUNCEMENTS
H.E.R.O. for Children, Inc. was one of this year's Rotary Club of Vining Cumberland's "Run for the Kids" Program grant recipients, receiving $3,000.00 to support Camp High Five (H.E.R.O.'s Executive Director, Donna Drakes, is second from the right in the front row).
CAMP HIGH FIVE 2019: ENROLLMENT OPEN!
It's that time again! HERO has opened enrollment for our 2019 Camp High Five Program!

Camp High Five offers children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS a one-week summer camp program during which they participate in a variety of recreational activities and educational workshops. Activities include archery, boating, canoeing, swimming, fishing, biking, arts and crafts, music, and much, much more! Camp High Five will be held from Sunday, June 9th through Friday, June 14th, 2019 at Camp Twin Lakes-Will-A-Way site in Winder, Georgia. Counselors must report to the camp site on Saturday, June 8th, 2019. Child and volunteer admission criteria and applications are currently available on our website.

CALL TO ACTION
BECOME A SUPER HERO MENTOR TODAY!

The Super HEROes Mentoring Program  is a community-based, one-on-one mentoring program serving children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The program provides these children with the opportunity to have a positive role model through a mentor and to strengthen their life skills, self-esteem, communication skills, goal-setting and academic performance.

Why HERO children need mentors? 

Approximately 33% of HERO children are HIV positive and the other 67% are affected (i.e. someone who has an infected parent, sibling, residential relative, or has lost a relative to HIV/AIDS-related complications). Twenty-five percent (25%) of HERO children have lost a parent as a result of HIV/AIDS-related complications, and almost 90% of HERO children come from low-income families (household incomes are $15,000/year or less).

Our children struggle with day-to-day challenges including low self-esteem, social difficulties, academic underachievement, self-destructive behavior, etc. You can help change this!

Responsibilities of a Super HERO Mentor:
  • Spend one-on-one quality time with a child at least twice a month, a minimum of two hours each time.
  • Participate with the child in a bi-monthly group activity organized and sponsored by H.E.R.O. for Children.
  • Be a positive role model for the child.
  • Contribute to strengthening the child's self-esteem, social adjustment and life skills.
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Be at least 22 years of age.
  • Be willing and available to comply with H.E.R.O. for Children's policies and procedures.*
  • Have dependable automobile transportation, maintain a valid driver's license, verifiable automobile insurance and abide by Georgia vehicle codes (i.e. seat belts, speed limits, etc.).
  • Must have a suitable home environment.
  • Pass background checks, including motor vehicle record, sex offender registry, national criminal background screening and social security verification, prior to serving.
*  Training and continuing education provided.

H.E.R.O FOR CHILDREN'S 16TH ANNIVERSARY 
CELEBRATION  & FUNDRAISING DINNER
Thursday, March 28th, 2019 | 6:30 PM
Atlanta, GA

 
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