FEBRUARY, 2020
HONDA BATTLE OF THE BAND EXPERIENCE
On Saturday, January 25th, 2020, 16 H.E.R.O. children, along with parents and staff, attended the Honda Battle of the Bands. The Battle of the Bands featured eight of the nation's top Historically Black Colleges and Universities marching bands - Benedict College, Florida A&M University, Grambling State University, Hampton University, Jackson State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Prairie View A&M University, and Tennessee State University. The kids clapped and danced along to familiar tunes as they watched the bands perform and create images on the field. The evening also included a live performance from R&B singer, Tank, who performed several crowd favorites. Snacks and dinner were provided, as this event spanned several hours.
 
For some of our children, this was their first time attending a Battle of the Bands show. This event offered our children another chance to meet and develop supportive friendships with other kids facing similar life circumstances. Staff drivers smiled as they heard the children rating their favorite bands on their rides home. This activity was requested by several of our children, and H.E.R.O. was happy to have presented yet another 'unforgettable experience' to them.  
RUN FOR KIDS GRANT 2020
In January, H.E.R.O. for Children, Inc. received a $5K grant from the Vinings Cumberland Rotary Club's "Run for the Kids" Program to support Camp High Five 2020. H.E.R.O.'s Executive Director, Donna Drakes, is pictured here (second row, fifth from the left) with fellow Rotarians and representatives of the sixteen other non-profits that received such funding this year. Thank you to the Vinings Cumberland Rotary Club for its continued support of children's programs in Georgia.
H.E.R.O. IMPACT STORY
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H.E.R.O. recently received a testimonial from one of our longtime parents regarding the impact H.E.R.O. has had on her children.
 
"As a HERO parent going back as far as 2006, I can say that the HERO program exceeds all expectations that one may think. The relationships and friendships are forever bonded, even as our children becomes adults. They remember the mentors and still continue life-long relationships. They remember the various outings, the camps, and the retreats. HERO programs are so positive and impactful. When you become a part of HERO you become a part of a family. Many thanks and God bless them all."
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 $20,000/year or less).

Many of 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.).
  • 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.

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 | 3:00 PM | Atlanta, GA

CAMP HIGH FIVE 2020
Sunday, June 21st  - Friday, June 26th, 2020 | Winder, GA

TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD RETREAT 2020
Friday, October 16th  - Sunday, October 18th 2020 | Winder, GA

 
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