MAY 2020
Improving the quality of life for children infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS through enriching programs, unforgettable experiences, and connections to the community.
Your monthly news & updates
Atlanta Opera Experience
Due to the coronavirus/covid-19 pandemic, the Atlanta Opera cancelled the Madama Butterfly dress rehearsal performance which H.E.R.O. was scheduled to attend on Thursday, April 30 th . However, the opera did provide us with an alternative, virtual opportunity, which we have shared with our families.

The Metropolitan opera streams a new encore opera performance each evening, free of charge. The performances are available from 7:30 PM to 6:30 PM the next day, and may be viewed by either visiting the Met website or through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon, or Roku devices and Samsung Smart TV. We thank the Atlanta Opera for providing our children with this experience, and look forward to taking them to our re-scheduled opera performance in November: La Bohème.
H.E.R.O. Offers Virtual Tutoring
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Since the coronavirus pandemic has forced widespread school closures, many of our H.E.R.O. student and their families are facing a variety of academic needs. A survey of our families has shown that more than a few of our kids are not participating in any sort of virtual learning. Those children who were already struggling during the school year now have no option for summer schooling, and are in jeopardy of falling even further behind. As a response to this need, H.E.R.O. for Children, Inc. has implemented a virtual tutoring program for our children. We are also providing hardware such as laptops (via our Bright HEROs Program) to supplement this support. It is our hope that these interventions will both assist in filling the academic gaps caused by this pandemic and keep our children motivated.
H.E.R.O. is Looking for Virtual Program Ideas
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During this difficult time, H.E.R.O. for Children, Inc. has been forced to suspend in-person programming for our children. With this said, we are looking to provide them and their families with new and innovative, virtual opportunities. If you have access to or ideas regarding appropriate, virtual activities or events for youth and adolescents, please e-mail our Match & Development Coordinator, Nadia Eliacin, at nadia@heroforchildren.org .

We thank you in advance for your ideas and support! Please continue to stay safe.
Camp High Five 2020
As all are aware of the current coronavirus/covid-19 crisis, we would like to take this time to update you regarding Camp High Five. Camp Twin Lakes has made the decision to suspend programming through June. As our session was slated to begin on Sunday, June 21 st, Camp High Five 2020 will not take place as previously scheduled. However, we are currently investigating hosting a long weekend session for the children in the fall, instead. We believe this option will be in the best interests of not only our campers, but their families and our volunteers, as well. We will inform you of the new dates for Camp High Five 2020 once they have been determined. As always, thank you for your support! If you have any questions regarding this matter, please feel free to email our Camp Director, Michelle Strauss, at mstrauss@heroforchildren.org or call her at (470) 321-3102 X 249. Thank you for understanding.
Gilead Foundation Awards H.E.R.O. $25,000
H.E.R.O. for Children, Inc. is excited to announce we were recently awarded $25,000 in support of Camp High Five 2020 from the Gilead Foundation. We would like to say, “Thank You!” to the Gilead Foundation for their continued support of our Camp High Five Program.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Virtual Tutors Needed
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H.E.R.O. is openly recruiting volunteer tutors to assist our students in the areas of math, science, social studies, language arts, reading, and foreign languages – specifically Spanish. We would prefer volunteers who are at least 25 years old, and have prior teaching/tutoring experience. If you are interested, please email our Match and Development Coordinator – Nadia Eliacin – at nadia@heroforchildren.org.
Super HERO Mentors Needed
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.

Volunteer mentors needed to:
  • 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.
UPCOMING EVENTS