JUNE 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.
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H.E.R.O. Virtual Tutoring/Academic Support in the Wake of COVID-19
H.E.R.O. for Children, Inc. matched two children with virtual tutors via our new virtual tutoring intervention in May. The students are receiving tutoring in the areas of math, language arts, and reading. We also granted Bright HEROs awards that will provide laptops to two additional children to help supplement their academic 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. 
HIV and COVID-19 Community Webinar
In efforts to make sure our families stay informed and abreast of the COVID-19 pandemic, H.E.R.O. shared the AbsoluteCARE Medical Center & Thrive SS community webinar on Thursday, May 28 th , 2020 with them. This Zoom webinar featured a Q&A session on HIV and COVID-19 with Dr. Quintin Robinson, M.D. – HIV Specialist. 
H.E.R.O. Video/Audio Competition
On May 28 th , H.E.R.O. for Children, Inc. announced a video/audio competition for our HERO children. We have invited our children to submit a video or audio entry which tells us either:
1)     how they have adjusted during the COVID-19 pandemic, or
2)     what have been the positive effects of being home more due to COVID-19.

Entries will be accepted until Friday, June 26 th , and works will be judged on creativity, the inspirational value of the participant’s message, and the entertainment factor. Winners will be notified by Friday, August 3rd.

Winner Prizes:
1 st Place Winner - $100
2 nd Place Winner - $50
3 rd Place Winner - $25
H.E.R.O. is looking forward to receiving and reviewing the submitted entries, and introducing additional contests in the future. 

H.E.R.O. is Looking for Virtual Program Ideas
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.
Virtual Tutors Needed
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.