Helping Everyone Respect Others (HERO) project of Stratford
The HERO Project is a non-profit that provide its service to Stratford ,Ontario. Stratford is a community with a population of 35,000 with 12 elementary schools having an approximate elementary student population of 2500. The HERO Project was founded initially to provide in school Character Education assemblies based on characteristics such as honesty, integrity, compassion,empathy for elementary students. In the last the last year the HERO Project has changed its focus to provide in-school mentoring for elementary students with the closing of the local BBBS.
The program the HERO Project provides is an in-school mentoring program for elementary students, using a volunteer base. Mentors are matched with students who could benefit from having a caring adult role model they could meet with, in school on a regular basis. Students are referred by schools or by parent/guardian request. Mentors meet with students in school, during school hours, talking, playing games and building a positive, up building relationship. Mentoring are not professional cousellors and are not about “fixing” a student, but rather coming alongside a student, supporting and encouraging. Mentors are volunteers who agree that its important for students to have positive inter-generational relationships that help build a students self worth.
- One to one
- In School Mentoring
- Children/Youth in Care