Established in 2003, H.E.R.O. for Children, Inc. has been committed to improving the quality of life for children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS through enriching programs, unforgettable experiences, and connections with the community for the past 8 years. We define “Quality of Life” (QOL) as the degree to which and individual enjoys physical, social, and emotional well-being and sees him/herself as being able to experience future success and fulfillment. Our programs and services include Super HEROes Mentoring, Bright HEROes Educational Enrichment, Camp High Five, Reading HEROes, Holiday of HEROes, and unforgettable experiences events (i.e., HERO for a Day, UGA HEROs Olympics, GT Fall Festival, etc). We strive to offer our children a variety of avenues by which to experience the normal joys of childhood, improve their academic performance, increase their life skills, enhance their self-esteem, and develop supportive friendships with peers. H.E.R.O. for Children, Inc. has been featured on CNN News and in several publications, including Georgia Trend, Southern Seasons, Atlanta Homes, and Jezebel magazine.
H.E.R.O. for Children, Inc. currently impacts more than 350 infected and affected children through 18,000 hours of quality of life care with more than a thousand volunteers annually. The majority of our target population served reside in the metropolitan Atlanta area (over 65% between Fulton and Dekalb counties alone). Approximately 33% of H.E.R.O. children are HIV positive and the other 67% are affected (i.e. have an infected parent, sibling, residential relative, or have lost a relative to HIV/AIDS-related complications). Twenty-five percent (25%) of H.E.R.O. children have lost a parent as a result of HIV/AIDS-related complications and almost 90% come from low-income families (household incomes of $15,000/year or less).
H.E.R.O. for Children, Inc. has a strong leadership team comprised of a board of directors with experience in business management, accounting, human resources, and pediatric HIV/AIDS medicine. Honorary board members include Georgia football legend, Vince Dooley, and University of Georgia head football coach, Mark Richt. Coaches Dooley and Richt were founding board members and moved into their current roles in 2009. However, they are still very active with the organization.
H.E.R.O. for Children, Inc.
6075 Roswell Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30328
Fax - 404.236.7415
Super HEROs – A holistic mentoring program with a five pillar foundation that includes: 1) mentor training, 2) bi-monthly interaction between mentors and mentees, 3) continuing education for mentors, 4) quarterly activities to promote fun and group socialization between all children and mentors in the program, and 5) a mentor appreciation award luncheon.
Camp High Five – A one week summer camp with recreational activities and educational workshops. Children experience a wide range of activities they may not be able to afford otherwise, including horseback riding, archery, fishing, and boating.
Bright HEROs– An educational enrichment intervention which provides higher education and professional training scholarships, academic and professional development support (i.e. private tutoring, SAT preparation courses, art classes, school supplies, etc.) and volunteer employment stipends to our clientele.
Unforgettable Experiences – A variety of events that provide children with an outlet to experience the normal joys of childhood. These recreational outings include: HERO for a Day, HERO Fall Festival and HERO Olympics.
Holiday of HEROs – An annual outreach to provide children with one gift they need and one gift they want during the holiday season.
PAY IT FORWARD.
Be A Mentor.
Now's the time!
You don't have to change yourself to change a life.
You only have to be a friend.
You and the mentee will both benefit from the relationship.
You only need two hours, twice a month to impact a life.
Why HERO children need mentors?
Children and adolescents who are living with HIV/AIDS--and those who have infected residential relatives--experience fear, hopelessness, depression, low self-esteem, anger, lack of communication, the inability to properly resolve conflict and emotional outbursts. Infected and affected children are victims of discrimination, have to cope with end of life issues, are taunted by their peers, and often have to deal with the trauma of watching a loved one die. Suicidal tendencies are also prevalent among those who are HIV positive. These children need a support system that is sensitive to, proactive and creative in meeting their specific needs.
Get involved with the Super HEROes Mentoring Program today!
There is a major need for MALE mentors in the Fulton, DeKalb and Rockdale areas!
Click Here to Download a Super HERO Mentor Application
Must be at least 22 years of age.
Must be able to pass a background screening (MVR, sex offender, criminal, SS# verification, and reference check)
Have reliable vehicle
Be willing to mentor child for a minimum of 2 years
Children Affected by and Infected with HIV and AIDS campaign