get ready for the 12th Annual
                                                        higher education institute (HEI)

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Higher Education Institute


The Higher Education Institute (HEI) began 12 years ago as a program to help high school and college graduates from foster care prepare to transition to college and/or the workforce.  In the early years, the event focused on post secondary and higher education preparation.

HEI provides a wide array of workshops, special events and links to supportive services for youth transitioning to independence. As part of the two day event, the youth have an opportunity to compete for cash and other prizes during the evening talent show.

This exciting event takes place annually at the Atlanta Renaissance Hotel near the airport. This two day event is the prelude to the annual Celebration of Excellence Graduation Ceremony honoring the education accomplishments of foster youth graduating from high school or college.

To find out how you can get involved with HEI, send an email to


2011 EVENT theme

Amazing Race

REAL LIFE PREP workshops

Amazing Me!

Amazing Lifestyles

Amazing  Careers

Amazing Colleges

Amazing Youth

Amazing Authors



Sponsor booth setup

Wednesday (Morning)

Life Shops

Wednesday (Afternoon)

Life Shops

Wednesday (Evening)

Celebration of Excellence Graduation Ceremony

event partners

Georgia ILP

Georgia Department of Human Resources

Georgia Empowerment

Gift for a Child, Inc.

Multi Alliance for Children (MAAC)

Atlanta Challenge Team Building

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