Graduate Stories of Hope | Amanda Bolden 5

Graduate Stories of Hope | Amanda Bolden

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Amanda’s mother works as a pastry chef in New Orleans and lost her job due to the recent economic downturn.  At home, Amanda had a lot of family responsibilities that pulled her from studying.  Boys Hope Girls Hope gave Amanda a place where she could focus.  She developed an interest in becoming a biology-chemistry major and a bio-ethicist.  Amanda said she first started thinking about medical related careers […]

Graduate Stories of Hope | Shirly Tam 1

Graduate Stories of Hope | Shirly Tam

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Shirly’s parents cooked, cleaned, and delivered food for Chinese restaurants most of their lives.  Growing up, Shirly and her older sister worked alongside them. Shirly’s teacher recommended Boys Hope Girls Hope after recognizing Shirly’s academic strengths, engagement with student government and need for additional support.  Shirly said her parents didn’t speak English and, at first, were […]

Graduate Stories of Hope | Ericka Barrios 2

Graduate Stories of Hope | Ericka Barrios

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Ericka joined Esperanza Juvenil, Boys Hope Girls Hope’s Guatemalan affiliate, after finishing the 6th grade.  Her family didn’t have the resources for Ericka to continue studying, a common challenge for families in Guatemala. She learned about Esperanza Juvenil through a partner organization that supports pre-school and elementary school children in a very economically challenged neighborhood […]