COVID-19 Planning and Preparedness
At Boys Hope Girls Hope, our number one concern is the health and safety of our young people, team members, volunteers, families and community. Boys Hope Girls Hope continues to closely follow the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and has a comprehensive plan in place to protect the well-being of our scholars and team. Boys Hope Girls Hope Network Headquarters has developed and is working closely with affiliate leaders to implement robust crisis management policies and protocols following advice from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Departments of Public Health, state licensing agencies, and local authorities.
Boys Hope Girls Hope's Response
The COVID-19 crisis has brought many challenges to our world as a whole and some very specific to Boys Hope Girls Hope. In this time of crisis, it’s been inspiring to see our work persevere and evolve across the network, as we help our collegians, scholars, families and teams navigate this new landscape. Here’s an update on what has been a very intense period at Boys Hope Girls Hope.
- Supporting Displaced Collegians: Our network sprang into action immediately for our collegians when courses and living arrangements were interrupted for students across the country. Thanks to this work, all our collegians are now safe back at the programs, with their families or with extended stays in the dorms. We continue to support collegians as they shift to online courses and running group sessions via Google Hangouts and Zoom on staying motivated, mentally, physically and spiritually.
- Helping High School Seniors Transition to College: Knowing that times of transition can be tough for youth in regular times, we’re intensifying engagement with our graduating high school seniors. Our teams are supporting their efforts to stay on track to finish this school year strong, make college selections, complete financial aid applications, apply for scholarships, and be ready to start their college experience this fall.
- Delivering Online Learning & Basic Necessities: We’re also ensuring that learning continues on a remote basis for all of our scholars. Boys Hope Girls Hope’s My Road online curriculum is active and our scholars are still participating in their college and career preparatory and life skills activities to augment the work they are doing through distance learning offered by our partner schools. Team members are in daily contact with our scholars and in close contact with their guardians, ensuring families have necessary supplies, coaching and tutoring, encouraging their emotional health and spiritual practice, monitoring their academic progress, and setting up ways for our community to gather virtually.
- Facilitating Remote Work: Over the last few years, Boys Hope Girls Hope has made some smart investments in technology that have prepared us well for this moment. Our team members across the network are staying productive while working from home. We’ve ramped up our online training efforts and are supporting our teams as they shift in-person activities, like group discussions and fundraisers, to an online format. We’re also hosting regular remote check-ins to review best practices, and provide emotional and spiritual support.
- Ramping Up for the Increased Need Ahead: Here at Boys Hope Girls Hope, our business is overcoming obstacles. Currently, the majority of our residential scholars are on extended home visits with their families, while some, whose situations dictate it, are in our homes or staying with staff or board members. As the stress of this changing situation affects many families, and especially the most vulnerable, Boys Hope Girls Hope is actively planning for various scenarios which may affect our scholars and their need to return to our residential programs. We are readying ourselves to serve more young people in the future whose families are adversely affected by COVID-19 and the economic downturn.
We firmly believe that together we can rise above the challenges and continue to create opportunities to nurture and guide motivated young people in need to become well-educated, career-ready men and women for others. To that end, we invite you to join us in sharing a message of hope and inspiration on Twitter or Instagram using #HopeConnectsUs. Also, please consider visiting our donation page, as we need support now more than ever to provide support and stability for youth and families in uncertain times.