For more than 40 years, Boys Hope Girls Hope has been helping scholars rise up from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and strive to reach their full potential. In 16 cities across the US and Latin America, Boys Hope Girls Hope programs serve youth who want to create successful futures for themselves. Our scholars join the program to have a long-term partner on their journey to college and into their first career. They seek the academic resources, extracurricular opportunities, life skills, emotional and spiritual support, and mentor relationships we provide.
from families below the US poverty line
from underrepresented minority groups
girls and young women
boys and young men
participate in service learning & reflection
annual community service hours
Since 1991, 99% of scholars graduating high school in our program have gone on to college. In 2015, only 69.2% of high school graduates across the country went on to college (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016).
Over the past 10 years, Boys Hope Girls Hope annual college persistence rates (collegians on track to earn their degree) have been steady at over 90%. The national average college persistence rate is 71.2% (National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, 2016).
Since 2000, more than 300 Boys Hope Girls Hope scholars have graduated from college and gone on to become professionals, parents, and community volunteers.
We are proud of our more college graduates.
Boys Hope Girls Hope scholars have gone on to become professionals, parents, and community volunteers.
Success at the individual level is multiplied: scholars break the cycle of poverty for themselves and the next generation in their families, give back to their communities through both volunteer work and positive role modeling, and go on to be leaders in the industries in which they choose to work.
Boys Hope Girls Hope alumni return to their communities with a first class education and the will to use it to help new generations of children overcome obstacles in their way. Our alumni are doctors, attorneys, entrepreneurs, scientists, healthcare professionals, and educators. They serve their communities as social workers, soldiers, police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and in the clergy.
They are responsible spouses and conscientious parents. They work for some of the largest corporations in the country. They have attended some of the finest colleges and universities in the nation. They continue to strive toward reaching their potential, and we continue to celebrate them as members of the Boys Hope Girls Hope family.
“As a kid,” Josiah said, “I got a sense that this is not where I want to be. If I stay here in the projects any longer, all those dreams and opportunities when I look at the towers outside my window will just be a view.” In the sixth and seventh grade, Josiah was seeking […]
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 […]
Michell-Lee joined Boys Hope Girls Hope as her parents were parents were going through a tough time. She was living with her mother, brother, and grandmother in the Bronx. She wanted to find an opportunity to get a better education and pursue her dreams. “Living in the dorm gave me a sense of sisterhood. I […]
Boys Hope Girls Hope is committed to learning and growth in our work with our scholars.
Because we take our mission seriously, Boys Hope Girls Hope employs an exhaustive system of quality assurance checks and standards.
Boys Hope Girls Hope ensures that:
- our scholars are receiving the best care possible
- our donors’ dollars are being used responsibly and effectively
- that every aspect of our programs is performing according to our standards
Continuous Quality Improvement
Our progressive learning and growth is driven by a robust system of continuous quality improvement known as our Performance Management Tool (PMT).
This continuous quality improvement effort includes a semi-annual assessment across six organizational domains. Implemented by each affiliate’s local board of directors and leadership staff, this tool assesses compliance, outcomes, and offers a self-study on standards of excellence. In addition, every two years, PMT requires input from outside stakeholders, recognized peer leaders from other affiliate, and leadership from Boys Hope Girls Hope International.
Upon this evaluation, affiliate leadership identifies growth areas, and develops strategic and tactical improvement plans for implementation over the two-year cycle. Execution progress is continuously reviewed, and Boys Hope Girls Hope utilizes this internal evaluation to remain effective and impactful in our youth development programs.