Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like environments, opportunities and education through college.
We believe in opportunity, education and inclusion for every young person.
Boys Hope Girls Hope was founded in 1977 by Fr. Paul Sheridan. As an educator in St. Louis, MO, he had seen the potential of too many young lives extinguished by negative factors: underfunded schools; families distressed by poverty and divorce; and neighborhoods shattered by drugs and violence. Boys Hope Girls Hope offers permanent solutions for young people in difficult, complex situations through holistic programming designed to meet the academic, social, and developmental needs of each student served.
Established in 1993 in Colorado, BHGHCO began a Residential program with the opening of the Boys Hope home. The Girls Hope home opened in 2010. The Residential program's main education partner has been Regis Jesuit High School. In 2013, BHGHCO implemented the Academy program, at Aurora Central High School (ACHS) now serving on average 50 scholars. BHGHCO has grown the number of scholars served by 238% in the past five years.
With the beginning of this school year, BHGHCO has transitioned out of the Residential program in an effort to serve more scholars at Regis Jesuit High School in a more cost effective way. With the success of the Academy program, BHGHCO will continue to increase the number of high school graduates participating in the College program (now 35 collegians). By 2020, BHGHCO will be serving over 120 young men and women of potential in high school and college.
My name is Tayaundra. I have been a BHGH scholar since my 8th grade year. Since then BHGH has provided me with so many opportunities. One of them being Middlebury Interactive Languages. The BHGH program director, Laura Conti, had provided me with information for the camp because of past interests in speaking Mandarin. Middlebury Interactive Languages is a program that offers an academy for people who are passionate about language proficiency and cultural understanding.
The academy is a four week language immersion for rising 8th to 12th graders. At the academy you speak in your target language for the majority of the time, while engaging in meaningful cultural exploration projects. The academy was at Saint Micheal's College in Vermont. We even got to live in the dorms at the college. It made it feel very similar to a college experience.
As I prepare for my junior year, I look forward to becoming more proficient in Mandarin and learning more about Chinese culture. I'm also excited about doing more theatre productions at Regis Jesuit High School. Since I am going to be a junior, I look forward to events like Kairos and prom. I am so grateful to BHGH for providing me with so many opportunities and helping me go to this camp.