Our Impact

For 40 years, Boys Hope Girls Hope has been helping scholars rise up from disadvantaged backgrounds and strive for more. In 18 cities across the US and Latin America, BHGH programs serve youth who want to go to college and create successful futures for themselves. Our 1,125 scholars have joined our program to receive support on their journey to college and beyond. They seek the academic resources, extracurricular opportunities, and mentor relationships we provide.

College Access

  • 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).

College Persistence

  • 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).

College Graduation

  • Since 2000, 268 Boys Hope Girls Hope scholars have graduated from college and gone on to become professionals, parents, and community volunteers.

Success

We are proud of our 268 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.

Where They Go

Our alumni currently work in the following fields:
  • Medicine
  • Education
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Business
  • Ministry
  • Social work
  • Scientific research
  • Creative arts
  • Architecture
  • Criminal Justice
  • Military Service
  • Engineering
  • Journalism
  • Global economics

Christopher’s Story

I spent most of my childhood bouncing between my parents from Chicago, IL. to Los Angeles, CA. and back again. My life was very unstable, and hectic. Both of my parents tried to do their best, but both were emotionally unstable, and I was forced into a parental role early in my youth. When Boys […]

Jiarra Jackson

In 2002, the summer before her senior year, Jiarra Jackson joined the Boys Hope Girls Hope program in New Orleans. It was the first year the program had a Girls Hope home. Her mother had passed by the time Jiarra was in the ninth grade, and her father was ill. He passed a month after […]

Daniel Braswell

There was no question whether or not Daniel Braswell would go to college. His determination and his intelligence made it a foregone conclusion. However, his chaotic home life made pursuing academics a difficult challenge. “I entered Boys Hope Girls Hope of Cincinnati’s residential program in 2009, and academics became my top and only priority,” he […]

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Boys Hope Girls Hope is committed to learning and growth in our work with our scholars.

Boys Hope Girls Hope is continually reviewing research on subjects relevant to providing the best care and support for our scholars and reaching desired outcomes. As an organization focused on learning and growth, we engage internal and external experts, utilize evaluation and best practices, and analyze trends and studies to inform our program environments, administration, hiring/staffing and curricula and their influence on positive scholar development.

In 2012, Boys Hope Girls Hope was recognized by the Educational Policy Institute (EPI) as one of the ten most successful programs in the United States at moving young people from poverty through college.

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 and Impact Evaluation

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 the International Office.

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.

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