Our Impact

For 40 years, Boys Hope Girls Hope has been helping scholars from disadvantaged backgrounds strive for more. BHGH programs serve youth who want to create successful futures for themselves, and have joined the program to receive support on their journey to college and beyond—safe environments, academic resources, extracurricular opportunities, and mentor relationships.

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, more than 400 Boys Hope Girls Hope scholars have graduated from college and gone on to become professionals, parents, and community volunteers.


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

Journee’s Story

“As I start my first year of Fordham Law School, I look back at the experiences that brought me this far, and hands down the most important one has been my time as a Boys Hope Girls Hope scholar. Boys Hope Girls Hope provided me with so many opportunities that my family and I would […]

Demi’s Story

Demi joined Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans in the sixth grade. Her brother, Nick, had graduated from the program and was urging Demi to apply. “The Girls Hope home opened when Nick graduated, and he felt like it would be a good fit. At first, I said no, but after a couple […]

Perry’s Story

Boys Hope Girls Hope of San Francisco Bay alumnus, Perry Im, joined the program as a residential scholar in sixth grade. The youngest of seven children, none of his older siblings had graduated high school. “I had different plans. I wanted to go to college,” Perry revealed. However, given his family’s history, he focused his […]

More Stories

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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