The College Road
Preparation for college is a cornerstone of Boys Hope Girls Hope academic programming. Over 15 years ago, the BHGH Leadership team developed its own unique curriculum—The College Road—in order to increase college graduation rates among our scholars.
The College Road is a comprehensive, long-term program built on age-appropriate activities for scholars on their journey to college. Participation requirements include college access and persistence activities and an introduction to life on a college campus. Each component of this BHGH-designed curriculum combines research and best practices from college access and youth development literature across the industry.
In 2011, The Educational Policy Institute, a non-partisan think-tank advising Congressional policymakers on educational policy, concluded an intensive, multi-year study of programs like ours. The results of their study indicated that Boys Hope Girls Hope was one of the ten most effective programs of its kind in successfully moving youth from poverty through college.
Building on the academic preparation necessary for a successful transition to college, The College Road also addresses the aspects of college life that are unfamiliar to many first generation college applicants: dorm life, handling the stress of being away from home, applying for and managing financial aid and loans, and time management.
For our Latin American affiliates, this curriculum is adapted to meet local cultural and community needs as well as local paths to higher education.