We want the best for our scholars.Our program broadens the definition of family to include the community charged with guiding our youth toward the best versions of themselves. Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis provides holistic services to foster growth in our scholars and to cultivate their innate resilience.
We succeed when they succeed.
We take a long-term and comprehensive approach.
We support our scholars from adolescence through college graduation and beyond, offering a holistic spectrum of programming that evolves with the age and needs of youth.
Our residential program provides up to 20 scholars with a family-like home and a strong network of support services to help students excel both in and outside the classroom, including:
- Education in quality college-preparatory middle and high schools, including one-on-one tutor and mentor relationships with community volunteers
- Value-centered, family-style homes on the same campus focusing on moral and spiritual development
- Professional, live-in residential counselors who provide structure, guidance, and nurturing
- Room, board, clothing and a personal needs allowance
- Medical, dental and optical services
- Professional therapeutic counseling
- Extracurricular and summer enrichment programs that encourage personal growth and community service
- College access assistance
Hope Prep Scholars Academy is a college preparation program that broadens students' college and career aspirations and helps them navigate the application process. Programming is administered in partnership with the Ferguson-Florissant school district and includes in-class curriculum and experiential programming offered outside the classroom. Hope Prep operates at Berkeley Middle and McCluer South-Berkeley High School. Scholars apply for the program and must meet certain academic and extracurricular criteria to participate. Offerings include:
- In-class college preparation curriculum
- College visit facilitation
- Summer camp scholarship availability
- Scholar Saturday programming that includes life-skill development, service learning and volunteer opportunities, and cultural enrichment activities
- College scholarships for those who maintain specified academic criteria
For BHGH residential and non-residential scholars, a college education is not a dream, it is an expectation. College Road is a multi-year, interactive program with specific activities that are proven to prepare scholars for the demands of campus life and independent living. It was initiated in 2000 by BHGH International to drastically increase college graduation rates among participating youth. Each scholar uses a digital MyRoad Portfolio, which is a personalized guide to his/her College Road activities from 7th grade through the college planning process. The College Road curriculum is designed to help BHGH college students develop three critical attributes for success in education as well as professional life: competency, connectedness and confidence.
Through the BHGH International Scholarship Fund, scholars having completed College Road activities and MyRoad benchmarks, enrolled in 15 or more credit hours and maintaining specific GPA requirements may apply for scholarship funds each semester through college degree completion (in five years or less).
Who We Serve
We serve academically capable and motivated children-in-need. Need includes a variety of tough situations such as poverty, family stress, parent/guardian illness, neighborhood violence or underperforming schools—most anything that would prevent a highly capable child of reaching his or her full potential.
Boys and Girls who are:
Ages 10 through College Graduation (10-14 at time of admission)
Capable of rigorous academic college-preparatory work
In need of a long-term, value-centered, nurturing setting
Voluntarily participating in the program, understanding and accepting of expectations
Able to relate positively to others
From a family or guardian that is supportive of the program
Our Local Impact
We currently serve 99 junior high through collegian scholars throughout the greater St. Louis metropolitan area.
Our story doesn't end with our outcome numbers. There isn’t a number that is large enough to represent the character, ambition, courage and integrity of our young men and women. We strive for the following goals:
100% of scholars will participate in extracurricular activities.
100% of scholars will complete 2 life skill goals per semester.
Scholars will strive for a 3.0 GPA and receive tutoring as they work toward this goal.
100% of scholars will completed 2 Academic Goals per semester.
100% of scholars graduating high school will receive college scholarship packages. During the fall of Academic year 2017-2018, our scholars have already received $234,000+ in scholarships toward enrollment next year.
94% of BHGH graduates return their second year of postsecondary education – 30% higher than the national average.
"At Boys Hope Girls Hope, you have this amazing community of successful, smart people who wake up every day thinking about ways to help you and the other scholars in the program be successful. There’s just nothing like it!"
Seth, current Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis Collegian
The College Road
Boys Hope Girls Hope St. Louis Alumni Chapter
Graduates of Boys Hope Girls Hope programs across the affiliate network become members of the Alumni Association, a growing body of young professionals. Members are active in their local communities and Alumni Association Chapters, promoting awareness of Boys Hope Girls Hope, building a strong network of alumni connections, and offering opportunities to get involved.
Get involved with the local alumni chapter! Email James Jackson for information.
About the BHGH International Network
While Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis is autonomous, we ascribe to the same Theory of Change and Research-Supported Program Model of all Boys Hope Girls Hope affiliates, which includes: Early Intervention; Long-term Support, Partnership with Parents, Guardians and Families of Origin; Provision of a Stable, Nurturing Environment; Whole Person Development and Growth of Mind, Body and Spirit; Role Models and Mentor Relationships; Encouraging Academic Challenges and Extracurricular Involvement; and Voluntary Application Process for Program Participation.