Refer A Child

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There must be a documented need for admission and the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must support the child's participation in the program.   In addition, a candidate should:

  • Be between the ages of 10 and 14 at the time of admission.
  • Be capable of succeeding in a rigorous academic environment.
  • Be free of serious learning disorders and emotional and/or behavioral issues.
  • Be drug and alcohol free.
  • Understand and accept the expectations of the Boys Hope Girls Hope program and voluntarily participate.
  • Residential scholars will need an "out-of-home" placement.
  • Academy scholars will need to attend Aurora Central High School. 

Boys Hope Girls Hope is not a treatment program.   We are looking for candidates who possess significant academic and leadership potential, but who are at risk because of problems in their family, neighborhood, or school.  

Therefore, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado WILL NOT consider candidates who have a drug or alcohol problem, a serious learning disorder, significant behavioral or emotional problems, or a history of problems in school.   This includes a pattern of poor grades, excessive absences, or repeated suspensions or expulsions.   The need for placement at Boys Hope Girls Hope must stem from challenges imposed upon the candidate, rather than from inherent problems or problems of his or her own making.


Application Process

Contact the Program Director of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado to discuss the possibility of a program scholarship for a youth. A personal interview will be arranged between the referral agent (if applicable), Boys Hope Girls Hope, the child, and the family.

Following a successful interview, the following materials are submitted to Boys Hope Girls Hope by the child's parent(s) or guardian.

  • Application
  • Academic Record & Immunization
  • Letter from the child to the Board of Directors petitioning consideration

Once Boys Hope Girls Hope has received the completed application, arrangements will be made for:

  • Psychological/Academic Testing
  • Youth and Family Visit to the program

Following the testing and visit, the Program Committee of the Board of Directors determines a youth's acceptance into the program. Typically, this process takes between 4 to 6 weeks.