Children generally enter the residential program between the ages of 10 and 14 and live in our homes through high school graduation. Placement in our homes is voluntary on part of the child and his or her parent(s) or guardian, and the program facilitates regular contacts and counseling where appropriate with the child's family. Our Boys Hope Home is home to eight boys and our Girls Hope Home is home to five girls. Residential scholars attend Regis Jesuit High School, Grandview High School, and Liberty Middle School.
Residential Program offers:
- A family style home focusing on the development of values and character.
- Education in quality college-preparatory elementary and secondary schools.
- Professional, live-in residential counselors who provide structure, guidance, and nurturing.
- Room, board, tuition, and personal needs allowance.
- Medical, dental, and optical services.
- Tutoring and professional therapeutic counseling, as needed.
- Leadership development through community service and extracurricular activities.
- Financial assistance through college.
College Mentoring Program
The College Mentoring Program works to secure admission to the most educationally challenging, post-secondary school that is consistent with the youth's personal goals and abilities. Steps to achieving this include:
- Prepare scholars for their college entrance exams, college interviews and building a resume.
- Participate in the college search process, including campus visits.
- Assist scholars in college applications, essays, financial aid forms.
Boys Hope Girls Hope is seeing more applicants for the residential program who do not need all the wrap around services Boys Hope Girls Hope provides, but they do need help with college preparation. The Academy program works with 48 non-residential students at Aurora Central High School providing the necessary guidance in their academic journey through high school and onto college. Academy scholars receive the same academic and developmental assistance as their fellow scholars in the residential program and are also eligible for the same college tuition assistance. The program started in the fall of 2013 and has grown to a capacity of 48 scholars, with 12 from each grade. The first class of Academy scholars graduated from Aurora Central in May 2016 and all are in college now. Read About One Scholars Experience
All children admitted to Boys Hope Girls Hope receive after-care services designed to meet their individual needs upon completion of the residential program, usually at the time of high school graduation. Including:
- Financial assistance for tuition, room, and board.
- Emotional support and mentoring while on campus.
- Temporary housing at Boys Hope Girls Hope during college breaks.
- Assistance in securing internships and employment.
- Follow-up contact to access a youth's reintegration into the family.
- Extension of counseling services where needed.
- Support and guidance for the primary caregiver.
- Assistance with referral services.
Though Boys Hope Girls Hope is not a traditional family service agency, many parents and guardians benefit from services provided by the program, including information on and referral to community resources, parenting guidance, crisis intervention, and informal counseling.
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