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Rachel - Southern California

Author: BHGH Web Admin/Monday, February 17, 2014/Categories: National Success Stories

Rachel - Southern California

Rachel’s family, recent immigrants from the Philippines, struggled with adjusting to life in a new land. The experience took its toll on their family’s dynamic. Rachel recounts her story—and Boys Hope Girls Hope’s role in it—below.

“Five years ago, I was thirteen years old, and my life was in complete chaos. When I was little, my mom and I moved around all the time. Sometimes we were homeless and lived on the streets. Every year, I was in a different school. My grades were horrific.

“We had just moved to Orange County when our relationship hit the bottom. We were completely alienated from each other, and Mom wanted to send me to school in the Philippines, where she’s from. I was terrified of being so far away from everything that was familiar to me. But fortunately, a counselor at my middle school told us that sending me to the Philippines wasn’t the answer, but it would be better if I wasn’t living at home. She suggested Boys Hope Girls Hope.

“Since then, my life has changed completely. It was tough adjusting to my new environment and to the structure that I now had for the first time in my life. I was late for everything. I couldn’t even remember to make my bed in the mornings. Suddenly I had to deal with discipline. But the other girls in the house helped me through those first rough months. They welcomed me into the home and became my support group. They still are today. They’re like sisters to me.

“As time went on, I found myself transformed. I got organized, managed my time better, became more responsible, and improved my study skills. My grades got better. I began to thrive on the hard work. And I began to love the program I’d struggled against.

“Boys Hope Girls Hope changed my life. At last, I have the stability I need to focus on my studies. My grades have gone from a 1.6 to a 3.5. I wasn’t transferring to a new school every year—Rosary High School is the first school I’ve ever attended for more than a year. When I was a little girl, I dreamed of dancing—this year, I’m actually taking ballet and hip-hop classes at The Anaheim Ballet. I’m involved in campus ministry at Rosary. And I can’t believe that I will actually be going to college! I was just accepted to

DePaul University! And I know one thing for sure: I owe it all to BHGH!

“How blessed was I when I was accepted. Boys Hope Girls Hope has opened so many doors for me, providing me the opportunity to be whatever I would like to be. I am so grateful to have their support and a great education. For the first time in my life, I know I’m on the right path.”


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My name is Laura.  I am a Junior at Regis Jesuit High School.  I have been at Boys Hope Girls Hope for almost a year now.  Before coming to BHGH I had a very unstable home and attended many different schools. Even though life was hard, I knew all along that I had potential to reach success.  The decision to come to BHGH was difficult.  I had to leave family and friends behind.  But I knew that it was the right choice, given the high expectations that I have for myself. 

This program provides me with wonderful tools and opportunities. My tutors are my life savers! They are here to help me with my weakest subjects and they do a great job helping me understand the material. I have a wonderful mentor, Concetta, who is a fabulous cook and great at giving advice. She’s like my best friend and I love spending time with her.

Boys Hope Girls Hope has given me the opportunity to participate in several community service projects.  I love going to Bessie’s Hope, which, for all of those who haven’t heard of this place, is a retirement home. When we go, we get to interact with the elderly who live there. We get the opportunity to make their day, and to make their stay more pleasant. We’re there to make them feel loved and cared for. I became very close with a lady named Feliz Ann.  She was the one that made me look forward to going there.

Recently I have learned to caddie at the Colorado Golf Club and I love it! I get to work out in the sun and I’ve had the opportunity to meet great people. I really enjoy caddying. I’m getting a tan, I’m getting in shape, and I’m making money all at the same time. It can’t get any better than this!

In addition to community service and work, I’ve also had the chance to experience new activities such as sailing and rock climbing.  These activities have encouraged me to take risks.  I used to be afraid of what’s hidden beneath the water…. and there I was, on a boat, in Cherry Creek Reservoir, waiting for the wind to take me somewhere!  And when I went rock climbing, I had to climb to the very top and then they told me to let go!   I had to trust the equipment and people to get me down safely.   I was afraid of what was going to happen once I let go, but I knew I had to do it.  There will be many times in my future when I’ll have to take risks to get to where I want to be.

So…I have several life goals. First, I hope to finish high school at Regis Jesuit with outstanding grades. I hope to get much more involved with sports and after school activities. After I accomplish this, I hope to go off to a college that fits me and that I will love.  There, I will pursue a career in the medical field. It will be a long journey with ups and downs but I know that Boys Hope Girls Hope will help me reach my goals.  

On behalf of all the Boys Hope Girls Hope scholars, I thank you for providing us this opportunity.