Success Stories

Stephanie - Southern California

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

Stephanie - Southern California

Stephanie G., an alumna of our Southern California Affiliate, was a bright and talented girl who had the potential to accomplish great things. But a lot of the pieces were missing.

The eldest of five children and a first-generation American, her immigrant parents relied heavily upon her to shoulder many of the responsibilities of raising her siblings. Many nights, she didn’t even start doing her homework until well after midnight. Underperforming and overcrowded schools in impoverished and violence-wracked school districts could not give her the education that would let her mind soar.

At Boys Hope Girls Hope, she found a safe and secure home situation with supportive staff, volunteers, tutors, mentors, and fellow scholars who supported, encouraged, and empowered her. She was given the opportunity to attend top-rated schools which gave her the knowledge, the tools, and the opportunities she needed to excel. And most importantly, she was surrounded by people who believed in her.

While double-majoring in psychology and sociology at Boston College, Stephanie maintained a stellar GPA; studied abroad in Spain, became a leader in BC’s Organization of Latin American Affairs, and was one of the recipients of the 2011 Bishop Oscar A. Romero Scholarship. She graduated with honors, and has remained close to the Boys Hope Girls Hope community, returning in the summers to share her experience and perspective with younger scholars.


 

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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.