Refer A Child

Admission Criteria:  The following characteristics describe appropriate candidates for the Boys Hope Girls Hope program:

Age Range: Between 10-14 at the time of admission.

Need:  Experiencing barriers in the familial and/or societal environments that severely and persistently inhibit personal and academic success.  

Ability:  Capability of succeeding in a college-preparatory school setting.

Freedom from severe learning, emotional, and behavioral disorders and chemical dependency.

For children participating in the residential prgram they must have the ability to live and relate as a positive member of a family-like, communal setting while demonstrating respect for adults and peers.

Motivation: Ability to articulate meaningful goals for the future.

Willingness to commit to active participation in all aspects of the Boys Hope Girls Hope program.


Support:  The legal guardian’s commitment to partner with the program in supporting the full development of the child.

Application Process

A personal interview will be arranged between the referral agent (if applicable), Boys Hope Girls Hope, the child, and the family.

Provide the following documents to Boys Hope Girls Hope:  

  • Completed application
  • Academic, immunization, and other pertinent records
  •  Handwritten letter from the child to the Board of Directors of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit requesting consideration
  • Participation in a 3-day, 2 night visit by the child to the program home (if participating in the residential program)
  • Completion of academic and psychological testing 


The Program Committee of the Board of Directors determines admission to the Boys Hope Girls Hope program.