- In the seven-county area of Metropolitan Chicago, almost 30% (172,000) of children live in zip codes where risks to their well-being (lacking family support, inadequate access to quality health care, poor educational opportunities, high crime rates, and high parental unemployment rates).
- High schools in the Chicago metro area have dropout rates higher than the state average.
- In the Chicago City Public School District, the rate of students graduating from high school within four years is 61.8%.
How Boys Hope Girls Hope meets that need:
- 80% of the youth we serve are in the racial minority.
- The majority of youth in our care have no immediate family member with a college degree.
- Almost all of the youth we serve come from dangerous neighborhoods and experienced a lack of supervision.
- Our college retention rate is 89-94%, compared to the national average of 66%.
- All local Illinois scholars participate in extra-curricular and civic programs and engage in countless hours of service learning. Nearly 70% receive academic honors at their schools.
- Since 1996, over 80% of the youth who became part of the program have remained in the program through high school graduation.
- Nationwide, since 1991, 100% of our U.S. alumni have gone on to college.
- Since 1996, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois has averaged a 77% retention rate of students in college.
- Our alumni across the country are successful professionals, responsible community members, and nurturing spouses, fathers and mothers.
Since 1991, 100% of Boys Hope Girls Hope alumni have gone on to college or another post-secondary educational institution.