Success Stories

Voice of Hope Winter 2016-2017 Newsletter

Author: Admin/Thursday, December 29, 2016/Categories: National Latest News

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In Illinois...

 

  • 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.