Success Stories

Rodolfo - Guatamala

Rodolfo - Guatamala

In 2013, RODOLFO G. became the first of our Guatemalan scholars to graduate from college. He now holds a degree in Business Administration from Landivar University.
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Carlos - Phoenix

Carlos - Phoenix

Phoenix scholar CARLOS O. became a champion debater while at Phoenix’s Brophy Preparatory Academy. He’s a superstar within the National Forensics League—the governing body of high school competitive speech and debate. His specialty is Congressional Debate, a particularly demanding style of debate modeled upon the rules and methods used in the United States Congress. “It’s a very formal style of debate,” Carlos says. “It’s based on mutual respect, and you maintain a very formal demeanor throughout the debate. It works just like Congress—you debate legislation, and you have to support your case.”
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Alejandra - Southern California

Alejandra - Southern California

ALEJANDRA, one of our Southern California scholars, is one of our top scholar athletes. Alejandra came to Boys Hope Girls Hope as a sixth-grader through a cooperating program called Project Hope, which recommends academically-promising children to Boys Hope Girls Hope. The family, recent immigrants from Guatemala, was in dire straits. Their living situation was precarious—finances were always a serious concern.
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Santonio - Illinois

Santonio - Illinois

Chicago collegian SANTONIO’s drive was evident from an early age. Raised by a single mother in the Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood—an area blighted by poverty and gang violence—he took on the responsibility of getting himself and his younger brother to school in Rogers Park, an hour and a half away via two trains and two buses, on his own.
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Stephanie - Southern California

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.
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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.