Success starts with HOPE
Boys Hope Girls Hope San Francisco Bay Area (BHGH-SF Bay Area) is a residential program that serves academically-motivated young people in situations of significant need. Since opening our doors in May of 2000, we have helped dozens of young men—our scholars—who have the potential to succeed academically but often live in challenging situations and/or communities where the resources and attention to help them succeed are not available. Unlike a group home or foster care, we accept participants on a voluntary basis, often at the request of parents who want the best for their children but cannot provide the right opportunities for them.
At BHGH-SF Bay Area, we support our scholars by providing a nurturing and structured home environment that maximizes their chances for success in school, extra curricular activities and life.
Academics and more
Several things distinguish BHGH-SF Bay Area from other programs. To be one of our scholars, a student must want to succeed academically. And it shows—in their commitment to their school work, in their academic achievements and in their study habits. But we also recognize that success in the classroom is hard to achieve if life outside the school is challenging. That’s why our scholars live “in residence”—from the time they enter our program until high school graduation—where they receive comprehensive, around-the-clock support and attention from our staff, volunteers, mentors, tutors and each other. From doctor appointments and soccer games to homework help and family issues, BHGH-SF Bay Area gets involved in all aspects of our scholars’ lives and, hopefully, bright futures.
BHGH-SF Bay Area scholars typically move into the house during their early teenage years and stay through high school graduation. But support doesn’t stop there. We provide funding for college and assist in job searches. We offer guidance on decisions both large and small. And like a family, we continue to take interest in each graduate’s successes and challenges on their path to adulthood.
Among other things, this means staying in touch with them during their college years, putting them in contact with BHGH friends and family near their schools and providing a place to call “home” when they have school vacations and breaks. Comprehensive services and individualized support BHGH-SF Bay Area is 100 percent privately funded. Importantly, 90 cents of every dollar goes directly to support the scholars in a variety of critical ways:
- Education in elementary and college-prep secondary schools know for their excellence and high standards
- Room, board, tuition and a clothing/personal needs allowance
- Professional live-in counselors who provide structure, guidance and nurturing
- Extended social services tailored to individual needs as necessary
- Encouragement and support for extracurricular activities and community service work
- Financial assistance for college tuition, books, room and board
- Regular conferences with parents/guardians
- Assistance securing internships and employment
A proven track record
BHGH-SF Bay Area is an affiliate of the national Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH) program. The success of this program can be found in the following international statistics:
Since 1991, 100 percent of the program’s high school graduates have gone on to college
Over 80 percent of BHGH scholars participate in community service
Approximately 75 percent of BHGH high school students achieve a GPA of 3.0 or higher
Almost 90 percent of BHGH scholars participate in at least one extracurricular activity
Our newest hope
Seeking a home for girls BHGH-SF Bay Area eagerly looks forward to serving young women in our community. Until we find a suitable “home” where they can live in residence, we are working with community and education partners to identify female scholars to whom we can provide academic, community-based assistance.
There are many ways you can help
We encourage everyone to join us in providing Bay Area youth with the tools they need to reach their full potential.
For more information, please contact Suzanne Palmer, Executive Director, 415.291.8166, or email@example.com.