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.
The eldest of five children and a first-generation American, her immigrant parents relied heavily upon her to shoulder many of the responsibilities of raising her siblings. Many nights, she didn’t even start doing her homework until well after midnight. Underperforming and overcrowded schools in impoverished and violence-wracked school districts could not give her the education that would let her mind soar.
At Boys Hope Girls Hope, she found a safe and secure home situation with supportive staff, volunteers, tutors, mentors, and fellow scholars who supported, encouraged, and empowered her. She was given the opportunity to attend top-rated schools which gave her the knowledge, the tools, and the opportunities she needed to excel. And most importantly, she was surrounded by people who believed in her.
While double-majoring in psychology and sociology at Boston College, Stephanie maintained a stellar GPA; studied abroad in Spain, became a leader in BC’s Organization of Latin American Affairs, and was one of the recipients of the 2011 Bishop Oscar A. Romero Scholarship. She graduated with honors, and has remained close to the Boys Hope Girls Hope community, returning in the summers to share her experience and perspective with younger scholars.