Success Stories

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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Greg - Cincinnati

Greg - Cincinnati

Greg came to Boys Hope Girls Hope as a 13 year old. His father had passed away when Greg was still a child, leaving his family in straitened circumstances and in a neighborhood where drugs, gangs, and violence were the norm. Boys Hope Girls Hope gave him a safe home and helped him work through the anger and frustration engendered by his father’s death. Between Boys Hope Girls Hope and the strong women in his life—his mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother—Greg matured from an angry and confused boy into a poised, confident, and accomplished young man with a dazzling future ahead of him.
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Rachel - Southern California

Rachel - Southern California

Rachel’s family, recent immigrants from the Philippines, struggled with adjusting to life in a new land. The experience took its toll on their family’s dynamic. Rachel recounts her story—and Boys Hope Girls Hope’s role in it—below.
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Stephanie Gonzalez
            A sophomore undergraduate student at Boston College, Stephanie Gonzales is realizing her dreams unfolding day to day.  At one of the most respected institutions in the nation, she clings to the life lessons she has learned from her experience at Boys Hope Girls Hope.
            Before her placement in Boys Hope Girls Hope, Stephanie faced the burdening pressures of expectations at home.  She understood the significance of working hard and engaging in her education, yet these distractions proved relentless. 
            At the Boys Hope Girls Hope home, Stephanie found the tools, guidance, and environment she needed to attain her goals.  She gained the agency to be empowered and learn the capabilities of her potential, and today, Stephanie is living out her dream. Click here to read her story first hand.
 

Will Watson
            As a successful Air Force Academy graduate, Will Watson, a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, reflects on his challenging but momentous experiences at the Boys Hope home.  In his boyhood days, he dreamt of manning the jet planes he watched soar overhead.  But this dream seemed to drift further and further away from reality and into fantasy as time progressed.  Family circumstances found themselves too difficult to be managed, and his aspirations felt intangible. 
            However, in 1995, at the age of 14, Will’s situation was discovered.  He was moved from the shelter, where he had been living, and joined the Boys Hope Girls Hope family.  Though his story is unique, he gratefully reminisces about his time being pushed and encouraged by the Boys Hope Girls Hope staff and board members to work towards the future he can today call his present. Click here to read his story first hand.