Boys Hope Girls Hope St. Louis' Programs

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NON-RESIDENTIAL (Community Based)

Hope Prep - new college preparation and scholarship program at Berkeley Middle School and McCluer South-Berkeley High School in the Ferguson Florissant School District.
  • The goal of Hope Prep is to ensure graduation and admission to college for students who have barriers which inhibit the dream of higher education.
  • Hope Prep helps scholars focus on college and career aspirations, sharpen study skills, assists in test prep and provides the opportunity to visit colleges in and around St. Louis.
  • Hope Prep Scholars are promising students with college-going capability, solid academic performance, and motivation to succeed. 
  • Along with being "on course for college," scholars are involved in peer support groups focusing on life skills and character.
  • Hope Prep Scholars are enrolled into an intensive 9-year program of academic preparation and character building (beginning in 8th grade) through high school and ending at college graduation.


Children generally enter the program between the ages of 10 and 14 and live in our homes through high school graduation. Placement in our homes is voluntary on the part of the child and his or her parent(s) or guardian and offers:

  • Education in quality college-preparatory elementary and secondary schools;
  • Value-centered, family-style homes focusing on moral and spiritual development;
  • Professional, live-in residential counselors who provide structure, guidance and nurturing;
  • Room, board, tuition, clothing, and a personal needs allowance;
  • Medical, dental and optical services;
  • Professional therapeutic counseling (if needed);
  • Summer enrichment programs;
  • Extended services for program graduates.
  • To refer a child, please click HERE
College Preparation

The College Mentoring Program works to secure admission to a post-secondary school consistent with the youth's personal goals and abilities. Steps to achieving this include:

  • Preparing scholars for their college entrance exams, college interviews and resume-building;
  • Participating in the college search process, including campus visits;
  • Assisting scholars in completing college applications and financial aid forms.

Collegian Support

All children admitted to Boys Hope Girls Hope receive after-care services. Upon completion of the residential program, usually at the time of high school graduation, scholars become collegians eligible for the support needed to succeed in earning a college degree, including:

  • Financial assistance for tuition, room and board;
  • Emotional support and mentoring while on campus;
  • Temporary housing at Boys Hope Girls Hope during college breaks;
  • Assistance in securing internships and employment;
  • Follow-up contact to access a youth's reintegration into his/her family;
  • Extension of counseling services where needed;
  • Support and guidance for the primary caregiver;
  • And assistance with referral services.

Family Support

Although Boys Hope Girls Hope is not a traditional family service agency, many parents and guardians benefit from services provided by the program, including information on, and referral to, community resources, parenting guidance, crisis intervention and informal counseling.


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