Refer A Student to Boys Hope Girls Hope St. Louis

Children Served -  “...academically capable and motivated children-in-need…”

  • Age: 10–14 (generally) at entry, residential program through high school, services through college.
  • Ability:  Average or above academic potential and ability to be a positive member of the home.
  • Motivation:  Desire for full partnership on the part of the child and the guardian.
  • Need:  Systemic familial and societal barriers to success - multiple environmental risk factors.

Services -  “…value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college.”

  • Homes:  6-8 kids per home, chores, “family meals,” disagreements, compromises, fun. “Normalcy.”
  • Opportunities:  Extracurriculars, service projects, mentors, life skills, camps, vacations, to be a kid.
  • Parenting:  Live-in houseparents, co-parenting with guardians, love, discipline, high expectations.
  • Education:  Quality school placement and support.  Programming for college prep, access, persistence.

Intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual growth to be “Men and Women for Others.”


  • Preventative: Our kids are often overlooked, not causing problems…yet. A window of opportunity. 
  • Selective: Student motivation essential. Right kids. Right program. Real results. Quality over quantity.
  • Comprehensive:  We unlock potential in the whole child – mind, body, spirit, and relationships.
  • Long-term: Time for healing hurts, building human capital and life skills, and becoming college-ready.
  • Not a band-aid. Not a temporary fix. One kid at a time. Impact that has a ripple effect.  


Please fill out our online secure form to Refer a Child.

Contact Maggie Biscan for admission opportunities.

A personal interview will be arranged between the referral agent (if applicable), Boys Hope Girls Hope, the child, and the family.

Please be prepared to provide the following documents:

  1. Completed application
  2. Academic, immunization and other pertinent records
  3. Handwritten letter from the child to the Board of Directors of Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis requesting consideration
  4. Participation in a 3-day, 2 night visit by the child to the program home
  5. Completion of academic and psychological testing

The Program Committee of the Board of Directors determines admission to the Boys Hope Girls Hope program.