Boys Hope Girls Hope
Rating: 4.5 stars 2 reviews
Location: PO Box 21085 Detroit MI 48221 USA
Direct beneficiaries per year: 15 young adults who partcipate in the residental program and 8 young adults who partcpate in the community based program curently housed in Southwest Detroit.
Geographic areas served: Metro Detroit
Programs: Homes: Six to eight children live in neighborhood homes with qualified live-in counselors. Respect for each individual is the basic rule of all Boys Hope Girls Hope homes, where children share rooms and are expected to assist counselors with a variety of daily living tasks. Opportunities: We strive to ensure that the school years and summers are filled with a variety of activities that allow the children to explore their interests. Where appropriate, children also receive counseling services so that they are able to move beyond their troubled pasts and move on to a brighter future. Positive Parenting: Residential counselors provide the children with support, guidance and structure in an environment where they can be a part of a nurturing family.Education: We send our children to top-quality elementary, middle and high schools where they are given the academic skills needed to succeed in college. High school juniors and seniors receive individual assistance with the college selection/application process and all scholars receive financial and emotional support through college.
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Boys Hope Girls Hope is an amazing organization that I have had the opportunity to work with for the last two years. Living in a city that is always showcased in the news for having the worst school drop out rate, highest foreclosure rate in the country and just being a negative place, the program is a beacon of light. They work with kids from elementary thru college to develop them, not just as young scholars but well rounded people. While there are many fundraising efforts in which the board of directors and committee members can partcipate in the most rewarding are the programs that provide direct interaction with the kids where you can make a real difference. Whether it's mentoring or tutoring you have the opportunity to see how you affect each one of the scholars and see them grow year after year, reaching thier full potential.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
seeing the growth of the residental and community based scholars in their grades and community involvemnt.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would fund opprotunities to make them more tech savey when it comes to fundraising.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
What I have enjoyed most is how the staff is open to new ideas to make the program better is actively seeks out opportunites to better serve the scholars.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
Nothing short of amazing. They are dedicated to these kids! In addition to the full time staff on hand the Americorp volunteers offer a unique perspective and the kids love them.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Build a borading school that would allow them to expend to truly meet the needs of the Metro Detroit community,increase their full time staff to include a full time grant writer, pyschologist & additional house parents on staff & develop a fund for grads.
Ways to make it better...
could not have been better.
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
Developing their brand so that it becomes more well known throughout the region. Right now with over 100,000 non-profits serveing the state of Michigan, often times the message of this great organization gets buried in the news of larger organizations.
One thing I'd also say is that...
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