Mission: The mission of Boys Hope Girls Hope is to help academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college.
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.
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.