WE'RE BEYOND A SHORT-TERM SOLUTION.
WE TAKE A LONG-TERM AND COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH.
Our program broadens the definition of family to include the community charged with guiding our youth toward the best versions of themselves. Boys Hope Girls Hope of Pittsburgh provides holistic services to foster growth in our scholars and to cultivate their innate resilience.
We support our scholars from adolescence through college graduation and beyond, offering a holistic spectrum of programming that evolves with the age and needs of youth.
The Boys Hope Girls Hope experience includes:
- Living in residence with other college-bound scholars and highly-trained staff mentors through high school graduation
- Attending a local, academically-challenging, college-preparatory partner school
- Goal-setting, mentoring, and tutoring as well as emotional, spiritual and academic support
- Learning life, character, and leadership skills, and growing in one’s own faith
- Extracurricular activities and opportunities, including a focus on service to others
- College planning, visits, transition, and assistance with scholarship funds
- Room and board
- Networking with business professionals, including Boys Hope Girls Hope alumni
Our Residential program functions as a loving and nurturing family atmosphere, a dynamic environment with a sense of belonging, central to healthy adolescent development.
Each of our homes accommodate up to eight scholars, who are cared for by live-in, round-the-clock professional Residential Counselors. Scholars share chores, do homework together, attend religious services, eat, and grow up together. Academic growth and whole-person development are the program focus: residential scholars are enrolled in college-preparatory programs at top-rated area schools; scholars are matched with tutors who help them reach their academic potential and mentors who share their life experience; they are enrolled in extracurricular activities designed to help them discover themselves and the world around them; and they engage in community service projects that teach them the value of living a life committed to serving others.
We not only prepare our scholars for all aspects and challenges of the college experience, but continue to provide academic, social, emotional and financial support through college graduation and into their first career.
For residential scholars, a college education is not a dream, it is an expectation. My Road is a multi-year, interactive program with specific activities that are proven to prepare scholars for the demands of campus life and independent living. Each scholar follows a personalized guide to his/her My Road activities from 7th grade through the college planning process. The curriculum is designed to help our collegians develop three critical attributes for success in education as well as professional life: competency, connectedness and confidence.
Through the Boys Hope Girls Hope Network Scholarship Fund, scholars having completed My Road activities and benchmarks, enrolled in 15 or more credit hours and maintaining specific GPA requirements may apply for scholarship funds each semester through college degree completion (in five years or less).
WHO WE SERVE
We serve young people with grit and determination needing access and opportunity. Need includes a variety of tough situations such as poverty, family stress, parent/guardian illness, neighborhood violence or underperforming schools—most anything that would create significant barriers to a child reaching his or her full potential.
Girls and now recruiting Male Scholars!
Young people ages 10-14 at admission
Capable of Rigorous Academic College-Preparatory Work
Need for a long-term, value-centered, nurturing setting
Volunteers for program, understands and accepts expectations
Relates positively to others
Has a family or guardian that is supportive and willing to adhere to program expectations
My Road is Boys Hope Girls Hope’s innovative online learning experience which consists of a journey of activities, assessments, and benchmarks that ensure scholars are developing academically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually in preparation for college, career, and life.
The Boys Hope Girls Hope Network
There’s power in numbers. As a part of the Boys Hope Girls Hope Network, our scholars benefit from programming, resources, partnerships, research, scholarship funds, and shared best practices. Our program uniquely offers a combination of deep local impact and the benefit of diverse international perspectives and interactions. Our scholars, collegians, alumni and team members come together with other impact-driven individuals, maximizing opportunities to share, support, solve problems, and serve.
Our Network includes Boys Hope Girls Hope Network Headquarters and 16 affiliates in the US and Latin America. All Boys Hope Girls Hope affiliates ascribe to the same research-supported Program Model and Theory of Change. We’re proud of the support, and connections we receive from our Network!