Refer A Child


Our program is designed to help motivated young people who are in need of the space to thrive with a sturdy foundation for success. We enhance the education of our scholars by providing individualized guidance and maintaining stability and structure in a nurturing home environment. Each scholar participates in a number of enrichment opportunities to support academic and personal development.  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


Know of someone you'd like to nominate for the program? Here's how the referral process works.


Applicants for Boys Hope Girls Hope must be:

  • Between the ages of 10 and 14 when applying
  • Ambitious and motivated, and have positive goals and a cooperative work ethic
  • Capable of thriving in an academically rigorous setting and completing challenging coursework; free from behavioral or substance abuse issues and learning disabilities
  • Willing to adapt to Boys Hope Girls Hope’s value-centered, family-like environment and embrace high expectations in showing concern for others
  • From a family that is willing to collaborate with the program team and accompany their child on the journey to academic achievement and personal growth
  • In need of access to a quality education, with family or community factors that impede academic and personal success

Family is integral to every scholar's success.

Partnership with parents and guardians is essential to the Boys Hope Girls Hope program. We work closely with families and include parents in goal setting and decisions related to their scholars’ health, well-being and academic achievement. Scholars who join the program are expanding their family-like network to include other Boys Hope Girls Hope scholars, collegians, alumni team members, and mentors from the community.

Although Boys Hope Girls Hope of Pittsburgh 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.

The first step is a referral.

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