We want the best for our scholars.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 San Francisco provides holistic services to foster growth in our scholars and to cultivate their innate resilience.
We succeed when they succeed.
We take a long-term and comprehensive approach.
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.
Our Hope Academy program functions as a loving and nurturing family atmosphere, a dynamic environment with a sense of belonging, central to healthy adolescent development.
The program is a coed, academic, and life-learning after-school program that serves middle school, high school and college scholars. Operating primarily on campus at Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco – one of our long-standing academic partners – scholars receive academic support and tutoring, service learning and career exploration, college-bound literacy and college application, tuition assistance and financial support. The program is 100% privately funded, and 87% of the funds directly support the scholars.
We not only prepare college aspirants for all aspects and challenges of the college experience, but continue to provide academic, social, emotional and financial support through college graduation.
For Boys Hope Girls Hope scholars, a college education is not a dream, it is an expectation. Each scholar uses a digital MyRoad Portfolio, which is a personalized guide to his/her college preparation activities from 7th grade through the college planning process. Through the Boys Hope Girls Hope Scholarship Fund and University Partnerships Initiative, scholars have opportunities to apply for dedicated scholarship funds and enhanced financial aid packages.
Who We Serve
We serve academically capable and motivated children in need. Need includes a variety of tough situations such as poverty, family stress, parent/guardian illness, neighborhood violence or underperforming schools—most anything that would prevent a highly capable child of reaching his or her full potential.
Boys and Girls
High school-aged students in grades 9-12
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
- Life skill and enrichment activities
- Organization and test taking skill building
- Community building
- Academic support
- Supplemental tutoring
- Study skills development
- Service-learning and early career awareness
- Cultural enrichment
- College-bound literacy through Boys Hope Girls Hope’s College Road Curriculum
- Early college awareness and planning
- Mentor teams
- Academic support
- Life skills workshops and coaching
- Career exploration through shadowing, interest assessments, and interviews
- College search process
- College visits and regional college road trip
- College application and decision-making support
- Internships and employment experience (Juniors and Seniors)
- College-bound literacy
- Civic engagement
- Financial assistance for college tuition, books, room and board
- Emotional support and mentoring while on campus
- Assistance in securing internships and employment
- Extension of counseling services where needed
- Sharing of assessment materials with other agencies serving the child or family
Career Launch Pad
The Career Launch Pad provides all BHGH scholars the opportunity to identify potential career interests, explore college pathways to careers, and participate in the 21st century workforce.
In middle school, students will receive an introduction to career exploration, discover their personal interests and investigate potential career paths. High school and college students will delve deeper into specific hard and soft job readiness skills with direct intensive exposure to industry experts and experiences.
The Career Launch Pad will offer middle school students career awareness and exploration, allowing scholars to discover various career paths and hone in on areas of passion. Students will participate in various self-assessment and self-discovery exercises to learn about their values, strengths, weaknesses, and interests.
Scholars entering 7th and 8th grade will meet on Friday afternoons, from 3:30pm – 6pm, on the following dates: June 26th, July 10th, July 17th, July 24th, and July 31st. During the 2015 summer, middle school scholars will participate in a minimum of 10 total hours of Career Launch Pad programming. I want to volunteer!
The program will help high school participants learn more about specific paths to various careers, i.e. the process of choosing a college, major, and career that fit their abilities, interests, and goals. Students will also receive training from industry experts on hard and soft career skills.
Scholars entering 9th -12th grade will meet Monday – Thursday from 1pm to 5pm, from June 15th-July 16th. During the 2015 summer, high school scholars will participate in a minimum of 20 hours of Career Launch Pad programming. I want to volunteer!
College students will further their learning with in-depth immersive exposure to a variety of professions, office environments, and necessary job-readiness skills through guest speakers, site-visits, and experiential learning opportunities. The college students will have opportunities to network with industry experts and demonstrate their new-found knowledge ‘on-the-job’ through various experiential exercises.
Scholars entering 9th -12th grade will meet Monday – Thursday from 1pm to 5pm, from June 15th-July 16th. During the 2015 summer, high school scholars will participate in a minimum of 20 hours of Career Launch Pad programming.
Our Local Impact
Boys Hope Girls Hope of San Francisco serves approximately 30 scholars in our Academy and through their years as collegians.
There isn’t a number that is large enough to represent the character, ambition, courage and integrity of our young men and women, but here are some examples our success in numbers.
100% of scholars participate in extracurricular activities.
100% of scholars perform community service projects throughout the year.
100% of scholars have graduated high school and have enrolled in postsecondary education, since [Insert year].
100% of high school graduates receive college scholarships.
94% of BHGH graduates return their second year of postsecondary education – 30% higher than the national average.
“My experience with BHGHSF has truly enlightened me and reintroduced diligence into my mind in an ingenious way. BHGHSF surrounds us scholars with the right role models and environment while encouraging us to excel in the academic field as well as in our personal lives.”
Austin Joseph, BHGHSF Class of 2015
The College Road
Preparation for college is a cornerstone of Boys Hope Girls Hope academic programming. Boys Hope Girls Hope developed its own unique curriculum—The College Road—in order to increase college graduation rates among our scholars.
Our scholars are accepted to and attend some of the finest colleges and universities.
Boys Hope Girls Hope of San Francisco Alumni Chapter
Graduates of Boys Hope Girls Hope programs across the affiliate network become members of the Alumni Association, a growing body of young professionals. Members are active in their local communities and Alumni Association Chapters, promoting awareness of Boys Hope Girls Hope, building a strong network of alumni connections, and offering opportunities to get involved.
To get involved with the local alumni chapter or to find out more about alumni resources, please email Perry Im at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Boys Hope Girls Hope Network
While Boys Hope Girls Hope of San Francisco is autonomous, we ascribe to the same Theory of Change and Research-Supported Program Model of all Boys Hope Girls Hope affiliates, which includes: Early Intervention; Long-term Support, Partnership with Parents, Guardians and Families of Origin; Provision of a Stable, Nurturing Environment; Whole Person Development and Growth of Mind, Body and Spirit; Role Models and Mentor Relationships; Encouraging Academic Challenges and Extracurricular Involvement; and Voluntary Application Process for Program Participation.