Dear Friends and Supporters of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona:

My name is Maribel, and because of Boys Hope Girls Hope, I am the first in my family to graduate high school, and also the first in my family to attend college. I am currently a sophomore at Arizona State University, majoring in psychology and on the pre-med track.

My Boys Hope Girls Hope journey began because my mother, who grew up in a home that did not understand nor appreciate the value of education, urged me to apply. As a single-parent, without access to educational resources, she struggled greatly and sacrificed much, so my brother and I could have the opportunities in life that were not possible for her and the others in our family.

I applied for the Boys Hope Girls Hope Academy program when I was in fifth grade, and it took me almost a year to complete the application process. Then, I was waitlisted for a year before a seat became available.

Entering the program my seventh-grade year was as intense as it was life-changing. I became more involved in school, learned study and time management skills, and took advantage of enrichment programs and extracurricular activities. Because of Boys Hope Girls Hope, I was able to attend Xavier College Preparatory; a college preparatory, all-female private high school focused on preparing young women with knowledge, skills, and integrity to meet the challenges of a changing global society in a positive and productive manner.

Before joining Boys Hope Girls Hope, I remember driving by the high school and thinking the campus was very pretty. I never thought I would attend such a prestigious school, and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity. There, my workload was academically challenging, and I remember often crying because I wanted to do my best and was trying my hardest. My mother would always be there to comfort me, and I remember her often saying, “It will be all right. It’s all worth it.” She was right.

When it came time to apply for college, I was accepted to six colleges and universities and awarded almost $20,000 in scholarships and grants.

At Arizona State University, there is always something exciting to do and new people to meet. I work in the Psychology Advising Office, supporting outreach and events, and am a member of the ASU Dance Team, performing and competing in different dance styles. This semester, I am taking 18 credit hours and exploring career opportunities on the pre-med track. So far, I learned I have no interest in surgery or oncology fields, but am interested in orthopedic, pediatric, and general practice careers.

Next semester I will continue to explore different pathways in my concentration, and am excited to take the next level of courses in psychology, exploring the brain and human behavior. As we head into the holiday season, I am incredibly grateful for the support of Boys Hope Girls Hope, and ask for your continued support of the program so that students like me can grow into the next generation of community leaders.

Boys Hope Girls Hope Collegian