We want the best for our scholars.We succeed when they succeed! 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 Arizona provides holistic services to foster growth in our scholars and to cultivate their innate resilience.
BHGH Cultural Fluency Initiative
BHGH formally began this initiative in 2018 in response to scholar and alumni feedback. With a generous investment from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, BHGH is learning and adopting strategies to better support our scholar’s academic, social and emotional success. Boys Hope Girls Hope recognizes that we best serve our youth and families when our programs and services are respectful of and responsive to the cultural beliefs and practices of the youth we serve.
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 Residential program functions as a loving and nurturing family atmosphere, a dynamic environment with a sense of belonging, central to healthy adolescent development.
Our homes accommodate up to 16 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.
The same academic, psychological, financial, and spiritual support as scholars in our residential programs for scholars whose need does not require residential placement.
Academic growth and whole-person development remain the focus. Like residential scholars, Community based scholars are enrolled in college-preparatory programs at top-rated area schools or provided college-preparatory curriculum in their current school district; 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 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 BHGH residential and non-residential scholars, a college education is not a dream, it is an expectation. MyRoad is a multi-year, interactive program with specific activities that are proven to prepare scholars for the demands of campus life and independent living. It was initiated in 2000 by BHGH International to drastically increase college graduation rates among participating youth. Each scholar uses a digital MyRoad Portfolio, which is a personalized guide to his/her college prep activities from 7th grade through the college planning process. The MyRoad curriculum is designed to help BHGH college students develop three critical attributes for success in education as well as professional life: competency, connectedness and confidence.
Through the BHGH International Scholarship Fund, scholars having completed MyRoad activities and MyRoad 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 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
Ages 10 through College Graduation (10-14 at time of 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
Our Local Impact
BHGH of Arizona currently serves 90 youth: 16 in residence, 42 in the community-based program and 32 in college.
We have great numbers to represent our success and we often hit 100%. But that’s not where the story ends. There isn’t a number that is large enough to represent the character, ambition, courage and integrity of our young men and women.
100% of scholars participate in extracurricular activities.
100% of scholars perform community service projects throughout the year.
Our scholars average a 3.6 cumulative GPA.
100% of scholars have graduated high school and have enrolled in postsecondary education, since 1989.
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.
"I am prepared. I am very excited for the great journey of college. I know how to do my laundry, somewhat cook, manage my time, live away from home, housekeeping hacks and a lot more all thanks to Boys Hope Girls Hope. I’m no longer a timid girl, and I am ready to take on many adventures and great opportunities that await me in the future.”
Jackie, Class of 2017
The College Road
Preparation for college is a cornerstone of Boys Hope Girls Hope academic programming. Over 15 years ago, the Boys Hope Girls Hope International team developed its own unique curriculum—The College Road—in order to increase college graduation rates among our scholars.
BHGH of Arizona 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.
Get involved with the local alumni chapter by visiting the BHGH International Alumni Association page!
About the BHGH International Network
While Boys Hope Girls Hope of Cincinnati 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.