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We would not be able to do our work without the support of volunteers, as you are partners and co-deliverers of our services. We need our communities to share our vision and take action to empower our scholars.

Volunteering for BHGH requires an application and interview, and most positions require a background screening. Click on the Volunteer Application to learn more.

College Process Volunteer

"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" Guest

Cover-to-Cover Book Club Facilitator

Academic Tutor

"Explore Next Door" Enrichment Activities

Saturday Programming Volunteer

Learn More About Our Volunteer Opportunities

College Prep Volunteer:

Help our scholars prepare for college by assisting them with their personal statements, Common App supplement essays, resumes, navigating the financial aid process, mock interviews and accompanying them on college campus visits.

"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" Guest:

Join us for dinner as a guest in our intimate dinner series. Guests share with scholars their stories and journey on how they became the person they are today with messages of encouragement, perseverance and determination.

Book Club Facilitator:

Our book club, Cover-to-Cover, takes place in 6 weeks cycles, 3-4 times a year. Books are selected and assigned to scholars based on their grade level and topics covered in their respective service learning courses. As a facilitator, you will guide discussions on relevant themes and topics covered in the novels in order to foster core literacy skills among our scholars and infuse a love of reading beyond the classroom. Each cycle culminates in a presentation from each reading group, presented in front of the BHGH community.

Academic Tutor:

Scholars are assigned to a tutor with knowledge of his or her troubled subject. Tutors meet with scholars at their respective residential dorms: LaSalle Hall for boys and McAuley Hall for girls.

"Explore Next Door" Enrichment Activities:

Scholars are encouraged to take advantage of the rich, cultural tapestry in our city by participating in a variety of extracurricular activities offered to them. Accompany our scholars to performances, screenings, conferences, dialogues, exhibitions, and workshops in a multitude of areas including sports, arts, sciences, and the humanities.

Saturday Programming:

Once a month scholars are required to participate in a BHGH staff-run Saturday program that focuses on a specific topic. Topics include Career Day, College Day, Life Skills Day, Visual and Performing Arts Day, and much more. If you enjoy conducting engaging workshops geared toward young adults and their developmental needs, volunteer to be a presenter or facilitator for one of these Saturday programs!

We need you.

Are you passionate about giving hope? Join our team!

Boys Hope Girls Hope currently has rewarding employment opportunities available throughout the United States and in Latin America. As part of our team, you will invest your talent and develop your skills as a member of our supportive community of lifelong learners. Most importantly, you will help us surround deserving young people with love and opportunities for enrichment that change their life trajectories.

We offer competitive salaries and benefits, a culturally competent and empowering environment, and the opportunity to have a deep and lasting impact.

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Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois
1100 North Laramie Avenue
Wilmette, IL 60091-1021
Phone: (847) 920-2783
Fax: (847) 512-0984