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 Illinois 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 Residential program functions as a loving and nurturing family atmosphere, a dynamic environment with a sense of belonging, central to healthy adolescent development.
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.
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
Our Local Impact
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.
86% of our scholars hold a cumulative GPA over 3.0. 32% of all scholars are achieving a 3.5 or higher.
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 BHGH of Illinois has truly enlightened me and reintroduced diligence into my mind in an ingenious way. BHGH 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, BHGH of Illinois Class of 2015
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.
Our scholars are accepted to and attend some of the finest colleges and universities.
Boys Hope Girls Hope Alumni
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, contact us.
About the BHGH Network
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois is an affiliate of Boys Hope Girls Hope, and we ascribe to the same Theory of Change and Research-Supported Program Model which differentiates our network and 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.