Boys Hope Girls Hope provides holistic interventions for vulnerable youth who are motivated to succeed and whose backgrounds include tremendous need.
Boys Hope Girls Hope believes in children. We believe in their ability to overcome their circumstances. We believe in their ability to become more than they ever dreamed of becoming. And we believe that they can then go on to give hope to countless others. By providing children with arms-around care, safe homes and environments, a first-class education, opportunities to learn more about themselves
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All Boys Hope Girls Hope ALUMNI are reminded to join a virtual meeting tomorrow night, Thursday, April 14th at 7 p.m. CT, hosted by the Network Headquarters team. Stay up to date with a vision for the organization's future, ways alumni can stay involved, and network with other alumni! We can't wait to connect with you!
For any questions or to get the meeting link, contact James Williams at [email protected].
There was great excitement to meet as “One Team One Mission” in St. Louis, MO March 29-April 1 for our Reunite Hope EXTENDED Leadership Gathering. Over the course of our four days together, leaders from across our Network covered many topics, looked into the future, heard from outside experts, and learned from Boys Hope Girls Hope alumni. Read more on our blog...
We started walking! Did you?! Today kicks off Walk to Hope 2022, which runs April 1-30! For the last day of our Reunite Hope EXTENDED Leadership Gathering, we held a fun kickoff event in downtown St. Louis, trekking from the fabulous St. Louis Union Station to the Gateway Arch. That’s about 7,000 steps on Day 1! Wherever you are, thanks for getting started raising funds for our future and logging miles. We’re off! STRONG and TOGETHER!
Don’t forget to log your miles too!
Donate now or join the fun (it's not too late!) at https://boyshopegirlshope.org/walktohope
It’s here! Tonight, we will celebrate our 2021/2022 Excellence Awards honorees, including Mike de Graffenried who will receive our prestigious VATTEROTT AWARD! Named for its inaugural recipient John Vatterott, this award celebrates the legacy and impact of an extraordinary visionary—an exemplary man or woman for others—whose generosity, determination and philanthropic support has sustained the vital work of Boys Hope Girls Hope on behalf of scholars, collegians, and children in need.
Mike de Graffenried took a phone call from a friend about Boys Hope Girls Hope in 2001 and has continued to answer on the first ring ever since for the organization and its scholars. Over the past 20 years, Mike has distinguished himself with tremendous leadership, generous support, and unwavering dedication.
Read more about Mike’s commitment to Boys Hope Girls Hope in this special blog story. https://boyshopegirlshope.org/mike-de-graffenried-receives-2021-2022-vatterott-award/
Boys Hope Girls Hope is honored to recognize and celebrate Mike’s immeasurable contributions to helping young people achieve their goals and become persons for others.
Our Boys Hope Girls Hope 2021/2022 HERO OF HOPE is Jan Wacker! While she has been the development director for Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis since 2009, Jan Wacker’s dedication to the mission goes back even farther to her days as a volunteer. The depth of her commitment shows in the success of scholars and the entire St. Louis team.
Every scholar that walks through the door is family to Jan. From car rides and ice cream treats to summer jobs, camp scholarships, and sports equipment, Jan learns about and helps fulfill the needs and interests of scholars to ensure each feels known and included. She celebrates wins and empathizes with losses. She is there for scholars at all hours of the day and night.
Jan’s attention to people extends to donors, board members, and teammates. Even as she tirelessly brings in funding to support programs, she remembers details like birthdays and family milestones. She is not shy about letting people know their work is valued and appreciated. Jan shares tips for donor engagement and fundraising with affiliates across the Network and asks questions to promote fruitful sharing. She embodies what it means to build a community.
We’re SO excited to honor Jan along with our other 2021/2022 honorees at the Boys Hope Girls Hope Excellence Awards Dinner this week in St. Louis during our Reunite Hope Extended Leadership Gathering.
Here’s our third of five 2021/2022 Boys Hope Girls Hope Excellence Awards honorees being recognized this week.
The PARTNER IN HOPE AWARD is going to the University of Denver! A trailblazer in creating college access, affordability, and achievement for first-generation students, the University of Denver (DU) is a tremendous partner in bolstering Boys Hope Girls Hope collegians as they write their own success stories.
Through DU’s Pathways network for education equity, students served by community-based organizations like Boys Hope Girls Hope have access to a team of specialists in admissions, financial aid, and college transition and to additional funding to boost DU financial awards. DU also offers a robust selection of support and campus-engagement programs for our collegians, including the DU 1GenU program (a four-year developmental and community-building program for first-generation students and their families), the Presidential Leadership Program, the Excelling Leaders Institute, the Honors Program, and IRISE, an initiative that supports interdisciplinary research on issues of inequality, social justice, and inclusivity
Founded in 1864, DU is the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States. We are delighted that four Boys Hope Girls Hope collegians are currently adding to this legacy as DU students, and they are thriving. Boys Hope Girls Hope is pleased to join forces with and recognize the University of Denver as it works to “offer all students the opportunity to build the skills, knowledge, and perspective to make a difference in our world and create real, lasting change.”
We’re excited to announce our 2021/2022 Excellence Awards! Honorees will be recognized at the Boys Hope Girls Hope Excellence Awards Dinner this week in St. Louis during our Reunite Hope Extended Leadership Gathering.
Michallé Fain and Raymund Deng are being given this year’s LEGACY OF HOPE AWARDS as two alumni who exemplify the spirit of being well-educated, career-ready, and community-minded!
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois alumna Michallé Fain knew since second grade that she wanted to be a teacher. She graduated from Marquette University with a degree in elementary education and English literature. She dreamed of returning to her childhood neighborhood to give back as a teacher. She has been teaching at KIPP One Academy since, including stints as a fourth-grade math teacher and grade level chair. Most recently, KIPP promoted Michallé to vice principal. Michallé never hesitates to give back to Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois by speaking at events.
Boys Hope Girls Hope of San Francisco alumnus Raymund Deng graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Davis. He went on to graduate from the University of California Hastings College of Law in 2019 and passed the California bar exam. Today he is pursuing a career in law as a way to live out the Boys Hope Girls Hope mission and most recently joined the firm Triple Point Capital as an associate attorney. Although his time was stretched during law school, Raymund found ways to support Boys Hope Girls Hope by serving on a career panel and providing feedback on programming. He has also helped rising first-year college students define life goals and spoken about his passion for serving others and supporting those in need at Collegiate Prep Networking Night.
Congratulations Michallé and Raymund!
You can make a difference for YOU and for OTHERS! Will you consider spreading a little more hope? After all, this is OUR future we are talking about. Click for more details. Walk to Hope begins April 1. https://boyshopegirlshope.org/walktohope
45 years ago today, our Founder, Fr. Paul Sheridan, officially started Boys Hope Girls Hope with its first residential home in St. Louis. Some might call it luck. He would call it providence. We call it HOPE! Today, we’re a Network of affiliates operating programs in major cities across the US, and in two countries in Latin America. We spend years with each of our 1,200 young people—from middle school through career launch—attuned to their individual needs, helping them to leverage their strengths, and reach their potential. Thanks to Fr. Paul for his extraordinary vision, and Happy Founder’s Day to the entire Boys Hope Girls Hope family!
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