National Spotlight Shines on Boys Hope Girls Hope

DENVER PROGRAM HELPS TALENTED CHILDREN REACH FULL POTENTIAL

DENVER (09/13/10) – The national spotlight shines brightly on Boys Hope Girls Hope as the ABC hit series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition airs Sunday night, September 26th on ABC Channel 7 (Denver). Boys Hope Girls Hope is an international program that helps talented and motivated students who have been held back by circumstances beyond their control.

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado gives them the tools they need to reach their full potential, including everything from a safe home to a first-class education. With residential homes in 15 U.S. cities, including Denver and four Latin American countries, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” made the dream of a residential program for girls in Baltimore, Md., a reality. Boys Hope Girls Hope Colorado also has a residential program for 5 girls and 8 boys.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition didn’t just open the door to a bright future for seven deserving young ladies – they literally built the door – and we are tremendously grateful. We also are thankful for the opportunity to highlight what we do every day in cities across the country and right here in Denver.  For three decades, Boys Hope Girls Hope has quietly transformed the lives of young men and women by breaking the cycle of poverty that traps good kids in bad situations,” said Paul Minorini, president and CEO of Boys Hope Girls Hope International. “That’s what we’re all about at Boys Hope Girls Hope. We believe in children. We believe in their ability to overcome circumstances.  We believe in their ability to exceed even their boldest dreams. With a good home and a quality education, we empower children to reach their full potential.”

Boys Hope Girls Hope admits children from ages 10-14 who demonstrate the academic potential to succeed and supports them financially and emotionally, including a safe home and excellent education that will allow them to attend the college of their choice. Scholars are held to high standards and must fulfill academic requirements, participate actively in extra-curricular activities and engage in employment and community service. Boys Hope Girls Hope is a privately-funded, nonprofit organization that relies entirely on the support of individuals, corporations and foundations.

The Boys Hope of Colorado home was established in 1994 by Denver developers Don McFall and Barry Talley.  The Boys Hope program has offered 146 scholarships to young men in need.  In August 2009, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado expanded its program to serve girls, as well as starting the School-Based Enrichment Program.  The Girls Hope home opened in December 2009 to fully serve the girls and young women in our community.  The School-Based Enrichment Program is a partnership with Escuela de Guadalupe, Presentation of Our Lady, and Annunciation School and serves 27 students.  As an organization, Boys Hope Girls Hope has grown from serving 8 -12 young men to four dozen children and young adults in this fiscal year.

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado will be hosting a screening party on September 26 at the Tavern Tech Center.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is a prime–time, inspirational show that gives deserving individuals a complete home renovation. In July, Ty Pennington and fellow designers Michael Moloney, Paul DiMeo, Xzibit and Jillian Harris – along with hundreds of volunteers, donors and sponsors – built a home for Baltimore Girls Hope while the seven young ladies from Girls Hope vacationed in Los Angeles and enjoyed a tour of Hollywood.

The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Boys Hope Girls Hope episode airs on Sunday, September 26, at 6:00 p.m. MST, on ABC Channel 7.

To learn more about Boys Hope Girls Hope, visit http://www.boyshopegirlshope.org/.

To learn more about the Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado screening party, click here.

To see photos from the build, click here.

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About EMHE

The Emmy award-winning reality program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, entering its eighth season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It is executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.

CONTACT PERSON:

Mary Frances Tharp, Executive Director

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