Around The House by Jack Cregan

Laura and Jocelyn getting ready to speak at the Success Starts With Hope Breakfast.
Laura and Jocelyn getting ready to speak at the Success Starts With Hope Breakfast.

Boys Hope Girls Hope opened October with our annual Success Starts with Hope breakfast.  The event, held in the Denver Tech Center, invited new and old faces for a chance to learn about and be reminded of the great work that goes on at Boys Hope Girls Hope on a daily basis.  Both residential and academy scholars rose early in the morning long before their school day started to mingle and eat with local professionals interested in getting more involved with the organization.  Boys Hope alum Kenneth Stable delivered a moving speech about the impact that BHGH has had on his life thus far and how he hopes to utilize the opportunities made possible through the organization and his hard work to continue his successful career and graduate studies.  The four residential seniors, Luis, Darwyn, Laura, and Jocelyn, also spoke on the significance of the Boys Hope Girls Hope mission statement and how they have channeled specific parts of it in their high school careers and seek to continue to do so next year at college.  The event was a great success and we would like to thank all the scholars, staff, and attendees for a great start to the day.

October also brought fall break to the hard working scholars, allowing them to catch a break from their studies and get involved in their communities.  The Regis Jesuit students spent two days working at the Food Bank of the Rockies packaging and organizing food orders for other nonprofit organizations.  The scholars represented the program in a fantastic way by following all the directions of the food bank staff and efficiently getting food out to others in need.

During Jocelyn’s fall break she joined the academy scholars and staff on a trip to Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado.  The overnight trip granted the students insight into the life of a Colorado Mesa student through a campus tour and night in the dormitories.  Later on in the week Jocelyn joined the academy again for a tour of University of Denver, a much different school much closer to home.  The scholars were able to compare and contrast the vastly different schools and get a grasp of what it is like to consider when thinking about prospective colleges.

The month concluded with a special trip to the Denver Nuggets home opener at the Pepsi Center.  Thanks to generous donations by Nick Rotello of Seven Two Partners LLC, the scholars sat in floor level seats and took in the whole NBA game experience.  Destiny, Eddy, and Javier wore their Nuggets gear while Jerkuei, Elias, and Luis cheered the home team onto victory, creating a night of great fun and special experiences at the Pepsi Center.  The scholars now look to build upon the fun events of October to continue working hard in November, as the end of the academic semester approaches!

Thank you for making all these opportunities possible!