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In this Season of Gratitude, Jimena Gives Thanks for Boys Hope Girls Hope

I knew that the dreams I had for my future were going to become a reality, when I got the phone call from Boys Hope Girls Hope in eighth grade letting me know that I had been accepted into the program.  

Boys Hope Girls Hope has become one of the most influential programs that I have been involved in and has provided me with so many useful experiences. For example, there are a lot of community service and learning opportunities, social events, and we learn important life skills that aren’t taught anywhere else. Over Fall Break, my fellow scholars and I volunteered at an organization that helps Aurora’s homeless population called “Aurora Warms the Night.” 

Although it is only my second year in high school and in BHGH, I have already established many connections in my school and community.  I have met many career panelists which has expanded my horizons for what I am interested in as my future career. One of my favorite recent panelists was Erika Righter, the founder of Hope Tank. She showed me that there are so many different ways to help people in our local community.     

Thanks to the encouragement of BHGH, I have become more involved in many aspects of my life. The clubs I am in include Student Leadership, National Honor Society, Aurora Lights, HOSA, Speech and Debate, and a Pre-Collegiate program at CU Denver. Outside of school I volunteer by helping at a local church and being a tutor to elementary school children. 

I am not a part of BHGH, BHGH is a part of me. They have helped me better myself as a student and as a part of my community. Due to BHGH, I now have dreams that I know I will be able to pursue after high school and college. As Thanksgiving approaches, I am especially grateful to the staff and scholars of BHGH. Thank you!