Dear Boys Hope Girls Hope Friends and Families,
It’s hard to believe that we are about to embark upon the 2019/20 school year! The past year has brought significant changes to our program as well as many successes as we transitioned from our dual Residential and Academy Programs to fully focus on our Academy Programs at Regis Jesuit High School and Aurora Central High School, while continuing our College Program. One goal has been to increase the number of scholars served in our communities, ensuring they complete high school and ultimately earn their college degree. Looking back on the past year, I can share with confidence that our transition was a resounding success and has increased the efficacy, sustainability, and strength of our programs.
Prior to the transition, we served approximately 85 scholars through our Residential, Academy, and College Program. Last school year we served 95 scholars and collegians and expect continued growth throughout the year!
In 2019-2020 we project serving:
18 scholars at Regis Jesuit High School Academy
48 scholars at Aurora Central High School Academy
45 collegians attending schools throughout the country
Additional program highlights and outcomes from the 2018/19 program year include:
- All 13 high school seniors graduated from high school and were accepted to at least one college.
- The high school graduates earned more than $1.4 million in grants and awards. Scholarships included the Boettcher, Aurora Gives, and Alpha Phi Alpha. Current collegians have been awarded Daniels, Horatio Alger, Distinguished Scholars at Colorado Mesa University, Evans, and Reischer Scholarships.
- Three collegians celebrated their graduations in 2019.
- The scholars’ average ACT score was 23; average SAT score was 1081.
- 78% of our scholars in both programs earned Honors or High Honors status in Spring 2019.
- 10 of our 11 seniors at Aurora Central High School have earned college credits this year by taking co-enrollment classes offered by the Community College of Aurora.
Just 10 years ago, our program was proud to serve 13 scholars and their families. This year we expect to grow our numbers to more than 100 scholars served. I, along with the Board of Directors for Boys Hope Girls Hope Colorado, am so thankful for the continued support of our donors, scholars, families, and our community. I am greatly looking forward to continued service in our organization as we support our scholars through their own development into men and women for others.
Wishing you a safe and fun last few weeks of summer!