July marks the beginning of the Boys Hope Girls Hope fiscal year. Reviewing the year I realize we have been BUSY!. Our homes are full. We have the second highest affiliate GPA in the country. This summer our scholars are attending summer school, summer camps, flying to St. Louis and Omaha to participate in Campus Camp and College Success, and playing basketball (to name a few). Our scholars participated in over 300 hours of community service. Over 100 volunteers spent time helping our scholars, giving approximately 800 hours of volunteer time. We welcomed five new members onto our Board of Directors. BHGH was recently recognized by the Educational Policy Institute in A Blueprint for Success: Case Studies of Successful Pre-College Outreach Programs, for its excellence as a pre-college outreach program, not attached to a specific school.
I want to thank Sean Coughlin, with Slalom Consulting, for his leadership role as board chair. He has steered us through challenging times, both financially and programmatically. Ann Rice is our incoming board chair for fiscal year 2013. She first became involved with Boys Hope Girls Hope by running the Marathon of Hope in Chicago. You know anyone who is willing to run 26.2 miles for BHGH is committed to our scholars and their success!!!
Fiscal year 2013 will be an equally busy year. There is new demand for our program and we are beginning to explore options for our anticipated wait listed scholars. Our scholars are learning what it means to be an emerging leader. Our dedicated residential counselors and staff are working hard to provide an environment that educates and encourages our scholars.
You might find it interesting to know that in Colorado, only 73% of all high school students graduated with a regular diploma in four years. Dropouts from the class of 2008 will cost Colorado almost $4.3 billion in lost wages over their lifetimes.
100% of the Boys Hope Girls Hope scholars continue on to the next grade each school year. The average gpa increases by .50 but with increasingly difficult classes in more rigorous schools. For instances, one scholar went from a 2.70 gpa her freshman year to a 4.05 gpa her junior year and includes Honors Chemistry and AP English.
According to the 2012 Legislative Report from the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, in the Colorado Class of 2009 (most recent study findings), 67% of high school graduates enrolled in a college or university during the 2009 -2010 school year. White students had college-going rates of 72% compared with African-Americans at 66%, Hispanics at 49% and Native Americans at 48%. College-going rates by district were 55% in Denver and 46% in Aurora.
Boys Hope Girls Hope has a track record of 100% of our graduating scholars going on college or military service. Our scholars are typically minorities and usually come from the DPS or APS school district.
So you can see we are doing something right! Thank you for your involvement with Boys Hope Girls Hope. Everything helps, whether you volunteer with the scholars, attend an event, host a school supply drive at work or tell your friend about our work. We are serving more children and that is because of you. We are grateful to you! HOPE GROWS!!