In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Featured Collegian
Scholar Showcase: Hannah
Hope Prep News
New Construction
Support BHGH
Upcoming Events
Pancake Breakfast
February 20

Trivia Night
February 27

Morning of Hope
 March 23

Golf Tournament
June 27

Evening of Hope
October 21

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Volunteer Spotlight!
Joe Linhares
has been volunteering with Boys Hope Girls Hope for over a year now, and we are so grateful for his support! 

Joe started out as a volunteer homework buddy at the girls' house and now also helps facilitate our Teen Outreach Program with Hope Prep in both the High School and Middle School. 

We are consistently blown away by Joe's generosity, compassion, and commitment to the Boys Hope Girls Hope mission!

Collegian Update
Clark-Atlanta University

Alik is a second semester freshman thriving both academically and socially in his first year on campus. He is currently attending Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia where he is majoring in chemistry and engineering.

He has already made himself at home on campus. He is a student athlete, holding a quarterback position with the university football team.
We are all very proud of Alik!
Message from the Director
Having completed my first year at BHGH St. Louis, I can now say that I've had the great pleasure of experiencing all the annual traditions and events at least once. And, just as 2015 has come to an end, 2016 has begun with a flurry of activity. On 1/9/16 a group of board members, volunteers and staff kicked off the next phase of strategic planning for BHGH St. Louis under the exceptional guidance of board member, Jack Cahill. Using the concepts introduced in the book "Good to Great" authored by Jim Collins as a guide, we will be outlining objectives and setting goals pertaining to all aspects of the agency. I'm thrilled to be part of this exciting exercise and look forward to sharing our progress as we move through the process.

On another exciting front, the construction of our new campus is moving along at a fever pace, and we are on schedule to take occupancy in the spring of 2016. Although we were slightly delayed by the extensive rain, having the windows installed and being completely under roof has us back on schedule. Be watching for a save the date for our spring ribbon cutting ceremony and open house; we can't wait to show off our new home and thank those who made it all possible.

So as I begin my second year, I'm happy to report that our high school seniors are taking their ACT's, completing college applications and anxiously awaiting acceptance letters. We are beginning to plan our next Morning of Hope, Golf tournament, Evening of Hope and other annual fundraising events, and we have begun our process of recruiting our next group of BHGH scholars. All of our scholars continue their other daily activities that make this such a rich experience, not only for them but for those involved with helping them grow. In other words, all is right with the world at Boys Hope Girls Hope St. Louis!
Deacon Farrelly
Scholar Showcase: Meet Hannah!

A goal of the program is to build a partnership with families. Relocating youth to learning communities in family-like homes is part of the process. Here, our scholars live with other equally motivated youth under supervision through their middle and high school education completion. Working to include the partnership with our scholars' families is a key indicator of success. 
"Delightful. Simply delightful." These are the first words that come to mind when I reflect on my brief time with Hannah last week. She's a seventeen year old junior at Kirkwood High School with a 3.8 cumulative GPA. I asked her about what she's benefited from in her 3 and 1/2 years at BHGH. With a quick smile, she described how she came to live in the Girls' House. "I thought I was applying for the other program, Hope Prep." Hannah's application to BHGH came through our community-based program in Ferguson-Florissant at McCluer South Berkeley. She was a pilot year applicant.

Reflecting on the question further, Hannah described how being in BHGH has given her a competitive peer group. Before the program, Hannah says, "I thought that I would become a police officer and I could do that just by going to the police academy, so I hadn't thought about going to college."

Hannah (left) has a close relationship with her mom (right), who has supported her participation and placement in Girls Hope.

She's found an academic competitiveness and rigor that pushes her to be successful. Hannah will take German and French this semester hoping to round off her exposure to multiple languages, including 3 years in Spanish. Hannah remains interested in criminal justice; she'll graduate from Kirkwood High School in 2017 with Truman University as her first choice and the University of London, as the alternate. She loves science and history. She's going to travel the world. She's going to live a life impacted by the BHGH mission.
Through BHGH partnerships with public and private school districts, scholars are matched with an academically appropriate school. Kirkwood Public Schools has been a longtime partner to the program, in addition to several private schools where scholars have enrolled: St. Joseph's Academy, Chaminade, DeSmet, Vianney, Nerinx, Ursaline, John F. Kennedy, Loyola Academy and Incarnate Word, among recently enrolled Scholars.

Hannah is pictured in the upper left. The friends created their own costumes, including hair and makeup.
She's a character, too! Hannah told me about a time when she and a friend were able to get discounted tickets to an Anime event by wearing "Cosplay". She says they've been hooked since. Home Visit weekends are especially fun, Hannah says, because she can visit with former classmates still living in her neighborhood. For Hannah, BHGH has provided an extended community. During Home Visits Hannah spends a lot of time with her mother. Hannah feels very much a part of her home life and is a model student and scholar in our Girls' House. "I found out that I'm competitive", she says with a smirk. She credits BHGH with providing the environment most conducive to helping reach her educational goals. 
Hope Prep & Scholar Council News

Markita & Christopher making apple butter.

The Hope Prep classroom has been hard at work this semester. This January and February, the underclassmen will be focusing on building their public speaking skills, making degree to career connections, and developing the art of reflection. Our upperclassmen are hard at work mapping out their road to college and researching scholarships and universities.  

The 2015-2016 BHGH Scholar Council is starting 2016 by planning their Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, which will be on February 20th at the boys home! They have also started planning this year's National Day of Service, which will be held at the BHGH International Office on April 16th 2016!
New Campus Construction

Grand Opening this spring! Watch for more information! 

Support BHGH
Provide a Meal for the one of the homes. This is a vital help to our residential staff and a wonderful treat for scholars! To sign-up on our Care Calendar, contact 
Caitlin for instructions. 
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