Our program broadens the definition of the family support system to include a community charged with guiding our youth toward the best versions of themselves. Boys Hope Girls Hope of Kansas City provides holistic services to foster growth in our scholars and to cultivate their innate resilience.


of graduates go to college


participate in extracurriculars


receive college scholarships


persist in college


serve in the community


We serve young people with recognizable grit and determination needing access and opportunity. Need includes a variety of tough situations such as financial hardship, family stress, parent/guardian illness, neighborhood violence, or underperforming schools—most anything that would create significant barriers to a child reaching their full potential.

  • Boys and young men ages 10-14 at time of admission
  • Capable of rigorous academic college-preparatory work
  • Perform at or above grade level
  • Demonstrate integrity and leadership potential
  • Need for a long-term, value-centered, nurturing setting
  • Volunteers to apply for the program; understands and accepts expectations
  • Relates positively to peers and adults
  • Has a family, parent, or guardian that is supportive of the decision to join, and willing to help their scholar meet program expectations


All Boys Hope Girls Hope scholars participate in long-term, quality holistic programming in five core areas:
Long-Term Approach

Boys Hope Girls Hope scholars begin their journey with us in middle school and remain in the program through high school, college, and career launch.  Scholars move along together as we channel their energy, and leverage their talents, strengths, and passions into an individual plan that helps them reach their full potential.

Empowered Learning

Boys Hope Girls Hope scholars get ongoing academic support such as tutoring and college preparatory coaching.  They also receive an academic scholarship, affording them an opportunity to get a first-class education at one of our partner schools.

Life Preparedness

In addition to help with their academics, all scholars learn basic skills they need to live happy, productive lives, such as budgeting, communication skills, household chores, planning for the future, following a recipe, travel basics, and opening a bank account.

Personal Development

Boys Hope Girls Hope programming includes social & emotional awareness and physical activities that promote all-around health and well-being. Scholars are encouraged to explore their own spirituality as a critical part of living a healthy, well-adjusted life.  All scholars are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities that feed their purpose and passion.

Leadership & Service

Boys Hope Girls Hope scholars are encouraged to become people for others—to live with purpose and give back to others in need.  This is reinforced through community service; dialogue about important global and local issues; and the development of their own passions for social justice and being a change maker in their family and community.

College & Career Readiness

Our career preparation and leadership programming helps scholars identify their strengths and talents and what future careers they are interested in.  Then, with mentoring, setting educational goals, planning, assistance with jobs and internships, as well as mock interviews and other experiential opportunities, we help get them there. Boys Hope Girls Hope remains a network of support for our alumni.


At Home

Our home accommodates up to ten scholars who are cared for by a team of professional residential counselors which creates a nurturing environment while guiding them through our holistic programming, which includes a mix of online curricula, local experiences, and opportunities for networking and collaboration with other scholars across the Boys Hope Girls Hope Network.


Our scholars are enrolled in top-rated college-preparatory schools for middle and high school. We’re grateful for our long-term partnerships with St. Thomas More and Rockhurst High School.

After School

Scholars explore a variety of interests, including extracurricular activities in and out of school, and receive access to a broad spectrum of services, like mentoring, tutoring, and therapy.  They share chores, do homework together, eat, and grow up together. Older scholars hold their first job and save for college, cars, or other needs. Some scholars even start their own businesses.  They also have lots of fun!


During weekends and in the summer months, scholars embark on an exploration of college and career options, university visits, personal development, and goal setting—activities designed to help them discover themselves and the world around them. They go on scheduled home visits to spend time with family and friends. They engage in community service learning projects and reflection that teach them the value of living a life committed to serving others. They also attend games, performances, and events, and just do things they enjoy.



Collegians enrolled in 15 or more credit hours and maintaining specific GPA requirements may apply for scholarship funds each semester from Boys Hope Girls Hope through college degree completion (in five years or less). Outside of this scholarship, the Boys Hope Girls Hope Network partners with a number of colleges and universities to offer additional scholarship opportunities. 

Internships & Career Launch

Boys Hope Girls Hope keeps collegians connected, supported, and in the know of many internship opportunities secured through local and Network partnerships. These have led to full-time positions after graduation. Boys Hope Girls Hope supports collegians in their first career launch and offers a network of support for our alumni!

See how Boys Hope Girls Hope is prioritizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

My Road


My Road is Boys Hope Girls Hope’s innovative online learning experience which consists of a journey of activities, assessments, and benchmarks that ensure scholars are developing academically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually in preparation for college, career, and life.

One Team One Mission


There’s power in numbers.  As a part of the Boys Hope Girls Hope Network, our scholars benefit from programming, resources, partnerships, research, scholarship funds, and shared best practices.  Our program uniquely offers a combination of deep local impact and the benefit of diverse international perspectives and interactions.  Our scholars, collegians, alumni and team members come together with other impact-driven individuals, maximizing opportunities to share, support, solve problems, and serve.

Our Network includes Boys Hope Girls Hope Network Headquarters and 16 affiliates in the US and Latin America.  All Boys Hope Girls Hope affiliates ascribe to the same research-supported Program Model and Theory of Change.  We’re proud of the support, and connections we receive from our Network!