We want the best for our scholars.Our program broadens the definition of family to include the 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.
We succeed when they succeed.
We take a long-term and comprehensive approach.
We support our scholars from adolescence through college graduation and beyond, offering a holistic spectrum of programming that evolves with the age and needs of youth.
Our home accommodates up to 10 scholars, who are cared for by live-in, round-the-clock professional Residential Counselors. Scholars share chores, do homework together, attend religious services, eat, and grow up together. Academic growth and whole-person development are the program focus: residential scholars are enrolled in college-preparatory programs at top-rated area schools; scholars are matched with tutors who help them reach their academic potential and mentors who share their life experience; they are enrolled in extracurricular activities designed to help them discover themselves and the world around them; and they engage in community service projects that teach them the value of living a life committed to serving others.
For BHGH residential and non-residential scholars, a college education is not a dream, it is an expectation. College Road is a multi-year, interactive program with specific activities that are proven to prepare scholars for the demands of campus life and independent living. It was initiated in 2000 by BHGH International to drastically increase college graduation rates among participating youth. Each scholar uses a digital MyRoad Portfolio, which is a personalized guide to his/her College Road activities from 7th grade through the college planning process. The College Road curriculum is designed to help BHGH college students develop three critical attributes for success in education as well as professional life: competency, connectedness and confidence.
Through the BHGH International Scholarship Fund, scholars having completed College Road activities and MyRoad benchmarks, enrolled in 15 or more credit hours and maintaining specific GPA requirements may apply for scholarship funds each semester through college degree completion (in five years or less).
Who We Serve
We serve academically capable and motivated children in need. Need includes a variety of tough situations such as poverty, family stress, parent/guardian illness, neighborhood violence or underperforming schools—most anything that would prevent a highly capable child of reaching his or her full potential.
Ages 10 through College Graduation (10-14 at time of admission)
Capable of Rigorous Academic College-Preparatory Work
Need for a long-term, value-centered, nurturing setting
Volunteers for program, understands and accepts expectations
Relates positively to others
Has a family or guardian that is supportive
Our Local Impact
We currently serve 12 junior high through collegian scholars from throughout the Greater Kansas City area.
We have great numbers to represent our success and we often hit 100%. But that’s not where the story ends. There isn’t a number that is large enough to represent the character, ambition, courage and integrity of our young men.
100% of scholars participate in extracurricular activities.
100% of scholars perform community service projects throughout the year.
Our scholars average a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
100% of scholars who remain in the program through high school graduation enroll in postsecondary education.
100% of high school graduates receive college scholarships.
94% of BHGH graduates return their second year of postsecondary education – 30% higher than the national average.
“Before BHGH, I never thought about college, entrepreneurship, opportunities of growth in corporate America, and many other things. BHGH provided me and provides our scholars with opportunities and shows them that there’s a bigger world out there than the one we came from. It’s all about changing circumstances and showing our scholars that there is a chance.”
Gregg Scruggs, BHGH Alumnus and National Spokesperson, "A Change In Circumstance"
The College Road
Boys Hope Girls Hope Alumni Community
Graduates of Boys Hope Girls Hope programs across the affiliate network become members of the Alumni Association, a growing body of young professionals. Members are active in their local communities and Alumni Association Chapters, promoting awareness of Boys Hope Girls Hope, building a strong network of alumni connections, and offering opportunities to get involved.
If you are a BHGH Alum, get involved! It's a great way to network, build business & personal relationships, and give back.