Our Impact in New Orleans

We have exceptional 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 and women. See how Boys Hope Girls Hope of New Orleans is meeting our mission and bringing our community together.

8 

scholars
in long-term residential program

5

 

collegians
working toward their degrees

267

 

total young people
who have journeyed life with us!

OUR SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS

Christian Brothers School
Cabrini High School
St. Xavier Catholic School

100%

 

go to college

since 1980!

94%

 

persist in college

30% higher than the national average!

44

 

college graduates since 1980!

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“They say it’s a requirement for scholars to get 100 service hours a year, but I don’t see it that way. I see it as something we get to do and engage with people out in the world.”

Pelarr
Alum
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“Boys Hope Girls Hope has given me tons of opportunities to succeed, like getting a great education and always having a house to come home to.”

Holly
Alum
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“It wasn’t just a house experience through my teenage years. I continue to be very involved and it’s incredibly beautiful what they’re doing to save lives.”

Nick Varuso
Alum
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“The part that means the most to me is connections and relationships that I’ve had. They mean so much to me because those are relationships and friendships that I’ll take with me for the rest of my life.”

Pelarr
Alum
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“The rigorous routine that Boy Hope Girls Hope gave to me helped me with my transition to LSU.”

Amanda
Alum
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“From the first day that I stepped into the house, BHGH told me I was going to do great things. They weren’t wrong.”

Edward
Alum

84%

from families below the US poverty line*

83%

from underrepresented minority groups

44%

girls and young women

56%

boys and young men

75%

first-generation
college students

100%

motivated to achieve their dreams

*network-wide number: The average income for our families overall is $32k/year, and 84% of our families make less than $50k/year, with most families having 2-6 members in the household and 11%  of families having 7 to 13 members each.

SERVING OTHERS IN NEED

Becoming well-educated and career-ready is all complimented by a focus on living a life of service to others—a key component of Boys Hope Girls Hope’s proven track record of life-transforming impact on scholar success.  Our scholars regularly participate in community service activities, complete service reflections, research community issues they are passionate about, brainstorm solutions they can offer, and lead service projects.

Each scholar is required to complete
  • 50
hours of community service every year

LIVING PROOF

Building Bridges to Big Dreams

Building Bridges to Big Dreams

“Joining Boys Hope Girls Hope was pivotal because once I knew I was in a place where people were rooting for me, I could focus on doing the things that helped me thrive.” When other teens were figuring out their dreams, Nicole Frazier was figuring out where to...

National Nurses Day Shoutout

National Nurses Day Shoutout

In celebration of National Nurses Week, Boys Hope Girls Hope reached out to a few of our many alumni throughout the Network who are nurses. These nurturing individuals have pursued a variety of specialties, but there is a common thread among them all—recognizing the...

Being EmBOLDENed by the Program

Being EmBOLDENed by the Program

Once I was a year into Boys Hope Girls Hope, I knew I wanted to graduate from high school and be prepared for college. I don’t know who I’d be today without the program. This month, Amanda Bolden launched her pre-med college career at Louisiana State University in...

Journee Berry

Journee Berry

“As I start my first year of Fordham Law School, I look back at the experiences that brought me this far, and hands down the most important one has been my time as a Boys Hope Girls Hope scholar. Boys Hope Girls Hope provided me with so many opportunities that my...

Demi Varuso

Demi Varuso

Demi joined Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans in the sixth grade. Her brother, Nick, had graduated from the program and was urging Demi to apply. “The Girls Hope home opened when Nick graduated, and he felt like it would be a good fit. At first, I said no,...

Jiarra Jackson

Jiarra Jackson

In 2002, the summer before her senior year, Jiarra Jackson joined the Boys Hope Girls Hope program in New Orleans. It was the first year the program had a Girls Hope home. Her mother had passed by the time Jiarra was in the ninth grade, and her father was ill. He...

Nick Varuso

Nick Varuso

Like many BHGH alumni, Nick attributes his success to the constructive and academic-focused home environment provided by BHGH. Born and raised in New Orleans, Nick experienced the “pull of negativity” as he entered his teenage years. The odds were stacked against him,...