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Academic Support Boys Hope Girls Hope

Overview of BHGHCommunity Academic Support and Enrichment Literacy Initiatives ♦ College Knowledge Program ♦ Student Development Education ♦ Summer Enrichment Academy Financial Literacy

Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York executes its mission through its urban boarding program model—the only one of its kind in New York City.  Partnering with two private schools, BHGHNY provides a range of support services to its young men and women to ensure that they receive the after-school assistance needed to be successful in high school, ready to pursue higher education, and become responsible and productive citizens. Through its participation in BHGH International’s Quality Performance Assessment Inventory (QPAI), BHGHNY is able to measure its outcomes and evaluate the effectiveness of its services and operations at the end of each academic year. 

A stable and safe Community of learners and educators

Our Scholars reside on campus from Sunday evening through Friday afternoon. They walk to their classes and remain in close contact with teachers, school administrators, and caring residential program staff. All members of our residential staff are positive and mature role models who are passionate about youth development, understand the importance of pursuing higher education, and have at the minimum earned a Bachelor’s Degree. They all genuinely care for the scholars’ welfare and their academic, moral and social development. BHGHNY staff works closely with school leaders and teachers to ensure that its resident scholars are advancing appropriately in all areas of their lives.

Academic Support and Enrichment

BHGHNY keeps databases tracking and measuring the academic results and overall development of every single scholar served.  Each scholar is assigned a counselor and advisor who monitors academic and personal progress and communicate with other BHGHNY staff on a weekly basis to assess academic performance and broader contributions to the program.

We provide a structured learning environment that includes daily periods of mandatory study. During these periods, BHGHNY staff is on hand to provide extra-help, tutorials and general support. Specialized tutoring—based on the individual needs of each scholar—are offered in our residences in collaboration with dedicated educators and volunteers from the NY Department of Education, local colleges, and professionals from the general community.  Additionally, starting in the fall of 2012, a Literacy Program, and math and writing workshops will be introduced to further solidify and enhance scholars’ academic skills.

Individualized Academic Support Plans:

Academic Support Plans are action plans tailored to the needs, interests, academic history, and potential of each participant. We us an individualized approach to academic success, consisting of math and writing workshops, individual tutoring, study groups, and silent study hall based on individual student’s academic needs determined collaboratively by residential staff, teachers, our Dean of Academics, and the student. Our new Academic Achievement course, rolling out in SY 2017-2018, will be an added weekly program for our incoming freshmen and any interested or struggling upperclassmen to improve their academic success.

To support our scholars and ensure adherence to their academic plans, BHGHNY’s staff is assigned as an advisor to a caseload of scholars.  Advisors provide individualized guidance and support to their students both academically and personally, and also work closely with parents and teachers to keep them apprised of their scholar's progress and needs. For parents, these updates come in the form of weekly check-in calls, and in-person meetings with written reports in more serious cases.  We also host quarterly Report Card Nights which requires all parents to join the BHGHNY community to discuss their scholars' successes both academically and personally.

Academic Achievement Course:

This course was created to launch during the 2017-2018 School Year. The program’s intention is to develop our freshmen’s study skills and support their academic achievement. As the transition into a rigorous high school setting takes some adjustment, our freshmen will be engaging in weekly achievement sessions to internalize new study habits, engage in 1:1 academic support, practice stress relief for academic success, and encourage goal setting. Each class is designed based on best-practice strategy and instruction and will consist of a task for enhancing literacy, an introduction of a new study skill, time to practice of the skill with support, and a stress relieving strategy.

Literacy Initiatives

BHGHNY promotes a love of literacy and improves literacy skills through two weekly initiatives: Literacy Hour and Cover to Cover.

Literacy Hour

Our Literacy Hour is dedicated to increasing reading skills through various efforts, including trips to the library, self-selected silent reading, targeted literacy workshops and journaling. Students engage in Literacy Hour once a week and are required to complete a book report on a book of their choice once a quarter for this program.

Cover to Cover

Cover to Cover is a weekly evening book club that explores grade appropriate developmental themes and societal issues. This program is a five week long session that occurs twice each year, and culminates with a final group presentation. Our residential counselors serve as advisors of these book clubs, and BHGHNY also encourages community volunteers to come and discuss different topics in the books during our weekly sessions.

College Knowledge Program

BHGHNY provides comprehensive college counseling for the scholars and their families to serve as a supplement to the resources offered by our partner schools. Using an action plan tailored to the needs, interests, academic history and potential of each scholar, BHGHNY works with its scholars and their families to explain and provide assistance in every aspect of the college application process, which includes: College Matching and Strategic Planning (Individual one-on-one session); Understanding the Common Application; Creating a Resume and Supplemental Materials;  Writing the College Essay; Writing Supplemental Essays and Understanding Their Role in the Admissions Process; Applying for Financial Aid; and Reviewing the College Application in Its Entirety. In addition, all participants will be enrolled in a Standardized Test prep course that will focus on both content review and test-taking strategy. Our program starts in our scholars' Freshman Year and increases in time and rigor as the students’ progress towards graduation.

Parents are involved throughout this process through frequent check-ins by phone or email, and informational workshops.

Student Development Education

In addition to our rigorous academic services and supports, BHGHNY also finds it vital to provide developmental education outside of the classroom. Through our weekly Service Learning and Rites of Passage programming, BHGHNY engages students in opportunities to improve their leadership skills, explore their personal interests and beliefs, utilize the arts and culture for personal expression, and achieve global fluency and community awareness.

Service Learning Education:

BHGHNY considers “service to others” as an integral feature in a young person’s development and seeks to instill in its scholars a sense of what it means to be a responsible citizen. Our Service Learning modules are designed to do this. This course occurs once a week and provides a scaffolded educational experience in which grade-level organized groups explore different areas of injustice. Throughout their four years at BHGHNY, the scholars will be exposed to 3-4 modules per year, progressing in content, critical thinking skills, and social actions. Each module culminates with a service related project where the scholars can showcase what they learned and how they can be change agents in their communities, ultimately leading our youth to develop a strong relationship between themselves and the world.

Student Leadership Council (SLC):

Our SLC is a group of scholar-elected individuals who are in charge of representing the entire BHGHNY student body. The SLC works together to create policies and procedures for residence life, to voice scholar opinions and ideas about programming with staff, and to lead residents to succeed in both academic and personal endeavors. The SLC members also act as ambassadors of the BHGHNY program to all volunteers, donors, and other guests.

Rites of Passage:

This program utilizes creative expression, group based activities, and guided introspection to nurture strong personal identity and character development. Using frameworks such as Brother-Sister Circle, we will scaffold on to the residential life supports, service learning, cultural immersion, arts making, and health and wellness opportunities to encourage the holistic development of the BHGHNY Scholars. Brother-Sister Circle provides an opportunity for scholars to complete group and individual reflections and challenges, enhance their resiliency and identity formation, and work on identifying their distinct skills and gifts. 

Explore Next Door and Saturday Programming:

These enrichment activities make use of the rich cultural tapestry that is New York City, BHGHNY uses the resources at our fingertips to add another layer and approach to Enrichment.  Students are encouraged to expand their social capital and cultural competence by participating in extra-curricular activities at their schools, applying for summer programs in travel, service, and academics, and attending local conferences and arts and culture events around the city.  Scholars attend a variety of performances, screenings, conferences, dialogues, exhibitions, and workshops in multiple areas of interest including sports, arts, science, and humanities.  Over the course of the year, each scholar is required to participate in 8 Saturday programs, at least 6 excursions, and at least two extracurricular options at their schools. 

Summer Enrichment Program/Opportunities

BHGHNY will not rest when it comes to assuring our Scholars the best possible future educational opportunities, which is why we started our Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) in 2014. This program improves our Scholars’ reading, writing, and mathematics skills through a 5-week summer school. Our students have a rigorous workload to complete and high expectations to reach in order to be successful in SEA. Along with daily class discussions, classwork and homework, SEA final projects, presentations, and examinations challenge our Scholars to think critically and produce thoughtful, organized and intelligent work. In 2016, we added courses in Service Learning and Public Speaking in order to give our Scholars an edge in the college admissions process. These new courses allowed our students to find confidence in their voices and fostered a new awareness of social equity and justice.

Financial Literacy

Life Skills Summit:

In February 2017, BHGHNY hosted its first annual Life Skills Summit. At the conference, BHGHNY hosted multiple financial representatives from the local community. Mr. Jean Laraque, Vice President at TD Bank, gave a keynote address, and other representatives hosted sessions on Financial Literacy, Wealth Management, and Financial College Readiness for our young scholars throughout the day.

Scholar Savings Accounts:

In collaboration with our TD Bank representatives, each of the young scholars at BHGHNY opened a College Savings Account in Fall 2015. All scholars have the opportunity to earn money based on their academic and personal achievements at BHGHNY. Whenever a scholar gets on Academic Dean's List, earns a Value Award for Compassion, Vision, Dignity, or Courage, or is named Scholar of the Month, BHGHNY deposits $50 into his or her bank account. Once the scholar graduates, these savings are transferred into tuition for college.