Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis, Inc.

aka BHGH STL   |   Richmond Heights, MO   |  http://www.boyshopegirlshopestl.org

Mission

To nurture and guide motivated young people in need to become well-educated, career-ready men and women for others.

Ruling year info

1979

Executive Director

Ms. Cassandra Sissom

Main address

8027 Elinor Avenue

Richmond Heights, MO 63117 USA

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EIN

43-1202596

NTEE code info

Group Home (Long Term (P73)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In the City of St. Louis, 25% of all high school students in the public schools drop out before graduation (City Health Dashboard, 2017). Furthermore, only 34.2% of the City’s population aged 25 years and older has earned a bachelor’s degree (St. Louis Regional Chamber, 2017). As education becomes more and more imperative for job and earnings attainment, youth-in-need in our community are not reaching their potential. According to the St. Louis Regional Chamber’s estimates, St. Louis residents with a bachelor’s degree earn a median income of $52,438, and those without a high school degree earn a median income of only $21,475. Earning potential with a college degree is more than double that of a high school dropout. Our efforts are important not only for the scholars who graduate from our programs, but also for their future families; post-secondary education graduates have access to higher wages, better employee benefits, career networks, and further social resources.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Residential Project HOPE

Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis operates a consolidated residential campus with a home for boys and a home for girls. Our Residential program provides scholars with a safe and secure home-like setting (Homes), opportunities for enrichment and skill expansion (Opportunities), quality mentors and trained caregivers (Parenting), and a college preparatory education (Education). Scholars typically enroll in our program between the ages of 10 - 14, and our long-term, comprehensive commitment continues through college graduation.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The BHGHSTL Academy goal is to equip young people with the opportunities necessary to become well-educated, responsible, and compassinate citizens with healthy relationships, self-sstaining careers and a practice of giving back to the community. From sixth grade through high school, we accomplish this through:After-school programming that includes transportation from select partner schools, homework help, tutoring, cultural activities, and a healthy, family-style meal, Saturday activities once a month during the school year, Summer programming and opportunities for summer camp scholarships after the first year, Emphasizing college readiness, including ACT preparation, college visits, and help with school, financial aid, and scholarship applications, Annual college scholarships for students who complete our program and meet specified academic criteria, Volunteer and service opportunities to promote helping others and building community, Academic, social, emotional, & financial support

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of graduates enrolled in higher learning, university, or technical/vocational training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of scholars who graduate from four year colleges and university within six years

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

During academic year 2018-2019, 24 collegians were on track to meet this metric. Two graduated and earned their undergraduate degrees.

Number children performing average or above average academically

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Residential Project HOPE

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

During the 2018 - 2019 academic year, scholars earned a cumulative average 3.0 GPA. Staff has been working to ensure all scholars meet this goal and we anticipate all 20 reaching this in 2019-2020.

Number of students who demonstrate the desire to succeed in the academic setting

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through use of our tutors, mentors, and proprietary college preparatory programming, all scholars participate in age-appropriate academic enrichment.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

BHGHSTL works to break the cycle of poverty by providing access to education and enrichment opportunities to youth-in-need. Participating scholars apply as middle school students for acceptance into our comprehensive, long-term, holistic residential program that offers:
• College preparation, including college tours
• ACT Prep
• Lifelong, 1:1 mentor relationships
• 1:1 academic advising and ongoing subject-specific tutoring
• Personal growth opportunities including character development workshops and cultural enrichment opportunities
• Summer camp participation
• Development of volunteerism mindset through annual completion of 40 hours of service
• Post-secondary program support and scholarships based on eligibility
• Ultimately a path through post-secondary education and into successful careers

The BHGHSTL program capitalizes on the innate grit and resilience in scholars, nurturing emotional growth, fostering skill building, and encouraging the exploration of a scholar’s interest and potential career path.

All program participants are capable, motivated, and come from backgrounds of measured need. Acceptance is based on demonstrated academic ability, behavior and emotional capacity to succeed in college. Scholars graduating from high school in our care continue to receive emotional and social support services on their campuses as Collegians. Beyond college, many scholars tap into the national network of committed Boys Hope Girls Hope stakeholders to help begin their careers.

BHGHSTL makes a deep investment in a select number of high potential youth who, at a significant rate, overcome challenging family circumstances and other systemic environmental risk factors to become high performers committed to bettering themselves and their communities. Our model emphasizes quality over quantity and depth over breadth. Enrolled scholars live year-round on our campus and receive wrap-around services that enable the growth of the whole person, and upon matriculation into college, receive emotional support, assistance navigating higher education administration and financial aid offices, and, if eligible, financial support in the form of a scholarship. Our program provides:

• A safe, nurturing home environment under the direction of a trained, professional residential staff, including clothing, proper nutrition, and access to cultural enrichment opportunities
• Character development and personal growth opportunities including monthly community service experiences
• Life-coaching, relationships with quality mentors, the opportunity for spiritual development, and the clear communication of high expectations
• Placement in college preparatory schools, college preparatory programming, and comprehensive academic support
• Guidance through the processes of: career exploration, post-secondary program discernment, and applications for college admittance, financial aid, and scholarships
• Financial and emotional support throughout the transition to and completion of college

Our model incorporates an individualized, strengths-based, and whole-person development model in which the scholars become responsible for shaping their own growth in healthy collaboration with the BHGHSTL Program team, and each scholar’s guardians, mentors, educators, and therapists. This collaborative goal-setting and growth tracking process is called Service Planning, and these plans are developed in the context of a conference with the scholar, his/her guardian(s), the Residential Counselor identified as a “point person” for the scholar, the Program Manager, and other key individuals as appropriate, such as therapists or school personnel. Together this group identifies realistic, meaningful and SMART personal, emotional, social, physical, and intellectual goals and pairs them with concrete action steps, indicators of progress, targets, and time frames.

Within this framework, BHGHSTL delivers holistic, evidence-based programming to the youth in our care. We focus on ensuring that scholars are able to meet our three organizational goals:

Goal 1: Scholars demonstrate academic success in and graduate from college preparatory schools.
Goal 2: Scholars increase the academic and extracurricular skill sets predictive of success in school.
Goal 3: Scholars grow in emotional intelligence, character asset development, civic awareness, independent living skills, and experience and competency to successfully transition to mature, productive adulthood and become leaders.

Boys Hope Girls Hope has been in operation since 1977. Our experience has evolved with the needs of our youth, and we work to remain updated in best practices in the education and youth development space.

We benefit from membership in an International Network of Boys Hope Girls Hope affiliates who share the same goals. The Headquarters hosts conferences and offers guidance and regular assistance with programming and governance needs.

Our direct services staff each receives at least 80 hours of training within their first 90 days of hire, and each year thereafter they receive a minimum of 40 hours additional annual training. This training includes CPR, First Aid, Medicine administration, and BHGH STL policies and procedures, licensing protocol. Additionally, trauma-informed practices and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training are required, and staff remains on track with monthly direct service staff meetings. Annual cultural competency training is also offered to both staff and volunteers, and built into our budget is a stipend for each staff member to pursue professional development opportunities.

Our scholars worked hard to have a tremendous 2018 - 2019 academic year. They finished out with a home average 3.0 GPA and enjoyed various extracurricular activities. In May, all of our residential scholars matriculated to the next grade level. Four residential scholars and ten Hope Prep Academy Scholars graduated from high school and enrolled at colleges of their choice, earning a substantial amount of scholarships.

Our Collegians also excelled this past year: two scholars who had been on full ride scholarships graduated from Washington University in St. Louis. One is now studying for the LSAT, and the other has chosen to continue at Wash U toward her Masters in Social Work at the Brown School.

In addition to our scholar successes, Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis has grown organizationally during 2019 - 2020. Partnering with our International Headquarters, we have implemented an internal program compliance and quality control process we call the Performance Management Tool, which is helping to elevate and enhance our programming. We have additionally transferred our documentation into a new data management system that will help streamline our reporting, and we have hired a full-time licensed therapeutic counselor to provide services to all of our scholars.

In September 2019, we welcomed former Program Director Cassandra Sissom, LPC as our new Executive Director, and she has taken her leadership role to the next level. She already has implemented action on our new strategic plan initiatives, including increasing collegian success and residential outcomes, diversifying revenue streams, and improving staff retention. Together, Cassandra and Development Director Jan Wacker raised over $900,000 at our signature Evening of Hope dinner gala in November 2019, partnering with local corporations including Emerson, World Wide Technology, and Edward Jones. We continue to be humbled by the community of support that rallies around our scholars.

Financials

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Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. James Mather

RubinBrown LLP

Term: 2011 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Kurt Heumann

United Healthcare

Term: 2013 -

Ronald O'Dwyer

St. Louis University

Miles Faust

Wee Ones, LLC

Donald Geders, Jr.

Thomas L. Dowell & Associates, Inc.

Everett Johnson

Edward Jones

Brian King

Plancorp, LLC

Kurt Heumann

UnitedHealthcare

Juanita Logan

World Wide Technology, Inc.

Bill Mansfield

Graybar

Christine Miller

Husch Blackwell

Richard Nemanick

Kristin Ostby de Barillas

Boys Hope Girls Hope International

James Mather

RubinBrown

Tom Harmon

Commerce Bank

Andrea Barry

Deloitte

Lisa Flavin

Emerson

Kristin Morris

Savoy Properties

Daniel Isom

REJIS

Jennifer Noakes

PLZ Aeroscience

Tracy Reiter

Emerson

Karen Loiterstein

Enterprise Bank & Trust

H. VandeKamp

Vitaligent

Caroline Macharia

Ernst & Young, LLP

Brian Wellinghoff

Barry-Wehmiller

Mark Winkler

UMB Bank

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/25/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data