This summer 2019 for the very first time Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York partnered with Cristo Rey Brooklyn (our female partner school) for our Summer Enrichment program. The program runs annually, serving our rising freshmen and sophomore scholars with the purpose to prevent summer learning loss. This year we continued to strengthen our relationship with our partner school by having both our female and male scholars take advantage of a robust summer course load. Scholars were placed into two, three-hour courses led by Cristo Rey Brooklyn faculty which included: Math, Humanities, and Spanish skills along with Geometry Bridge (Accelerated Math) and Human Geography Bridge (Accelerated History).
Similar to our year-long residential model, work did not just end inside the classroom. The Boys Hope Girls Hope of NY team worked hard to provide our scholars with positive social interactions and additional academic support. By hosting our Residential Week program, communal lunches, and our end of year commencement, we were able to engage scholars, staff, and families. Furthermore, we also had the great privilege of brining on two of our very own Boys Hope Girls Hope of NY alumnus Bryan Rivera (Class of 2017) and Tatsuya Rivera (Class of 2018). These former scholars played a crucial part in supervising our Structured Study Hall and furthermore acting as a mentor to our underclassmen.
We like to see our Underclassmen transition into independent Upperclassmen, so our juniors and seniors are tasked with finding a program of their choice. They take full responsibility of the process including applications that may include gathering references, interviews and personal statements. To conclude the program, we ask about their experience. Here is what some of them had to say:
“I believe after participating in this program I gained maturity and understanding. This program allowed me to recognizee how much I have grown since my enrollment at BHGH and allowed self-reflection of once being a kid and now a counselor in the program.”
Elijah Richards (Junior)
Fieldstone Enrichment Program
“This program has given me a much better understand of the different fields that engineering consists of including mechanical, civil, chemical, aeronautical, and architectural engineering. I have also met amazing people who work in the engineering field and have given me connections at Manhattan College.”
Kevyn Duran (Senior)
Introduction to Engineering for Women and Minorities Program at Manhattan College
“I feel that I have gained more skills that can help me on the SAT/ACT. I have also learned how to apply different tips and strategies on an SAT exam in the limited time given on the test that I can share with some peers to help increase their score.”
Jason Noel (Senior)
Let’s Get Ready SAT Prep Program
“In Guatemala I had the opportunity to help build a soccer court and a playground for kids in a village. I also helped the kids in high school with their English. Lastly, I was able to go around the country and learn more about the culture.”
Akosua Ayimadu (Junior)
Guatemala Immersion Experience