Boys Hope Girls Hope is a non-profit, now in 16 cities and two foreign countries, that invites students from difficult, at-risk backgrounds to live in a home that provides a safe environment, financial support, academic tutoring, mentoring and opportunities to give back to the community. If you’ve watched Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (and perhaps shed a tear), you know that Ty Pennington and his design team set out to build an 11,000 square foot place for the Girls Hope program in Baltimore, Maryland, which just accepted its first seven members. It was the Boys Hope students who called upon Ty and his team with the “hope” of bringing the girls in their community the same educational and emotional support that they have experienced. It was moving. It was real. It was good TV. And, it got us thinking…
As a girl (I’d still like to refer to myself as a girl- so, just go with it) what do we HOPE for?
- We hope to lead by example
- We hope to show inner beauty in a world consumed by outward appearances
- We hope to prove that we are smart, savvy AND strong
- We hope too that we live to see equal pay for equal work
- We hope that our children will become better versions of us
- We hope that our kids recognize the importance of a solid education and mentoring
- We hope that our daughters and sons continue give back to their community as we girls (that’d be us in case you forgot the reference) lead by example
Sometimes you have to do more than hope. What do you hope for?