Mission: Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college.
I worked at Boys Hope Girls Hope full-time (More than 5 years)
The opportunity to mentor and role model for at- risk- youth, who are voluntarily in the program and recognize the value in forming such relationships.
The organization focuses on education, as a result it is very flexable when working with staff on scheduling if they decide to return to school.
Direction and accountability are too broad; rules and regulations come from too many people. It would be great if everything was streamlined from those sources through the program director to the in house staff.
Difficult to maintain a personal social life.
I applied online. I interviewed at Boys Hope Girls Hope (New Orleans, LA).
I was interviewed in New Orleans. There was a preliminarily interview with someone in H.R. that was pretty generic in terms of questioning about relevant job experience, the motivation for working with "at risk youth", and my ability to handle demands of the job. The interviewer then was very professional and cordial but not so much when I finally sat down for an interview with the Executive Director Chuck. Never mind the fact he arrived late for the meeting he seemed too comfortable swearing and at times talking despairingly about graduates of the program. On top of that, Chuck seemed a bit too occupied with questioning whether or not I had the intellectual ability to help the kids with their homework in spite of my work history doing just that and having personally completed master level courses. Then to make it all the more suspicious the current staff told me they rarely had to assist with academics because they had volunteer staff come to help the kids each night. Dialoging with them even further it seemed those in charge were okay with a lack of an emphasis on the faith based component that supposedly apart of their holistic approach to personally devolpment for the kids. Then as they delved into their history they both admitted to having no experience working with the demographic of children the program serves. One AmeriCorps position staff seemed too comfortable with saying equally negative things about the kids as Chuck. I'm wasn't sure what type of individuals they were looking for to serve in these houses after that experience but I'm sure if you're a black male, with years of youth work experience, and take religion seriously you're probably not going to get hired. It seems to be par for the course across the board with the complexion of the staff they desire.
LaShone Gibson, Senior Director of University Partnerships and Academic Excellence, has been named a 2017 recipient of St. Louis University’s Woman of the Year Award!
Now Hiring: Vice President of Development Location: Boys Hope Girls Hope International (Flexible Work Arrangement Available)