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Non-profit Boy hope girls hope celebrates ACHS graduates

Though classes are over at Aurora Central High School, Akolda Redgebol is still hard at work at school.

"Just filling out my Boys Hope Girls Hope transition to college budget," Redgebol said.

Redgebol already graduated, but she is getting ready for her "second graduation" as a Boys Hope Girls Hope Scholar.

"Boys Hope Girls Hope really did make me a focused person," Redgebol said.

Boys Hope Girls Hope is a nonprofit that offers support to students through high school and college. They are offered mentors, tutors, cultural experiences, and overall guidance to help students overcome life's obstacles.

"We work primarily with kids that are coming from low-income families and first-generation going off to college," said Mary Fran Tharp, Boys Hope Girls Hope executive director.

Redgebol and family fled South Sudan to survive. They came to Colorado and Redgebol has had to help her single mom take care of her five younger siblings - the youngest 10 months old.

"I just make sure my siblings do their homework and they have everything that they need. They have all the resources they need to go to school," Redgebol said.

Tharp knows that Redgebol is a motivated person, but she said Boys Hope Girls Hope can be an additional resource for students that's even preparing Redgebol for the logistics of college.

"I don't know what would've happened with Akolda without us or any of the other kids," Tharp said. "I know we have really added to what she has been able to do."

With support, Redgebol managed to get strong grades, serve as student body president, and play sports such as volleyball, basketball, and golf.

"I don't think you should let anything hinder you from being successful or going after your education," Redgebol said.

She is attending the University of Denver next year majoring in business and finance. Redgebol also won an essentially full-ride scholarship from the Daniels Fund as well.

"We're changing their lives. We're helping to change their lives and their families to change their lives," Tharp said.

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