Boys & Girls Country

Waller, Texas


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Lauren's "Girl Talk" program at Boys and Girls Country of Waller, Texas has been successful in the empowerment of tween and teen girls at this facility. The relationship, trust, and consecutive events have proven as a positive reinforcement allowing these young girls to build confidence and self-esteem.

Boys and Girls Country was established in 1971 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity whose mission is to change the lives of children from families in crisis by loving and nurturing them in a Christian home environment, raising them to become self-sustaining and contributing adults. Children are from the greater Houston area, which include 11 counties. Located 35 miles northwest of Houston, Boys and Girls Country has capacity to serve 48 boys and 40 girls, ages 5-18, for a total of 88 children at any one time. Residents live on campus in cottages with trained Teaching Parents and attend public school (Waller ISD). The College and Career Program works with 20 resident students who have graduated from high school, although this number varies since participation is based on performance. These students plan to earn a college degree or trade school certificate; enter the military or work at their first job. Boys and Girls Country does not rely on federal or state grants for ongoing support and is not a United Way member agency. Contributions come from caring individuals, businesses, civic groups, churches, and foundations. No child is ever turned away because of their families' economic status.


Cypress, Texas

Lauren's first experience at Cy-Hope was a night to remember that has grown to a personal connection for Lauren. Giving these young girls the tools needed to gain confidence and leadership skills continues to be a rewarding partnership.

Adopt-a-School Programs
Cy-Hope is committed to partnering with schools and offering ministry of sustenance, mentoring, tutoring, volunteers and empowering to long- term self-sufficiency. We've already adopted Francone and Andre Elementary and will continue to adopt more.

Backpack Program
In an effort to prevent childhood hunger and to provide each child the opportunity to succeed in school and life, the Backpack Program will provide food for needy school children each weekend. In each bag, children find food that will help sustain them through the weekends when school food is not accessible. We currently serve 63 schools with three pending, which includes over 1850 children.Our goal is to have all 49 Title 1 schools participate in this program.

The Center for Children & Families - A Cy-Hope Counseling Center

At The Center, we offer various forms of counseling with a variety of therapists. Whether it's a fuly-licensed counselor (LPC) or an intern (LPC-Intern), under su[ervision, our areas of expertise are broad. We provide counseling and play therapy services for all children along with social skills groups and counseling for special needs children. These are just a few of the services we provide. We want you to find help, and if we can't give it to you, then we will work to help you find a place that can.

Dual Credits Program
Scholarships are given to qualified at-risk students.

Hope Centers
Cy-Hope has created "Hope Centers" in trailer parks and apartment complexes where kids can come for tutoring, life skills classes, Bible study, sports, games, and mentoring. These Hope Centers provide a location to offer English and citizenship classes to adults. Our Hope Centers are located in the Longhorn Trailer Park and Windfern Trails Apartments.

Communities in Schools

Baytown, Texas


Communities In Schools is the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization.

The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

By bringing caring adults into the schools to address children’s unmet needs, Communities In Schools provides the link between educators and the community. The result: teachers are free to teach, and students – many in jeopardy of dropping out – have the opportunity to focus on learning.

We believe that every child needs and deserves:

  • A personal one-on-one relationship with a caring adult

  • A safe place to learn and grow

  • A healthy start and a healthy future

  • A marketable skill to use upon graduation

  • A chance to give back to peers and the community

McAuley High

Cincinnati, Ohio

Lauren's speech at McAuley High gave over 500 girls the "Girl Power" to believe in themselves, their morals and values and to chase their dreams regardless of any obstacles in their path. Lauren's speech incorporates T.H.I.N.K. designed by Rebecca Moore encouraging girls to be kind to others and to THINK before they speak, type, or text.

Mission & Philosophy

McAuley High School, a comprehensive Catholic school for young women, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas is committed to quality education and growth within a caring, Christ-centered community.  Faithful to the Gospel and the charism, core values, and tradition of Mercy, McAuley's essential activity is to create an environment designed to help each young woman develop her intellect, gifts, and talents. 





Waterford, Maine

Lauren spent 2 weeks at Camp Susan Curtis giving daily "Girl Talks" to over 300 tween and teen girls. These girls couldn't stop smiling ~ What a successful trip to the beautiful state of Maine!

Camp Susan Curtis is a unique leadership education program that teaches disadvantaged Maine boys and girls, ages 8 - 17, very real skills and life lessons they need to succeed and may not get anywhere else. Since 1974, thousands of Maine children and teens have benefitted from our hands-on programs and positive role models, making learning fun while inspiring them to set and achieve essential life goals. The programs of Camp Susan Curtis have proven effective in helping to reverse the cycle of generational poverty; of program participants who have attended at least 4 years and learned leadership, nearly 8 out of 10 go on to college.