"Our basic purpose is to take care of children we can help as a matter of social justice. But we believe the end result will be to produce community leaders who might otherwise never have developed.”
Fr. Paul Sheridan, on BHGH at its founding
Boys Hope Girls Hope Founder, Fr. Paul Sheridan, in 1977
Boys Hope Girls Hope is proud to celebrate four decades of impacting the lives of young people in need, their families, our communities, and those of us who are fortunate to be a part of this incredible mission. We are proud of the lives the program has transformed over the last 40 years, and continue to strive to grow and improve our impact.
Meet some of the incredible people who are a part of the Boys Hope Girls Hope family, and come back often over the next year to read inspiring, new stories!
Share Your Story
The "soul" of our organization is the people who invest themselves in it. Each of us has a story of why and how we came to know and get involved with Boys Hope Girls Hope. Each family has a story of struggle, survival and triumph—a story of how they found Boys Hope Girls Hope and what it means to them. All of our stories come together to make our mission achievable.
To celebrate and commemorate its 40th Anniversary, Boys Hope Girls Hope is eager to collect and share stories—of scholars, parents/guardians, collegians, alumni, volunteers, contributors and team members—from 1977 to today.
How has your life been impacted by Boys Hope Girls Hope?
Whether you have spent decades or days involved in the program, we invite you to share your story. Some stories will be posted on this page and/or shared via social media.
Founded in 1977 by Jesuit priest Fr. Paul Sheridan, Boys Hope Girls Hope began with one goal: to help children break the cycle of poverty by offering them a stable and loving home, guidance, and access to quality education. The program set high expectations for participating scholars, and then provided the resources and opportunities necessary to meet those expecations. While living in the family-like home, scholars enrolled in college preparatory schools, participated in extracurricular activities, and engaged in volunteer work in their communities.
Since then Boys Hope Girls Hope has grown, rising to serve the needs of motivated and deserving scholars in fifteen U.S. cities and three Latin American locations. We continue to offer residential programs that include the family-like environment essential to the healthy development of our scholars, and we have expanded to include non-residential programs and after-school initiatives based on offering that same inclusive environment.
Boys Hope Girls Hope alumni have gone on to become healthcare professionals, attorneys, police officers, moms, dads, educators, and clergy. Our program gives scholars the tools they need to build their own success stories.
Fr. Paul Sheridan, SJ and the first board of directors welcome the inaugural class of scholars into their new organization known as “The Jesuit Program for Living and Learning.” This is the first residential site, located in St. Louis.
Replication residential sites are established in New York City and Chicago, starting the growth that has culminated into 15 U.S. affiliate sites.
First College Graduate
The program celebrates its first college graduate.
The program takes root abroad, eventually expanding into three Latin American sites: Ser Y Crecer in Monterrey, Mexico; Casa Javier in Lima, Peru; and Esperanza Juvenil, in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Began Serving Girls
The Pittsburgh affiliate opens the first home for girls, and the program is renamed Boys Hope Girls Hope. Additionally, this year BHGH reaches the milestone of 100 scholar participants in college.
Non-Residential Programs Launched
The Arizona affiliate launches the first community-based program known as Academy programming, an expansion of the Boys Hope Girls Hope residential continuum of care. Since then, this model has grown and been implemented in affiliates across the United States.
Boys Hope Girls Hope celebrates its 40th anniversary!