About Boys Hope Girls Hope

Boys Hope Girls Hope is an international organization centered on cultivating youth empowerment through the foundation of education and holistic support. Operating in 16 cities in the United States and Latin America, Boys Hope Girls Hope utilizes structured programming adapted to the needs of each community, unique curriculum, and partnerships with local schools and universities. Service pathways include residential environments, academy programs, continuing support of collegians and community-based after school programming, and though different in format and location, all programs build on consistent core elements:
  • Academic excellence
  • Service and community engagement
  • Family-like settings to cultivate youth empowerment
  • Long-term and comprehensive programming
  • Faith-based values
  • Voluntary participant commitment
Boys Hope Girls Hope firmly believes that children have the power to overcome adversity, realize their potential, and help transform our world. Children create these successes when we remove obstacles, support and believe in them, and provide environments and opportunities that build on their strengths.

“I do not aim for success merely because of what it will bring me, but because of what it empowers me to do and the effect it has on others.”

Brijhette Farmer, 2007 Girls Hope St. Louis Alum

Our 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.

Our Vision

We believe in opportunity, education and inclusion for every motivated young person.

We are:

Our History

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 scholars across the United States and in two affiliates in Latin America. 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.



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1977

BHGH Founded

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.

1979

Replication Begins

Residential sites are established in New York and Chicago, starting the growth that has culminated in affiliate sites across the U.S.

1984

First College Graduate

The program celebrates its first college graduate in the U.S.!

1987

Going International

The program takes root abroad, expanding into Brazil in Latin America.

1991

Began Serving Girls

The Pittsburgh affiliate opens a home for girls, and the program is renamed Boys Hope Girls Hope! The program reaches a milestone of 100 scholars in college.

2004

Academy Programs Launch

The Arizona affiliate launches the first Academy program, which has since been implemented in other affiliates.

2012

College Road Recognized

Boys Hope Girls Hope’s “College Road” Program is nationally recognized by the Educational Policy Institute as a model in moving young people from poverty through college.

2017

40 Years!

Boys Hope Girls Hope celebrates its 40th anniversary!

Leadership

The BHGH Board of Directors and staff leadership collaborate to ensure mission fidelity, financial stewardship and transparency. This team of professionals is committed to continuous learning, effective programming and improvement through impact evaluation and innovation.

Leadership Team
Kristin Ostby de Barrilas
President and CEO
Tom Casey
Vice President of Operations
Bill Fronczak
Vice President of Development
Brian Hipp
Vice President of Mission Effectiveness
LaShone Gibson
Senior Director of University Partnerships and Academic Excellence
Buzz Bollmer
Director of Youth Development
Kimberly R. Hines
Director of Marketing and Communications
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Stephanie Klose
Director of Latin America
Board of Directors

Joseph G. Koenig, Chair
President
World Wide Technology

Dave Schmitt, Vice Chair
Chief Executive Officer
The Armor Group

John Wunderlich, Treasurer
Business Consultant

David O. Danis, Esq., Secretary
Retired
The David Danis Law Firm, P.C.

Gregg Kirchhoefer, Counsel
Partner
Kirkland & Ellis

Kristin Ostby de Barillas
President and CEO
Boys Hope Girls Hope

Dr. Edward Anderson
Retired Cardiologist

Steve Carani
Principal
Edward Jones

Rev. Chris Collins, S.J.
Assistant to the President for Mission and Identity
Saint Louis University

Joseph P. Conran
Partner
Husch & Blackwell

Mike de Graffenried
Retired
Citigroup

Christopher Growe
Managing Director
Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.

Lisa Flavin
VP, Audit & Chief Compliance Office
Emerson

Robert Lloyd
CEO
Hyperloop One

Mark Mantovani
Executive & Civic Volunteer

Paul Minorini
Retired
Boys Hope Girls Hope

Suzanne Mondello
Business Consultant

Brian Moore
Vice President
PJM Advisors, LLC

Steve Pemberton
Chief Human Resources Officer
Globoforce

Tom Santel
Executive Director
Civic Progress

Rob Sprague
Senior Vice President
Lockton Companies

Greg Scruggs, Alumni
Retired, National Football League
Director of Player Development
University of Cincinnati

Rev. Paul G. Sheridan, S.J.
Founder
Boys Hope Girls Hope

Patrick Sly
Retired Executive Vice President
Emerson

Karl Thomsen
CEO
Infuse

Nick Varuso, Alumni
CEO & Owner
Dark Knight Motor Group, LLC

Mark Wilhelm
CEO
Safety National Casualty Corporation

John C. Vatterott, Emeritus
Retired
Vatterott Educational Centers

The Need We Address

Prior to joining our program, our scholars’ circumstances include environmental barriers that make it difficult to concentrate on achieving their goals. In the United States, 72% of our scholars come from families whose household income is less than $30,000 (compared to the 2016 federal poverty level of $24,300 for a family of four). The dividing line for the lower 25th percentile of family income in the United Sates is approximately $30,000.

The relationship between educational failure and poverty creates a vicious cycle that affects too many children in our communities and negatively impacts our entire society.

  • Twenty-one percent of children in the US live in poverty (Census Bureau, 2014)
  • Children born into poverty are six times more likely to drop out of school (Cities in Crisis, 2008).
  • The longer a child lives in poverty, the lower their overall level of academic achievement (Guo and Harris, 2000).
  • Children from families in the highest income quartile are 8 times as likely to earn a college degree that those from the lowest income quartile (Pell Institute and Penn Ahead, 2015).
  • In 1980, college graduates earned 29% more than those without. By 2007, that gap grew to 66% (Baum & Ma, 2007).
  • The costs to United States society are significant in terms of economic productivity, tax revenue, health care over-utilization, parental attention to children’s educational development, civic engagement, and volunteerism (Baum & Ma, 2007).
  • According to CEOs for Cities, every one percentage point increase in adult four-year college degree attainment adds an additional $763 to per capita income per year (One Student at a Time, 2013).
  • Cohen and Piquero (2009) monetized the cost to society over the course of a “negative outcome” child’s lifetime as follows: High School Dropout = $390,000 - $580,000, Plus Heavy Drug User = $846,000 – $1.1 Million, Plus Career Criminal = $3.2 - $5.8 Million.

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