About Boys Hope Girls Hope
- Academic excellence
- Service and community engagement
- Family-like settings to cultivate youth empowerment
- Long-term and comprehensive programming
- Faith-based values
- Voluntary participant commitment
“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
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.
We believe in opportunity, education and inclusion for every motivated young person.
We believe in the transformative power of education to develop lifelong learners using:
Strengths-based, positive youth development approaches
Practical preparation for careers to sustain one’s self and family
Exposure to diverse opportunities that enrich one’s life
and enhance learning
Scholarship incentives encouraging and maximizing
We believe in the Jesuit-inspired, values-centered hallmark of building “persons for others” by:
Developing character through service learning activities
related to social justice and civic responsibility
Educating those at every level of our organization
in cultural competence
Seeking collaborative partnerships
to enhance our mission
We believe youth derive their energy and sustenance from exposure to nurturing environments that provide:
Inclusion in a loving community that meets youth where they are
but sets high expectations
A feeling of “being home,” with residential care as needed
Strong and supportive developmental relationships
with adult mentors and peers
Stability, structure, and individualized guidance in small settings
Modeling of positive values
Long-Term and Comprehensive
We believe an enduring relationship with youth holds the most promise for attaining positive outcomes by:
Intervening early to support scholars from adolescence
through college graduation and beyond
Offering a holistic spectrum of programming that evolves
with the age and needs of youth
Providing ample opportunities for youth to develop
social and emotional learning skills
We believe that a loving God cares about the life of every individual and we manifest this belief by:
Focusing on those most in need of our services
Respecting, serving and engaging people
from all faith traditions
Fostering spirituality and an active faith life as essential
elements of healthy personal development
Helping youth develop a moral compass
based on universal principles
Voluntary In Nature
We believe in the motivational power of selfselection into the BHGH program because:
Parents and Scholars share a vision for a better future
Scholars elect to invest in themselves and are empowered to join
Families value and trust in a working partnership with BHGH
BHGH serves bright, capable young people who are
motivated to overcome obstacles to reach their potential
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.
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.
Kristin Ostby de Barrilas
Kimberly R. Hines
Board of Directors
Joseph G. Koenig, Chair
World Wide Technology
Dave Schmitt, Vice Chair
Chief Executive Officer
The Armor Group
John Wunderlich, Treasurer
David O. Danis, Esq., Secretary
The David Danis Law Firm, P.C.
Gregg Kirchhoefer, Counsel
Kirkland & Ellis
Kristin Ostby de Barillas
President and CEO
Boys Hope Girls Hope
Dr. Edward Anderson
Rev. Chris Collins, S.J.
Assistant to the President for Mission and Identity
Saint Louis University
Joseph P. Conran
Husch & Blackwell
Mike de Graffenried
Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.
VP, Audit & Chief Compliance Office
Executive & Civic Volunteer
Boys Hope Girls Hope
PJM Advisors, LLC
Chief Human Resources Officer
Senior Vice President
Greg Scruggs, Alumni
Retired, National Football League
Director of Player Development
University of Cincinnati
Rev. Paul G. Sheridan, S.J.
Boys Hope Girls Hope
Retired Executive Vice President
Nick Varuso, Alumni
CEO & Owner
Dark Knight Motor Group, LLC
Safety National Casualty Corporation
John C. Vatterott, Emeritus
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.