About BHGH of [insert City]
One of 18 affiliates across the United States and Latin America, Boys Hope Girls Hope of [insert affilate name] helps academically motivated middle and high school students rise above disadvantaged backgrounds and become successful in college and beyond.
Our goal is to graduate young people who are physically, emotionally and academically prepared for post-secondary education and a productive life, breaking the cycle of poverty. BHGH of [insert affiliate name] utlizes the following elements to achieve our mission:
- Academic excellence
- Service and community engagement
- Family-like settings to cultivate youth empowerment
- Long-term and comprehensive programming
- Faith-based values
- Voluntary participant commitment
“[Insert quote from scholar, collegian, alumni, team member or parent].”
[Insert name and title/identifier]
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 is that our scholars reach their full potential and become healthy, productive life-long learners who:
Adapt to an ever-changing world | Thrive in the face of obstacles | Generate a positive ripple effect in their families, work places, and communities
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 self-motivated learning
Service and Community Engagement
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
Family-like Settings to Create a Sense of Belonging
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 Commitment
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 Participant Commitment
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
Our Local Impact
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.
BHGH of Founded in St. Louis
Fr. Paul Sheridan, S.J. founded Boys Hope Girls Hope in St. Louis, Missouri.
BHGH of Colorado Founded
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado was established in 1993 with the Boys Hope Residential Home
Girls Hope Home Opened
Just 2 blocks away from the Boys Hope Home, the Girls Hope home opened its doors to serve 5 girls in need.
Academy Program Opened
The non-residential Academy Program was launched at Aurora Central High School for the freshman and sophomore classes.
First Academy Class Graduates from Aurora Central High School
9 scholars from the first BHGH Colorado Academy class graduated from Aurora Central High School. All 9 are still in college today.
First Girls Hope Scholars Graduate College
Alexis and Aaliyah, the first Girls Hope scholars graduated from college! Alexis attended Fort Lewis College and Aaliyah graduated from the University of North Texas.
Transition To Focus On Academy Program Exclusively
To serve more children-in-need, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado focuses exclusively on our Academy and Collegian Programs.
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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
John C. Vatterott, Chair
Founder and former President
Vatterott Educational Centers
Joseph G. Koenig, Vice Chair
World Wide Technology
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
Moore Capital Management LP
Richard Buhler, SJ
Rector, St. Louis University
President, Broadcast Media Sales
BET Holdings, Inc.
Joseph P. Conran
Husch & Blackwell
Mike de Graffenried
Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.
VP, Audit & Chief Compliance Office
Jerry M. Hunter
Arrow Box Co.
Chairman of the Board,
Ansira Engagement Marketing
PJM Advisors, LLC
Jeanne C. Olivier
Shearman & Sterling
The Armor Group, Inc.
Greg Scruggs, Alumni
National Football League
Paul G. Sheridan, S.J.
Boys Hope Girls Hope
Executive Vice President
Vice President, TV Ad Sales
Nick Varuso, Alumni
Performance & Capability Team Lead
Alsop Louie Partners
Chief Executive Officer
Safety National Casualty Corporation
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.