Around the House by Kaylene, Regis Jesuit High School, Class of 2018

About Boys Hope Girls Hope of Cincinnati

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 Cincinnati 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
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.

"Boys Hope Girls Hope has allowed me to live life with purpose. They have taught me to be the reason someone smiles, to dream big and to make every day count because the best is yet to come.”

Steven, Scholar

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

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

Our Local Impact

Since 1983, BHGH of Cincinnati has been helping scholars rise up from disadvantaged backgrounds and strive for more. BHGH of Cincinnati serves youth who want to go to college and create successful futures for themselves. Our scholars have joined our program to receive support on their journey to college and beyond. They seek the academic resources, extracurricular opportunities, and mentor relationships we provide.

BHGH of Cincinnati History









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 Boys Hope Girls Hope of Cincinnati 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.

Debbie Bowman

Executive Director


David W. Conway, Co-Chairman
President and CEO
Construct Connect

Mark Bissinger, Co-Chair, Governance Chair
Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP

Mike Caudill, Vice-Chair, Development Chair
Central Investment, LLC

Darcie Bristow, Finance Chair
Senior Analyst

Patrick J. Burke, Past Chair
Burke & Schindler LLP

Renee B. Dunn, Transition Chair
RB Dunn Consulting, LLC

Jean Margello, Program Chair

Steven Arnold, Strategic Planning Chair
Partner, Advisory Services
Ernst & Young

Kristin Ostby de Barillas
President and CEO
Boys Hope Girls Hope International

Mike Cinque
Coca-Cola Kroger Team

Theodore L. Schwartz
Emeritus partner
Palmway Investments

Laura Mueller
Community Volunteer
Gardner Family Foundation

Ken Oswald
Founder and CEO
Oswald Company, Inc.

Kelvin Stroupe
Regional Director / Senior Vice President
BB & T

John Succo
Adjunct Professor
University of Cincinnati


Evan Andrews

Michael A. Bain, M.D.

Gary T. Borchers, D.M.D.

Michael Calloway

Laura Connelly

Charles Deitschel Jr., M.D.

Gina Dubell-Smith

Andrew Hawking

Michelle Jones

Kevin J. Kelly, M.D.F.A.A.P.

Anthony L. Longi, Jr.

Beverly S. Mack

Sukanya R. Madlinger

Walt McBride

George W. Meyers

Matthew Millett

Ralph Nardini

Lance E. Parsons

James R. Poston, Jr.

Bill Powell

Betsy Ross

Rick Rothhaas

Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco

Paul M. Swanson

Brad R. Wenstrup, D.P.M.

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. 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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