Mission and History

The mission of Boys Hope Girls Hope is to help academically capable and motivated children-in-need to reach their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered homes, opportunities, and education through college.

In 1977, St. Louis career educator Paul Sheridan, SJ, founded Boys Hope Girls Hope to help promising students in need. Recognizing the importance of caring for the “whole person,” his new program was accordingly holistic in scope. Children are cared for in non-institutional, family-style homes that recreate the family dynamic crucial to healthy development. “Scholars,” as children are officially referred to upon admission to Boys Hope Girls Hope, are enrolled in college-preparatory programs in top-rated schools best suited to their needs. They are provided with counseling and matched with tutors for academic support and with mentors who share life experience and personal guidance. They participate in service learning together and in a broad range of extracurricular activities. They are provided with academic, financial, and psychological support throughout college.

Our vision is for all children to have the skills and support they need to graduate college and lead healthy, fulfilling lives. More than 95% of our scholars are first-generation college aspirants. College preparation begins the first day a child enters our programs, and we work to help youth realize that a college degree is in their reach. We strive to empower the children we serve to recognize their potential, imagine greater possibilities, and achieve their personal and professional goals.

Boys Hope Girls Hope is now an international organization with affiliates in 15 major U.S. cities and three affiliates in Latin America. Our 15 U.S. affiliates are located in San Francisco, CA; Southern California (Irvine, CA); Phoenix, AZ; Denver, CO; Kansas City, MO; Baton Rouge, LA; New Orleans, LA; St. Louis, MO; Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Detroit, MI; Cleveland, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; Baltimore, MD; and Brooklyn, NY. Our three Latin American affiliates are located in Monterrey, Mexico; Guatemala City, Guatemala; and Lima, Peru. We also have a strategic partnership with an organization in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 2014, Boys Hope Girls Hope serves 1108 scholars, including 931 young people in the U.S. and 177 young people in Latin America.

To visit our national website: www.boyshopegirlshope.org

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