Our Mission

To nurture and guide motivated young people in need to become well-educated, career-ready men and women for others.


Young People Served


Girls and Young Women


From Low-Income Families


Young People of Color


Local Affiliate Communities


about our long-term Impact

About Boys Hope Girls Hope

Boys Hope Girls Hope is an international organization that works with young people in need from their critical adolescent years all the way through college and into the launch of their careers.  Some need a safe place to live.  Others just need a supportive team of people and access to resources.

Our scholars become a part of a family-like network that sticks with them through life’s ups and downs for the long term.  Along the way, they learn the significance of using their gifts and abilities to serve others and make a difference in their families, workplaces and communities.

We are:

• Academically Focused

• Service Oriented

• Family-like

• Long-Term and Comprehensive

• Faith-Inspired

• Voluntary in Nature


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

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.



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.


Replication Begins

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


First College Graduate

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


Going International

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


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.


Academy Pathway Launches

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


Program Model Recognized

Boys Hope Girls Hope’s program model is nationally recognized by the Educational Policy Institute for moving young people from poverty to and through college.


40 Years!

Boys Hope Girls Hope celebrates its 40th anniversary!


Boys Hope Girls Hope is made up of incredible people.  Our team and board collaborate to ensure mission fidelity, financial stewardship and transparency. We are committed to continuous learning, effective programming and improvement through impact evaluation and innovation.

Kristin Ostby de Barillas
President and CEO
Bill Fronczak
Vice President of Development
About 2
Judith Horrell
Chief Financial Officer
Kimberly R. Hines
Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Brian Hipp
Vice President of Mission Effectiveness
About 31
Melanie Burden
Vice President of People and Culture


Joseph G. Koenig, Chair
World Wide Technology

Rob Lloyd, Vice Chair
American Ultimate Disc League

John Wunderlich, Treasurer
Business Consultant

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
Retired Cardiologist

Steve Carani
Edward Jones

Rev. Chris Collins, S.J.
Vice President for Mission
University of St. Thomas

Joseph P. Conran
Husch & Blackwell

Dave Conway
Advisor to the CEO

Ben Davis

Mike de Graffenried
Retired Business Executive

Kristin Embury
Director, Global Customer Service

Lisa Flavin
VP, Audit & Chief Compliance Officer

Anissa Gilbert
Digital Project Manager



Pamela Giss
Managing Principal
Launch Development Finance Advisors

Christopher Growe
Managing Director

Mike Honquest
Senior Account Manager
Sirius Computer Solutions

Dan Laible
CFO and Executive VP
NYX, Inc.

Dr. Clarence Lee, Jr.

Paul Minorini
Retired Nonprofit Executive

Brian Moore
Vice President
PJM Advisors, LLC

David Robinson
Senior VP of Regional Sales

Tom Santel
Retired Business Executive

Anja Schmelter
Marketing Consultant



Rob Sprague
KC Property & Casualty

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

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

Patrick Sly
Retired Business Executive

Thomas Stanley
President & Chief Revenue Officer

Jeff Taylor
Senior VP

Karl Thomsen

Mark Wilhelm
Safety National Casualty Corporation

John C. Vatterott, Emeritus
Retired Business Executive

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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