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 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.
• Academically Focused
• Service Oriented
• Long-Term and Comprehensive
• Voluntary in Nature
We believe in opportunity, education and inclusion for every motivated young person.
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.
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 Barrilas
Kimberly R. Hines
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Joseph G. Koenig, Chair
World Wide Technology
Rob Lloyd, Vice Chair
American Ultimate Disc League
John Wunderlich, Treasurer
David O. Danis, Esq., Secretary
The David Danis Law Firm, P.C.
Director, Global Customer Service
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
Launch Development Finance Advisors
Mike de Graffenried
Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.
VP, Audit & Chief Compliance Office
Dr. Clarence Lee, Jr.
Boys Hope Girls Hope
PJM Advisors, LLC
Chief Human Resources Officer
Adams & Reese
KC Property & Casualty
Chief Revenue Officer
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
Savills North America
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.