About Boys Hope Girls Hope of Cincinnati

One of 18 affiliates across the United States and Latin America, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Cincinnati 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

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1977

BHGH Founded

Fr. Paul Sheridan started Boys Hope Girls Hope in St. Louis, Missouri.


1983

Opened First Home

Opened first boys’ home in Cincinnati. A group of house parents from St. Joseph Orphanage, prominent Cincinnati business leaders, and the president of St. Xavier High School partnered to provide nurturing homes and first class academic opportunities through college, for Cincinnati children in need.


1997

First College Graduate

Peter Le becomes the first college graduate from the Cincinnati program!


1998

Began Serving Girls

The first girls’ home opens in East Walnut Hills and we became Boys Hope Girls Hope.


2017

Today

BHGH of Cincinnati has 24 pre-collegian scholars and 18 collegian scholars. We are one of 15 affiliates in the United States. Our Alumni have become productive and contributing members of our communtity and give back to our scholars as men and women “for others”.


2017

Building Hope Initiative!

BHGH of Cincinnati broke ground on a new boys’ home on View Place Drive!


2017

BHGH Celebrates 40th Anniversary!

Happy 40th Boys Hope Girls Hope!


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Leadership

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

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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

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

Mike Caudill, Vice-Chair, Development Chair
Trustee/Manager
Central Investment, LLC

Darcie Bristow, Finance Chair
Senior Analyst
Convergys

Patrick J. Burke, Past Chair
Partner
Burke & Schindler LLP

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

Jean Margello, Program Chair
Retired

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

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

Mike Cinque
President
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

ADVISORY BOARD

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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