About Boys Hope Girls Hope of Cincinnati

One of 16 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

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

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 Founded

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


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.


First College Graduate

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


Began Serving Girls

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



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”.


Building Hope Initiative!

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


BHGH Celebrates 40th Anniversary!

Happy 40th Boys Hope Girls Hope!


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.

Executive Director


Missy Hendon Deters

Board of Directors

Steven Arnold, Chair

Carl Adkins

Julie Bristow

Melanie Burden

Michael J. Burke, Jr.

Mike Caudill, Development Chair

Mike Cinque

David W. Conway, Nominating Chair

Aaron Haslam

Noreen Hayes

David Horn

Michelle Jones

Jean Margello, Program Chair

Graham Mercurio

Laura Mueller

Greg Scruggs

Kelvin Stroupe, Finance Chair

John Succo, Vice Chair

Chris Vollmer, Jr.

Dr. Pat White

Kristin Ostby de Barillas, President/ CEO Boys Hope Girls International 

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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