We are Boys Hope Girls Hope
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona helps motivated middle school and high school students rise above disadvantaged backgrounds. Our goal is to graduate young people who are physically, emotionally, and academically prepared for post-secondary education and a productive life, breaking barriers so they can become community-minded leaders.
Boys Hope Girls Hope firmly believes that young people have the power to overcome adversity, realize their potential, and help transform our world. They 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 of Arizona is a proud member of the Boys Hope Girls Hope Network. Our Network Headquarters, located in St. Louis, Missouri, connects, provides leadership to, and offers signature college-preparatory programming to 16 affiliates. Each affiliate is independently incorporated, governed by its own board of directors, and responsible for its own fundraising. Affiliation and services agreements link the Network to ensure mission and brand fidelity, quality operations, maximum functional capacity, and consistency in training, programmatic standards, and best practices.
OUR MISSION & DNA
To nurture and guide motivated young people in need to become
well-educated, career-ready men and women for others.
“To me, being a Boys Hope Girls Hope scholar has been defined by the environment I was fortunate to grow in during middle school and high school. One in which I was able to flourish despite adversities, passing the threshold to test my own limits, knowing that Boys Hope Girls Hope was with me every step of the way.”
— Aranzazu, BHGH Scholar —
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona currently serves 90 youth: 16 in residence, 42 in the community-based program, and 32 in college. We have great numbers to represent our success and we often hit 100%. But that’s not where the story ends. There isn’t a number that is large enough to represent the character, ambition, courage and integrity of our young men and women.
The Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona 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 programing, and improvement through impact evaluation and innovation.
BHGH is an opportunity to improve young people’s lives and open up a world of possibilities for them to grow and excel in adulthood.
“Waking up every day as a BHGH employee is a one-of-a-kind joy that comes from seeing the beautiful support and determination of our scholars, team, and community.”
“Boys Hope Girls Hope changed my perspective as an employee. It’s truly a place you can love to come to each and every day.”
At BHGH I am making a positive impact in the lives of the scholars by nurturing their growth in every aspect of their being.”
At BHGH I am able to provide unconditional support and help scholars grow in different aspects to accomplish their goals.
BHGH has given me an opportunity to help develop our future leaders with previous life experiences.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jose Leon, Chairman
Leon Law PLLC
Julie Hancock, Previous Board Chair
Erin Goodnow, Secretary and Governance Chair
Kyle McMillian, Development Chair
Maria Teresa Martinez, Program Chair
Arizona State University
Jill Zimmerman, Treasurer and Finance Chair
Brophy College Preparatory
World Wide Technologies
Lee Ann Fennessy
Snell & Wilmer Law
Willie Itule Produce
McKone Strategies, LLC
Kristin Ostby de Barillas
(Ex Officio) BHGH International
KW Law, LLP
Hensley & Co, Retired
Lewis Roca Rothgerber
Hensley Beverage Company
Del Webb Corporation, Retired
Alliance Bank of Arizona
United States Air Force, Retired
F. Michael Geddes
Geddes and Company
Miller Russell & Assoc.
MRL Partners LLC
ABL Wealth Management
Rev. Robert Mathewson, SJ †
BMO Harris Bank
Honorable Thomas W. O’Toole †
Maricopa County Superior Court, Retired
Palumbo, Wolfe & Palumbo
Richard J. Perry
Dibble & Associates, Retired
Rev. Edward Reese, SJ
St. Ignatius College Preparatory
Robert Russell †
Russcor Financial, Inc.
J. Russell Skelton
Jones, Skelton & Hochuli
Retired from Marsh Inc.
R.J. Williams, Sr.
Cadillac Products, Inc.
Squire Patton Boggs