About Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona

One of 18 affiliates across the United States and Latin America, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona 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 Arizona utilizes 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.

“Before I became a BHGH scholar, I was an introvert. Now, I am still an introvert. That hasn’t changed. But what has changed is my voice. My ability to speak. Thus, placing me where I am today: a proud scholar of Boys Hope Girls Hope. I have been identified as a student, acknowledged as an artist, and recognized as a scholar.”

Rafael, BHGH 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 1989, BHGH of Arizona has been helping scholars rise up from disadvantaged backgrounds and strive for more. BHGH of Arizona 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 Arizona History










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.


BHGH of Arizona Founded

The opening of the Boys Hope Residential Home in Phoenix.


Begin Serving Girls

The Girls Hope Home opened in Phoenix.


First College Graduate

First BHGH of Arizona Scholar graduates college.


Non-Residential Programs Launched

The non-residential Community-Based Program began to increase the number of children served.


Ranked Top College Readiness Program

Boys Hope Girls Hope was named one of the top 10 college readiness programs in the United States by the Educational Policy Institute.


40 Years!

Boys Hope Girls Hope celebrates its 40th anniversary!



BHGH of Arizona Celebrates 30th Anniversary!


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 programming and improvement through impact evaluation and innovation.

Amy Pfeifer

Executive Director


Jackie Hutt, Chairman

Julie Hancock, Vice Chair
Camelot Homes

Marc Currie, Secretary and Governance Chair
Snell & Wilmer Law

John Eldean, Development Chair
Alliance Bank of Arizona

J.T. Vandegriff, Treasurer and Finance Chair
MRA Associates

Ken Borkan
KB Sports Consulting/UCLA

Dr. Jane Caplan MD
Child and Adult Psychiatrist

Steve Chucri
Arizona Restaurant Association

John Byron Eddy
SourceRock Partners, LLP

Lee Ann Fennessy
Community Volunteer

Erin Goodnow
Going Ivy

Lisa Handley
US Bank

Lana Holmes
Community Volunteer

Jose Leon
Leon Law, PLLC

Maria Teresa Martinez
Arizona State University

Kristin Ostby de Barillas (Ex Officio)
Boys Hope Girls Hope International

Adria Renke
Brophy College Preparatory

Anna Stewart

Tucker Woodbury
Genuine Concepts

Chris Yarrington
Hensley Beverage Company

Alex Zaro
Cavalry Portfolio Services, LLC


William Bidwill
Arizona Cardinals

Gerald Bisgrove
Stardust Foundation

William Catalonotte
Hensley & Co, Retired

Lee Cohn
Lee Cohn

Carla Consoli
Lewis Roca Rothgerber

Robert Delgado
Hensley Beverage Company

Philip Dion
Del Webb Corporation, Retired

Bob Fessler
United States Air Force, Retired

F. Michael Geddes
Geddes and Company

Mark Hancock
Camelot Homes

William Hodges
Miller Russell & Assoc.

Dave Koeninger
Arizona Cardinals

Hope Levin
Johnson Bank

Donald Loback
Community Volunteer

Al Lorenzi
ABL Wealth Management

Rev. Robert Mathewson, SJ
Bellarmine College

Steven Matteucci
BMO Harris Bank

Don McFall
ADM Properties

Honorable Thomas W. O’Toole†
Maricopa County Superior Court, Retired

Tony Palumbo†
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

Cheryl Vogt
(Program Co-Chair)
Marsh, Inc

R.J. Williams, Sr.
Cadillac Products, Inc.

Bradley Wright
Squire Patton Boggs

Amy Pfeifer

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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