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.
“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
To nurture and guide motivated young people in need to become well-educated, career-ready men and women for others.
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
We believe in the transformative power of education to develop lifelong learners using:
• Strengths-based, positive youth development approaches
• Practical preparation for careers to sustain one’s self and family
• Exposure to diverse opportunities that enrich one’s life and enhance learning
• Scholarship incentives encouraging and maximizing self-motivated learning
SERVICE AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
We believe in the Jesuit-inspired, values-centered hallmark of building “persons for others” by:
• Developing character through service learning activities related to social justice and civic responsibility
• Educating those at every level of our organization in cultural competence
• Seeking collaborative partnerships to enhance our mission
FAMILY-LIKE SETTINGS TO CREATE A SENSE OF BELONGING
We believe youth derive their energy and sustenance from exposure to nurturing environments that provide:
• Inclusion in a loving community that meets youth where they are but sets high expectations
• A feeling of “being home,” with residential care as needed
• Strong and supportive developmental relationships with adult mentors and peers
• Stability, structure, and individualized guidance in small settings
• Modeling of positive values
LONG-TERM AND COMPREHENSIVE COMMITMENT
We believe an enduring relationship with youth holds the most promise for attaining positive outcomes by:
• Intervening early to support scholars from adolescence through college graduation and beyond
• Offering a holistic spectrum of programming that evolves with the age and needs of youth
• Providing ample opportunities for youth to develop social and emotional learning skills
We believe that a loving God cares about the life of every individual and we manifest this belief by:
• Focusing on those most in need of our services
• Respecting, serving and engaging people from all faith traditions
• Fostering spirituality and an active faith life as essential elements of healthy personal development
• Helping youth develop a moral compass based on universal principles
VOLUNTARY PARTICIPANT COMMITMENT
We believe in the motivational power of selfselection into the BHGH program because:
• Parents and Scholars share a vision for a better future
• Scholars elect to invest in themselves and are empowered to join
• Families value and trust in a working partnership with BHGH
• BHGH serves bright, capable young people who are motivated to overcome obstacles to reach their potential
Our Local Impact
BHGH of Arizona History
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.
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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Julie Hancock, Chairman
Jackie Hutt, Past Chair
Marc Currie, Secretary and Governance Chair
Snell & Wilmer Law
John Eldean, Development Chair
Alliance Bank of Arizona
J.T. Vandegriff, Treasurer and Finance Chair
Jose Leon, Program Chair
Leon Law, PLLC
KB Sports Consulting/UCLA
Arizona Restaurant Association
Lee Ann Fennessy
Hensley Beverage Company
Maria Teresa Martinez
Arizona State University
Kristin Ostby de Barillas (Ex Officio)
Boys Hope Girls Hope International
Brophy College Preparatory
William Bidwill †
Hensley & Co, Retired
Lewis Roca Rothgerber
Hensley Beverage Company
Del Webb Corporation, Retired
United States Air Force, Retired
F. Michael Geddes
Geddes and Company
Miller Russell & Assoc.
ABL Wealth Management
Rev. Robert Mathewson, SJ
BMO Harris Bank
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
Russcor Financial, Inc.
J. Russell Skelton
Jones, Skelton & Hochuli
R.J. Williams, Sr.
Cadillac Products, Inc.
Squire Patton Boggs
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.