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

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.

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.

“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

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.

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


Jose Leon, Chair
Leon Law PLLC

Erin Goodnow, Vice-Chair
Going Ivy

Julie Hancock, Previous Board Chair
Leon Law, PLLC

Kyle McMillian, Development Chair

Maria Teresa Martinez, Program Chair
Arizona State University

Tom Kirk, Treasurer and Finance Chair
Camelot Homes

Brad Amico
World Wide Technology

Lee Ann Fennessy
Volunteer Professional

Derek Flint
Snell & Wilmer Law

Aaron Hill

Lisa Handley
US Bank

Lana Holmes
Community Volunteer

Billy Itule
Willie Itule Produce Inc

Chad Marston
Hensley Beverage Company

Tommy McKone
McKone Strategies, LLC

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

Emily Palumbo
Community Volunteer

Anna Stewart

Mark Williams

Jill Zimmerman
Brophy College Preparatory

Amy Pfeifer


William Bidwill †
Arizona Cardinals

Gerald Bisgrove
Stardust Foundation

William Catalonotte
Hensley & Co, Retired

Lee Cohn
Lee Cohn

Carla Consoli
May Potenza Baran & Gillespie

Robert Delgado
Hensley Beverage Company

Philip Dion
Del Webb Corporation, Retired

John Eldean
Alliance Bank of Arizona

Bob Fessler
United States Air Force, Retired

F. Michael Geddes
Geddes and Company

Mark Hancock
Camelot Homes

William Hodges
Miller Russell & Assoc.

Jackie Hutt

Dave Koeninger
Arizona Cardinals

Hope Levin
MRL Partners LLC

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
Retired from Marsh Inc.

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

Bradley Wright
Squire Patton Boggs


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