About Us

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio provides children from under-resourced communities with long-term support and partnership focused on preparing each Scholar for post-secondary and career success.

Residential Program

Residential Scholars receive an academic & residential scholarship affording them an opportunity at a first class education while living in a nurturing home environment with staff trained to help them thrive.

Academy Program

The Boys Hope Girls Hope Academy is the seven-year continuum of support provided to middle school (Hope Prep), high school (College Road), and college students in the program. 

College & Career Success

Upon graduation from high school BHGH continues personalized mentorship and guidance for our Collegians throughout their post-secondary years and the launch of their career.

The Need We Address

49%

of our Northeast Ohio children live in poverty. Cleveland has the second highest poverty rate of any big city in the U.S.

11%

of first generation low income students persist in college through graduation

83%

of inner city youth have been exposed to traumatic events. Children who experience trauma are more likely to engage in high-risk behavior and suffer chronic illness in adulthood

1977 – Hope Begins

Father Paul Sheridan, SJ, establishes the Jesuit Program for Living and Learning in Saint Louis Missouri. Father Sheridan’s program is developed with a unique residential model, and is designed to reflect the Jesuit tradition of developing young individuals in the spirit of ‘cura personalis,’ meaning “care of the whole person.”

1986 – BHGH of Northeastern Ohio is Formed

A chapter of Boys Hope Girls Hope is formed in Northeastern Ohio and is formally incorporated into the larger BHGH International.

1989 – BHGH Opens its Doors in Cuyahoga Falls

Boys Hope Girls Hope opens its first residential home on the campus of Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls. This location was able to provide five boys – all students of the school –  a structured, nurturing home during their high school career.

2000 – Hope Finds a New Home

The home for boys moves from its Cuyahoga Falls location to its current location in Garfield Heights.

2003 – Roots and Wings

The goals we set out to accomplish with our 1999 ‘Roots and Wings’ Campaign came into fruition. BHGH of Northeastern Ohio opened its first girls home on a century-old family estate in Garfield Heights, OH.

2008 – Hope Prep

Our Board’s commitment to extending programming beyond our residential program was actualized with the creation of our Hope Prep program.

2009 – Our Campus of Hope

The dedication of our seventh building – the O’Neill Center – marked the accomplishment of former Executive Director, Anne O’Donnell’s vision to reunify the five homes that formerly made up the Round Family estate, and transform the property into a centralized, first-class campus.

2014 (Spring) – Growing Hope

Based on the strong outcomes of our Scholars, our Board unanimously agrees to launch a five-year capacity building initiative that will secure the organization’s future through a $10-million-dollar endowment campaign and allow us to increase capacity to serve 200 Scholars by 2020.

2014 (Fall) – The Academy Program

BGHG of Northeastern Ohio integrates the core strengths of our middle school, high school, and post-secondary initiatives into a unified curriculum. The newly titled ‘Academy Program’ is comprised of ‘Hope Prep’ for middle school through 10th grade students, ‘College Road’ for 11th and 12th grade students, and ‘Collegian’ for our Scholars in college.

2018 – Our Hope for the Future

BHGH focuses on expanding facilities in order to meet the needs of our existing program, while also allowing us to grow to make holistic and intensive programming available to more than 200 Scholars by 2020. In June, we broke ground on the Rajan Academy center – a critical step toward achieving our goal.

2019 – Rajan Academy Center

The Rajan Academy Center will open its doors in June. This construction project will be an addition to an acquired gymnasium adjacent to the northern border of our Campus of Hope. This space will have an art room, science labs, college preparatory tutoring, study spaces, counseling areas, and open spaces which will allow more than 200 Scholars to participate in our programming.

BHGH INTERNATIONAL

The international office in St. Louis, MO, provides technological, administrative, communications, recruiting and staffing support.Visit the National Office website to learn more about the scope and impact Boys Hope Girls Hope has had across the country: Visit www.boyshopegirlshope.org for more about BHGH.

“When you’re in a situation like I was, and like a lot of the other kids are, it’s a cycle and you can’t break it unless you have people who support you and want to help.” 
– Cecelia, Girls Hope Scholar since 2011
Boys Hope Girls Hope Northeast Ohio