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.
The Need We Address
of our Northeast Ohio children live in poverty. Cleveland has the second highest poverty rate of any big city in the U.S.
of first generation low income students persist in college through graduation
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.”
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.
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.