BHGH empowers Scholars with a balanced approach to their development with a focus on their intellectual growth, social-emotional development and holistic wellness that fosters the critical academic, social-emotional and life skills needed for success.
total Residential and Academy Scholars enrolled with a goal to reach 220 Scholars by 2020
of our Scholars enroll in their 1st or 2nd choice high school
of our Residential Scholars met their quarterly goals related to Academics, Wellness, and Community this year
years of individualized support provided after high school graduation to all BHGH Scholars
of our Scholars persist through college compared to 11% nationally for first generation college-bound students
Jay joined Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio at the age of twelve. Enrolled at St. Ignatius High, he became the school’s first African-American member of the debate team and went to the state championships as a first-year debater. During his second year, he was one of the top 20 debaters in the state of Ohio.
“What Boys Hope Girls Hope did for me was to offer me opportunities,” he says. “Boys Hope Girls Hope offers extraordinary young people, in extraordinary life circumstances, extraordinary opportunities.”
Jay graduated with honors from St. Ignatius, winning the school’s prestigious Bellringer Award and going on to Villanova University, where he earned recognition as one of the 12 most promising minority male college students in America. During his collegiate career he also worked for both the National Hispanic Institute and the World Bank; won fellowships to study at Georgetown, Cambridge, and Harvard; and co-founded The Paragon, an on-campus organization at Villanova dedicated to developing and teaching leadership in the African-American community.
“I am so indebted to Boys Hope Girls Hope,” Jay says. “I am most thankful to be blessed with an education, and life experience, which empowers me to be committed to something larger than myself.”
After graduating from Villanova, Jay worked at Goldman Sachs for two years before launching a start-up to help small businesses raise capital from investors within their communities. He then joined the U.S. Treasury Department, where he served as the Senior Advisor for Domestic Finance. In 2015, he was recognized for his work by Forbes Magazine and named 30 Under 30: Law and Policy.
Later, in 2016, Jay was awarded a Rising Star by FCW Magazine as the Director of Agency Partnerships for 18F, an office within the General Services Administration that collaborates with other agencies to fix technical problems, build products, and improve how government serves the public through technology.
Currently, Jay is a Technology Transformation Service Strategic Advisor for the General Services Administration, an independent agency of the United States government established to help manage and support the basic functioning of federal agencies. He is also taking Master degree classes at Harvard Kennedy School through the mid-career Master in Public Administration program.
In addition, as a former scholar, Jay remains very involved with the program as a contributor and role model. He has hosted scholars in Washington, D.C. for internships, spoke at fundraising events, and offered much-needed advice to leadership on organizational strategy. He has also served at other youth non-profits in DC and NYC, including local schools, Reading All-Stars, and the Jersey City Police Athletic League.
Latonya entered Boys Hope Girls Hope in the 8th grade and attended Urban Community School. In 2011 she graduated from Walsh Jesuit, where she ran Track and was involved in Community Service. Upon graduation, Latonya attended the University of Akron where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development in 2016.
Soon after graduation, she started her work at the Child Care Center as a Lead Toddler Teacher for two years before she decided to return to the University of Akron to work towards her Master’s in Social Work.
Currently, Latonya works as an Instructional Aid for a local high school and after receiving her Master’s Degree, she plans to continue to help the youth in Cleveland.
With the help of BHGH, Latonya was provided many opportunities to be involved in service activities, leading her to her career in social work and she is thankful that BHGH led her there.