Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio
We believe that everyone has the potential to be successful, and
Boys Hope Girls Hope creates the opportunity.
For more than three decades, we have pioneered best–in–class programming to provide young people in under-resourced communities, within Cleveland and Akron, with the consistent, loving support they need to grow into thriving adults.
Hope happens on our 5.5 acre Campus of Hope in Garfield Heights, Ohio. The young people we serve, our Scholars, have an intense desire to learn and succeed, yet face barriers outside of their control. Committing to their journey all of the way from middle–school through post–secondary education and beyond, we provide a stable, nurturing community where young people are fully championed – academically, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually and socially – providing the foundation they need to reach their goals.
We are a proud member of the Boys Hope Girls Hope Network. Our Network Headquarters connects, provides leadership, and offers signature college–preparatory programming to 16 affiliates.
To nurture and guide motivated young people in need to become well–educated, career–ready men and women for others.
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio serves 145+ Scholars in our Academy and Residential pathways, and 40+ Scholars in our College and Career Success program. We are inspired by the grit, character, ambition, courage, and integrity of our Scholars. Witness stories of Scholars bringing us Hope and read how our program has supported them in reaching their goals.
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio is Established
An affiliate of Boys Hope Girls Hope is formed in Northeastern Ohio and is formally incorporated into the larger Boys Hope Girls Hope Network, which began in 1977.
Doors Open 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 5 boys – all students of the school – a structured, nurturing home during their high school career.
Hope Finds a New Home
The home for boys moves from its Cuyahoga Falls location to its current location in Garfield Heights.
Roots and Wings
The goals we set out to accomplish with our 1999 ‘Roots and Wings’ Campaign came to fruition. Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio opened its first home for girls on a century-old family estate in Garfield Heights, OH.
Our Board’s commitment to extending programming beyond our residential program was actualized with the creation of our Hope Prep program.
Our Campus of Hope
The dedication of our seventh building – the O’Neil 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.
Based on the strong outcomes of our Scholars, our Board unanimously agrees to launch a five-year capacity-building initiative that secures the organization’s future through a $10-million-dollar endowment campaign that also allows us to increase our capacity to serve 200 Scholars by 2020.
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio integrates the core strengths of our middle school, high school, and post-secondary initiatives into a unified curriculum. The becomes the newly titled ‘Academy’ pathway.
Our Hope of the Future
Focus intensifies 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 towards achieving our goal.
The Rajan Academy Center
The Rajan Academy Center opens its doors in June of 2019, uniting the Academy program under one roof. This 22,000 square-foot building includes an innovation studio, art room, study spaces, counseling areas and open spaces for Scholars to develop holistically each day and build life-long relationships.
Our team of dedicated professionals truly embodies the mission of Boys Hope Girls Hope. Regardless of the task at hand, each member of our team acts with focus on our vision of creating best-in-class opportunities for the Scholars we serve. Each “Agent of Hope” embraces our internal core values of…
- Results – We are accountable to our commitments with evidence of our best-in-class outcomes
- Innovation – We think-big, solve problems creatively and take thoughtful risks
- Wellness – The decisions we make consider the need for holistic wellness
- Respect – Our behaviors consider and value each stakeholder’s needs
- Growth – We intentionally provide our team with training and development necessary to achieve our mission
Visit the Career Opportunities Page to learn more and consider joining our team.
Meet Our Team of Dedicated Professionals
Board of Directors/Emeritus Board
Andrew W. Moock
Douglas E. Wells
Nancy C. Benacci
Douglas R. Bell
Michael M. Boeschenstein
Isabella (Bitty) T. Dorr
Thomas R. Eby, Jr.
Cynthia Ames Huffman
Michael J. Merriman
Michael M. Murphy
Peter M. Poulos
Maria O’Neil Ruddock, Psy.D.
Brian M. Brennan
Marcia P. Floyd
Howard Hanna IV
Robert E. Heltzel, Jr.*
John L. Hinds
Edward T. Marshall, DDS
The Hon. John D. Ong
Fr. Don Vettese, S.J.
The Boys Hope Girls Hope Network
There’s power in numbers. Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio is a proud member of the Boys Hope Girls Hope Network. Our Network Headquarters, located in St. Louis, Missouri, connects, provides leadership, and offers signature college-preparatory programming to 16 affiliates. As a part of the Boys Hope Girls Hope Network, our Scholars benefit from programming, resources, partnerships, research, scholarship funds, and shared best practices. Our program uniquely offers a combination of deep local impact and the benefit of diverse international perspectives and interactions. Our Scholars, Collegians, Alumni and team members come together with other impact-driven individuals, maximizing opportunities to share, support, solve problems, and serve.
Our Network includes Boys Hope Girls Hope Network Headquarters and 16 affiliates in the US and Latin America. All Boys Hope Girls Hope affiliates ascribe to the same research-supported Program Model and Theory of Change. Affiliation and services agreements link the Network to ensure mission and brand fidelity, quality operations, maximum functional capacity, consistency in training, programmatic standards, and best practices. We are proud of the support, and connections we receive from our Network!