Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like environments, opportunities and education through college.
We believe in opportunity, education and inclusion for every young person.
Boys Hope Girls Hope was founded in 1977 by Fr. Paul Sheridan. As an educator in St. Louis, MO, he had seen the potential of too many young lives extinguished by negative factors: underfunded schools; families distressed by poverty and divorce; and neighborhoods shattered by drugs and violence. Boys Hope Girls Hope offers permanent solutions for young people in difficult, complex situations through holistic programming designed to meet the academic, social, and developmental needs of each student served.
Established in 1993 in Colorado, BHGHCO began a Residential program with the opening of the Boys Hope home. The Girls Hope home opened in 2010. The Residential program's main education partner has been Regis Jesuit High School. In 2013, BHGHCO implemented the Academy program, at Aurora Central High School (ACHS) now serving on average 50 scholars. BHGHCO has grown the number of scholars served by 238% in the past five years.
With the beginning of this school year, BHGHCO has transitioned out of the Residential program in an effort to serve more scholars at Regis Jesuit High School in a more cost effective way. With the success of the Academy program, BHGHCO will continue to increase the number of high school graduates participating in the College program (now 35 collegians). By 2020, BHGHCO will be serving over 120 young men and women of potential in high school and college.
Boys Hope Girls Hope has opened me to new experiences. I've volunteered at multiple places around Denver and Aurora with my fellow scholars. We learned the life stories of the elderly residents at Shalom Cares and sang songs with the little children of Sacred Heart Parish. I was able to visit the University of Wyoming and CSU. While touring CSU with Sarah, I knew instantly that it was the place for me. It took a lot of work to turn my dream of attending CSU into a reality. I applied for multiple scholarships and wrote countless essays that Sarah and Emily helped edit. I did interview practice with Amy Kennedy. All of this preparation helped immensely; I'm proud to say that I will be a freshman at CSU in the fall.