Who We Are

In 1977, Father Paul Sheridan, SJ, an educator in St. Louis, MO, created a new program—Boys Hope Girls Hope—to address the needs of children whose potential was threatened by shattered neighborhoods, distressed families, endemic poverty, and other factors beyond their control.
Today, Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH) is a non-sectarian, international charitable organization with operations in fifteen U.S. cities and in Latin America. Every year, BHGH provides services to approximately 270 children in residence in the United States, and 350 children in Brazil, Guatemala, Peru, and Mexico.

While much of BHGH’s national network of affiliates engages its scholars in small group-home settings of ten or less students per household, BHGHNY was charged in 2009 by its Board of Directors to close its previous operations in Staten Island, NY in order to develop an innovative urban boarding program serving at-risk young men and women from the five boroughs of New York City. Subsequently BHGHNY consolidated and moved its operations to Brooklyn, NY after securing partnerships with two Brooklyn private schools—Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School where BHGHNY boys attend and Catherine McAuley High School where its girls are enrolled. BHGHNY serves its scholars through this boarding program model—the only one of its kind in all of New York. While we remain the largest and fastest growing chapter and affiliate of BHGH, we are also committed to sustaining the national movement’s commitment to providing its scholars with an intimate and highly targeted approach to their intellectual and social development and maturation.

At its most rudimentary level, BHGHNY’s work is an effort to rescue children and to provide them with an envvironment that celebrates academic achievement and promotes service to others as the bedrock of community-building and the actualization of self-worth.

Our Mission is to help academically capable and motivated children from at-risk situations meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing them with the safe and stable living environment, academic support, and guidance they need to finish high school, graduate from college, and become responsible and productive citizens.