About Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York

One of 16 affiliates across the United States and Latin America, Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York helps academically motivated high school students rise above disadvantaged backgrounds and become college-educated, career-ready, community-minded leaders.

Our goal is to graduate young people who are physically, emotionally and academically prepared for post-secondary education and a productive life, breaking the cycle of poverty. BHGH of New York utlizes the following elements to achieve our mission:

  • Academic excellence
  • Service and community engagement
  • Family-like settings to cultivate youth empowerment
  • Long-term and comprehensive programming
  • Faith-based values
  • Voluntary participant commitment

Boys Hope Girls Hope firmly believes that children have the power to overcome adversity, realize their potential, and help transform our world. Children create these successes when we remove obstacles, support and believe in them, and provide environments and opportunities that build on their strengths.

"We saw evidence of the powerful benefit of a safe environment and mentors who provide both structure and care. These young scholars are fortunate indeed to have the support of parents and the wise counsel of the program's advisors. Bravo, BHGH!"

Rebecca Sykes, President of The Oprah Winfrey Foundation, Dinner Guest

Our Mission

Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated youth-in-need to 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.

Our Vision

Our vision is that our scholars reach their full potential and become healthy, productive life-long learners who:
Adapt to an ever-changing world | Thrive in the face of obstacles | Generate a positive ripple effect in their families, work places, and communities

Our Local Impact

Since 1979, BHGH of New York has been helping scholars rise up from disadvantaged backgrounds and strive for more. BHGH of New York serves youth who want to go to college and create successful futures for themselves. Our scholars have joined our program to receive support on their journey to college and beyond. They seek the academic resources, extracurricular opportunities, and mentor relationships we provide.

BHGH of New York History

1979

1999

2009

2013

2014

2019

1979

BHGH of New York Established

Just two years after Boys Hope Girls Hope was founded, at that time called The Jesuit Program for Living and Learning, the New York affiliate began serving boys in residence in Staten Island, NY.

1999

Became Boys Hope Girls Hope

The name of the Jesuit Program for Living and Learning became Boys Hope Girls Hope.

2009

Boarding Program Began

Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York 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 young men and women in need from the five boroughs of New York City.

2013

New School Partnership

Upon the closing of Catherine McAuley High School, Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York began its partnership with Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School, which opened where Catherine McAuley once stood.

2014

New Programming Implemented

College-Readiness Program and Summer Enrichment Academy began, resulting in Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York’s 100% four-year college acceptance rate.

2019

40th Anniversary

Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York is already gearing up to celebrate its 40th Anniversary in 2019.

Leadership

The Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York Board of Directors and staff leadership collaborate to ensure mission fidelity, financial stewardship and transparency. This team of professionals is committed to continuous learning, effective programming and improvement through impact evaluation and innovation.

Enuma Menkiti

Interim Executive Director

Mike McManus

Chief Operating Officer

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

CHAIR

Patrick Haskell
Morgan Stanley

CO-VICE CHAIR

Mary Lanning
M L & G Associates

Una Neary
BlackRock, Inc.

Robert M. Grillo
Founder-CEO, RMAG LLC

 

TREASURER

Kevin Haskell
Credit Agricole CIB New York

CHAIR EMERITUS

Robert Mancini
The Carlyle Group

John J. Halleron III
Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

John Mara
New York Football Giants

Donald F. Privett
Brown and Riding

Thomas S. Riggs
Goldman Sachs

Michael Monahan
Grant Thornton

J.P. Brisson
Latham & Watkins

HONORARY TRUSTEES

William J. Graham

William A McKenna, Jr.

Rev. Walter F. Modrys, SJ

George Suter, Jr.

David Allinson
Latham & Watkins LLP

Kevin Chau
Merrill Lynch

Robert M. Grillo
Founder-CEO, RMAG LLC

Patrick O. Haskell
Morgan Stanley

Frederick C. Johs
Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP

Mary Lanning
ML&G Associates

John K. Mara
New York Football Giants

Berk Nowak, CFA, CAIA
Brown Advisory

Jack E. Plym
J.P. Morgan

 

T. Troy Dixon
Hollis Park Partners, L.P

John M. Hackney
Estate Planning Consultant

Kevin C. Haskell
Credit Agricole CIB New York

David C. Kalajian
Morgan Stanley

Warren Lilien
Latham & Watkins LLP

Jay B. Martin
Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Co.

Kristin Ostby de Barillas (ex officio)
Boys Hope Girls Hope International

Donald F. Privett
Worldwide Facilities, Inc

Nicola White
Citadel Securities

JP Brisson
Latham & Watkins

Andrew J. Entwistle
Entwistle & Cappucci

John J. Halleron III
Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP

Billy Hult
Tradeweb

Rev. James F. Keenan, SJ
New York Society of Jesus

Peter T. Maloney
Aon Risk Solutions

Michael Monahan
Grant Thornton

Veronica Relea
Latham & Watkins LLP

 

David Gildea
Cowen & Company

David Hammer
PIMCO

Curtis Johnson
The Carlyle Group

John J. King
J. Kings Food Service Professionals, Inc.

Robert S. Mancini
The Carlyle Group

Una Neary
BlackRock, Inc.

Richard A.R. Pinkham
Morgan Stanley

Thomas S. Riggs
Goldman Sachs

EMERGING LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

Keith Fell, Co-Chair

Daniel Diorio, Co-Chair

Shohini Bhattacharya

Michael Brown

Kyle Christine

 

Colin Groshong

Naveen Gulati

Kevin Haskell

Dane Lund

Antoine Manchelle

Joseph McElligott

Cristina Mills

Orville Mills

Michael Pisano

Christina Roberts

Corrinne Rotter

Matthew Teller

 

The Need We Address

Prior to joining our program, our scholars’ circumstances include environmental barriers that make it difficult to concentrate on achieving their goals. The relationship between educational failure and poverty creates a vicious cycle that affects too many children in our communities and negatively impacts our entire society.

  • Twenty-one percent of children in the US live in poverty (Census Bureau, 2014)
  • Children born into poverty are six times more likely to drop out of school (Cities in Crisis, 2008).
  • The longer a child lives in poverty, the lower their overall level of academic achievement (Guo and Harris, 2000).
  • Children from families in the highest income quartile are 8 times as likely to earn a college degree that those from the lowest income quartile (Pell Institute and Penn Ahead, 2015).
  • In 1980, college graduates earned 29% more than those without. By 2007, that gap grew to 66% (Baum & Ma, 2007).
  • The costs to United States society are significant in terms of economic productivity, tax revenue, health care over-utilization, parental attention to children’s educational development, civic engagement, and volunteerism (Baum & Ma, 2007).
  • According to CEOs for Cities, every one percentage point increase in adult four-year college degree attainment adds an additional $763 to per capita income per year (One Student at a Time, 2013).
  • Cohen and Piquero (2009) monetized the cost to society over the course of a “negative outcome” child’s lifetime as follows: High School Dropout = $390,000 - $580,000, Plus Heavy Drug User = $846,000 – $1.1 Million, Plus Career Criminal = $3.2 - $5.8 Million.

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