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 utilizes 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


We believe in the transformative power of education to develop lifelong learners using:
• Strengths-based, positive youth development approaches
• Practical preparation for careers to sustain one’s self and family
• Exposure to diverse opportunities that enrich one’s life and enhance learning
• Scholarship incentives encouraging and maximizing self-motivated learning


We believe in the motivational power of self-selection into the BHGH program because:
• Parents and Scholars share a vision for a better future
• Scholars elect to invest in themselves and are empowered to join
• Families value and trust in a working partnership with BHGH
• BHGH serves bright, capable young people who are motivated to overcome obstacles to reach their potential


We believe youth derive their energy and sustenance from exposure to nurturing environments that provide:
• Inclusion in a loving community that meets youth where they are but sets high expectations
• A feeling of “being home,” with residential care as needed
• Strong and supportive developmental relationships with adult mentors and peers
• Stability, structure, and individualized guidance in small settings
• Modeling of positive values


We believe that a loving God cares about the life of every individual and manifest this belief by:
• Respecting, serving and engaging people from all faith and non-faith traditions
• Focusing on those most in need of our services
• Fostering spirituality and an active spiritual life as essential elements of healthy personal development
• Helping youth develop a moral compass based on universal principles


We believe an enduring relationship with youth holds the most promise for attaining positive outcomes by:
• Intervening early to support scholars from adolescence through college graduation and beyond
• Offering a holistic spectrum of programming that evolves with the age and needs of youth
• Providing ample opportunities for youth to develop social and emotional learning skills


We believe in the Jesuit-inspired, values-centered hallmark of building “persons for others” by:
• Developing character through service learning activities related to social justice and civic responsibility
• Educating those at every level of our organization in cultural competence
• Seeking collaborative partnerships to enhance our mission

BHGH of New York History


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.

Joseph Patuleia

Executive Director

Mike McManus

Chief Operating Officer



Patrick Haskell
Morgan Stanley


Mary Lanning
M L & G Associates

Una Neary
BlackRock, Inc.

Robert M. Grillo



Kevin Haskell
Credit Agricole CIB New York


Robert Mancini
The Carlyle Group

John J. Halleron III
Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP


John K. 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


William J. Graham

William A McKenna, Jr.

Rev. Walter F. Modrys, SJ

David Allinson
Latham & Watkins LLP

Kevin Chau
Merrill Lynch

Robert M. Grillo

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



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
Brown and Riding


JP Brisson
Latham & Watkins

John J. Halleron III
Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP

Billy Hult

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

Michael Monahan
Grant Thornton

Veronica Relea
Latham & Watkins LLP

Jay Rubenstein
Morgan Stanley

Jack E. Plym
J.P. Morgan

David Gildea
Cowen & Company

David Hammer

Curtis Johnson
The Carlyle Group

Robert S. Mancini
The Carlyle Group

Una Neary
BlackRock, Inc.

Richard A.R. Pinkham
Morgan Stanley

Thomas S. Riggs
Goldman Sachs

Netty H. Tsai
Morgan Stanley

Nicola White
Citadel Securities

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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