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History

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baltimore (BHGH) empowers children, who want to succeed, to break cycles of poverty by providing year-round family-like homes, a first-rate education, opportunities, and support through college.

Organizational Background

In 1977, a St. Louis educator decided all children regardless of their background had the right to an education. These children did not feel safe at home, were afraid of the drug-induced violence in their neighborhood and often went without a meal. Their families wanted what was best for them but were not able to provide for them much less give them a good education. They needed to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. They were poor. This affected their children’s ability and desire to learn.

The educator decided to change this. He founded a fully elective, and educationally focused, non-profit residential program for intellectually capable children called Boys Hope. He placed these children in top-rated schools and formed family-style homes that recreated a healthy family dynamic. Today, Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH) has grown into an international organization with operations in fifteen U.S. cities and 3 Latin American countries.

As a regional and autonomous affiliate since 2002, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baltimore (BHGH) breaks intergenerational cycles of poverty, homelessness, abuse and neglect by empowering children and their families. Neither court-ordered nor therapeutic foster care, BHGH is fully elective, with a competitive application process. Children are usually identified and referred by the adults who know them best: teachers, school administrators and counselors, social workers, pediatricians, spiritual leaders, and coaches. Once accepted, the children move into one of our safe and structured family-like homes run by loving residential educators. If they have a safe place to go, they visit home one weekend a month. We wrap our arms around children starting at the age of 10 through college graduation who want to learn, but are victims of unstable homes and unsafe neighborhoods.