What is the mission of Boys Hope Girls Hope International? (BHGH Int’l)

BHGH Int’l 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 homes, opportunities and education through college.

Where is BHGH Int’l?

BHGH Int’l operates programs in 15 different locations in the United States, as well as four locations in Latin America.

What is BHGH Int’l’s relationship with BHGH Baltimore?

BHGH Baltimore is a regional and autonomous affiliate of BHGH Int’l. We are a registered 501c3 non-profit.

How does BHGH Baltimore fulfill its mission?

BHGH Baltimore provides children long-term care with non-institutional homes staffed by college educated live-in residential counselors. The residential counselors challenge scholars to live up to their potential while helping them develop independent and leadership skills and strong community engagement. BHGH Baltimore concentrates on the development of the whole child—intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and physical.

How is BHGH Baltimore funded?

BHGH Baltimore is supported by grants, gifts and donations from private individuals, foundations, corporations, and events. The BHGH Int’l office in St. Louis, MO provides technological, communications, and recruiting and staffing support.

How do children come to BHGH Baltimore?

BHGH Baltimore maintains a network of relationships with parents, educators, social workers, coaches, and other childcare professionals who recommend children to the program. After a lengthy and thorough evaluation to determine whether BHGH Baltimore would be the right program to meet a child’s needs, he or she is accepted. BHGH Baltimore is wholly voluntary. It is neither therapeutic foster care, nor court ordered.

Why does a family choose BHGH Baltimore?

Financial struggle, a parent’s death or incapacitation, or other serious disruptions in the child’s home life, can all force a loving parent to realize that he or she cannot provide everything that the child needs to become a successful adult. The family-like atmosphere of BHGH Baltimore, the program’s strong record of success, its emphasis on the development of the whole child, and its expectation that the parent(s)/guardian(s) will remain a central and committed part of the child’s life and upbringing, can make the transition from a troubled home to a stable and supportive environment, a positive one.

What kinds of children are in the BHGH Baltimore program?

BHGH Baltimore serves children and the matriculating college students who have graduated from our program whose family’s income is below 300% of the federal poverty level. Current scholars are African-American and Hispanic, ages 12 to 20 years, and able to meet the high academic and personal standards of BHGH Baltimore. They are academically capable and motivated. They all have a desire to break multi-generational cycles of poverty. They are children who, under the right circumstances, can succeed. At BHGH Baltimore, they are encouraged—and expected—to do so.

Can I refer a child to BHGH Baltimore?

Do you know a child with obvious academic potential and motivation who:

  • Is succeeding in school despite difficult circumstances?
  • Is best suited for a challenging educational atmosphere currently unavailable to them?
  • Has an intellectual capacity that cannot be fully realized due to their home or school environment?

If you know a child that meets these criteria and may be in need of long-term placement away from the natural family, please contact our office.

Does BHGH Baltimore work with other organizations?

Partnership is one of the distinguishing features of BHGH Baltimore. We begin by partnering with scholars’ parents, and we extend this model to our cooperation with a variety of different organizations, including schools, universities and other non-profit agencies to meet our scholars’ needs. Click here to read more about our collaborations and partnerships.

Where do BHGH Baltimore scholars go to school?

Scholars are carefully matched to the school that can best meet their intellectual, social and emotional needs. BHGH Baltimore scholars study in both public and private schools. Click here to read more about our schools.