About BHGH of Baltimore
One of 16 affiliates across the United States and Latin America, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baltimore helps academically motivated middle and high school students rise above disadvantaged backgrounds and become successful in college and beyond.
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 Baltimore 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
"Because of Boys Hope Girls Hope, I have traveled the world, networked with various important people and have been a part of a brotherhood. My time here has truly helped me grow as a person so that I can help others.”
To nurture and guide motivated young people in need to become well-educated, career-ready men and women for others.
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
BHGH of Baltimore History
Father Paul Sheridan started Boys Hope Girls Hope in St. Louis, Missouri.
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baltimore founded.
Boys Hope Girls Hope opened in Baltimore and was housed in the convent of Our Lady of Pompei Church in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore.
Boys Hope finds a permanent home.
Founding Board Members of BHGH purchased a lot in Northeast Baltimore and built the boys home.
Girls House Was Built
With the generosity of the television program, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, the girls home was built.
Boys Hope’s First College Graduates
Three original Boys Hope Scholars become the first college graduates from the Baltimore program!
- Marc Franklin – Boston College
- Michael Franklin – Haverford College
- David Yeager – Bachelor’s UMBC and Master’s Morgan State 2014
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baltimore Celebrates 15th Anniversary!
Boys Hope Girls Hope International Celebrates 40th Anniversary!
The Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baltimore 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.
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baltimore is pleased to announce the appointment of Arlene Hackbarth as the organization’s Executive Director. Arlene has a passion for service, coupled with extensive expertise in adolescent development, residential programming and non-profit leadership. A long-time resident of Baltimore, Arlene Hackbarth is a graduate of Loyola University. She is a licensed professional counselor (LCPC) with more than 35 years of experience, including leadership positions at The Baltimore Station, as well as Catholic Charities.
Board of Directors
David Robinson, Chair & Finance Committee
Senior VP of Regional Sales
SunTrust, Now Truist
John Goles, Vice Chair
Senior VP Wealth Management
Janney, Montgomery Scott LLC
Matthew Schofield, Esq., Board Treasurer
Jaclyn Pavelec-Ceesay, Secretary / Event Committee
Director of Marketing/Communications
Maxim Healthcare Services
Tim Barger, VP-Interim Staffing Solutions
The Greeley Company
Rodney Baylor, Development Committee
Vice President, Client Services
Gina Campbell, Program Committee Chair
The Campbell Foundation
Jacqueline Crosby, Development Committee
Director CMADS Customer Service at CareFirst
CareFirst BCBS Maryland
Shawn Dekker, Development Committee Chair
Andrew Hilger, Past Chair & Development Committee
Bryce Legg, Development Committee
Senior Vice President
Ray McLaughlin, Former Treasurer/ Finance Committee
AltaVista Strategic Partners
Tanya M. Robinson, Development Committee
Executive Director of Medicare
Matthew J. Youssef, Esq., Development Committee
Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP
Larry Elias Jennings
James j. Railey
Kevin P. McCarthy
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.