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 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.

"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.”

Joshua, Scholar

Our Mission

Boys Hope Girls Hope 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.

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 2002, BHGH of Baltimore has been helping scholars rise up from disadvantaged backgrounds and strive for more. BHGH of Baltimore 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 Baltimore History









BHGH Founded.

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.

Arlene Hackbarth

Executive Director

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
Advisory Board

John Goles, Chair
Senior VP Wealth Management
Janney, Montgomery Scott LLC

Wayne Simms, Vice-Chair
Enterprise Relationship Manager

Dan Murtaugh, Secretary
VP Mortgage Banking
Old Line Bank

Kathleen Anderson, Member
Client Services Executive
Clearbridge Investments

Gueter Aurelien, Member
Venable LLP

Gina Campbell, Member
Community Advocate

Chineta Davis, Member
Community Advocate

Amy Fuggi, Member
Community Advocate

Carroll Gunkel, Member
Retired Minister

Barry Herman, Past Chair
Intellectual Property Litigation
Managing Partner, Baltimore
Womble Bond Dickinson

Andrew Hilger, Past Chair
Allegis Group

30Jason LaCanfora, Member
CBS Sports

Joseph LaRocque, Past Chair
Managing Director
Legg Mason

Vhonda Lewis, Member
HR Manager
McCormick & CO

Michael McSally, Member
Vice President
Allegis Group

Tim Walko, Member
Client Advisor
Legacy Secure of Maryland

Jaclyn Pavelec Ceesay, Member
Director of Marketing and Communications
Maxim Healthcare Services, Inc.

Richard Zink , Member

Larry Elias Jennings Jr.

James J. Railey

Mike Dunn

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.

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