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

group shot at GH by stairs

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.

Executive Director
Karen Bond

Executive Director

Karen Bond has served as executive director of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baltimore since January of 2017. She has built a career helping non-profits increase their organizational capacity and effectiveness- both fundraising and designing innovative educational programs across the country. Before joining Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baltimore, she served as Senior Director of External Relations for the Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. While there, she headed external programs that included the Academic Talent Search, Outreach efforts, the Next Generation Venture Fund and the JKC Young Scholars Program. 

Ms. Bond is passionately and actively involved in nonprofit and foundation boards, including the Power Foundation, Duke Engage and Invest in Girls. She is the immediate past – president of Executive Alliance (formerly known as Network 20000 and chair of the Baltimore City Women’s Commission. She has served on the boards of Friends School, Grace and St. Peter’s School, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Meals on Wheels, and Girls Scouts of Central Maryland. She is a graduate of the GBC Leadership Program. 

Ms. Bond has been recognized as one of Maryland’s Top 100 women and Innovator of the Year by the Daily Record newspaper. Karen brings a high level of engagement and a track record of helping boards begin the conversation on the benefits of a diverse membership. Additionally, she has served on national and international panels for the College Board and Educational Testing Services, sharing her expertise on supporting under- represented in higher education. 

She holds an A.B. in political science and English from Duke University and an M.S. in Applied Behavioral Science with a concentration in training from Johns Hopkins University. She was a Hopkins Fellow in Organization and Community Systems. 


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

Jason 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.

Invest in the success of our scholars!