BHGHNY's mission is to help academically capable and motivated children from at-risk situations meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing them with the safe and stable living environment, academic support, and guidance they need to finish high school, graduate from college, and become responsible and productive citizens.


In 1977, Father Paul Sheridan, SJ, an educator in St. Louis, MO, created a new program - Boys Hope Girls Hope - to address the needs of children whose potential was threatened by shattered neighborhoods, distressed families, endemic poverty, and other factors beyond their control. Today, Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH) is a non-sectarian, international charitable organization with operations in fifteen U.S. cities and 3 countries in Latin America. While much of BHGH's national network of affiliates engages its scholars in small group-home settings of ten or less students per household, BHGHNY was charged in 2009 by its Board of Directors to close its previous operations in Staten Island, NY in order to develop an innovative urban boarding program serving at-risk young men and women from the five boroughs of New York City. Subsequently BHGHNY consolidated and moved its operations to Brooklyn, NY.

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