About Boys Hope Girls Hope of New Orleans

One of 18 affiliates across the United States and Latin America, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans 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 Greater New Orleans 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
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.

"From the first day that I stepped into the house, BHGH told me I was going to do great things. They weren't wrong."

Edward, 2015 BHGH and Rummel Graduate

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 1980, BHGH of Greater New Orleans has been helping scholars rise up from disadvantaged backgrounds and strive for more. BHGH of Greater New Orleans 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.

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans History

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2010

1977

Father Paul Sheridan, SJ establishes the first Boys Hope Girls Hope program in St. Louis, MO.


1980

New Orleans is the third U.S. city after St. Louis, MO and Cincinnati, OH to establish a Boys Hope program in partnership with a Jesuit High School for driven young men in need. The program was first called “The Jesuit Program for Living and Learning”


1984

Boys Hope New Orleans opens a second home for young men near Jesuit high school.


1999

A new Boys Hope home is constructed to replace the original home, which serves as the Boys Hope home today.


2002

New Orleans converts one of the Boys Hope houses into the first Girls Hope home in partnership with St. Mary’s Dominican High School for young women in need.


2005

Hurricane Katrina completely destroys the Girls Hope home and offices, and significantly damages the Boys Hope home.


2007

Post-Katrina Boys Hope home renovations are completed, and Boys Hope scholars move back home just in time to celebrate Mardi Gras in Mid-City!


2010

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans celebrates 30 years of HOPE!


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Leadership

The Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans 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.

Chuck Roth

Executive Director

Sarah DeMarais

Program Director

Cydne Romine

Development Director

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Janis van Meerveld, Esq., Board Chair
US Magistrate Judge
Eastern District of LA

Lewis J. Derbes, JR. CPA, Vice Chair
HRI Properties

Christopher M. Kenny, Treasurer
Gulf Point Advisors

Greg F. Rouchell. Esq., Secretary
Adams & Reese

Will Z. Bienvenu,
ASI Federal Credit Union

Jon A. Buise,
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Ellen H. Cohen,
Metairie Park Country Day

Tim Cragin,
Entergy Corporation

Karen S. DeBlieux,
Capitol One Bank

Sally T. Duplantier,
Community Volunteer

John C. "Sandy" Duplantier, Esq.,
Festivious Gourmet

Brett P. Fenasci, Esq.,
Kean, Miller et al

Rick Q. Flick,
Banner Chevrolet Banner Ford

Roy A. Glapion, P.E.,
The Beta Group

Stephen Hanemann,
Kean, Miller et al

John Hummel,
Shell Oil (Retired)

Thomas M. Kitchen,
Stewart Enterprises, Inc. (Retired)

Edward J. Koehl, Jr., Esq.,
Jones, Walker

Monique McConduit,
Andrew Jackson Middle School

Marquest Meeks,
Entergy Corporation

Stanton Murray,
Murray Yacht Sales

Eugene Priestly,
Chevron

Al Rouchell, MD,
Ochsner Medical Center

Ben Tarantino,
WiseMove Real Estate Solutions

Susie Zeringue, Esq.,
Couhig Partners, LLC

EX-OFFICIO

Cynthia A. Thomas, Ed. D

Anthony McGinn, S.J.

John J. Delvin, III

Thomas Moran

HONORARY BOARD COUNCIL

Most Rev. Greg Aymond

James J. Cooke, Jr.

Patricia W. Cox

Patrick J. Browne, Esq.

John J. Dardis

Bonnie W. Eades

Jack V. Eumont

Annette M. Francingues

Sandra T. Henry

Marianne K. Koehl, Esq.

Hon. Salvadore T. Mule

Ron H. Patron

Michael H. Rodrigue

Ashton J. Ryan, Jr.

George F. Sins, Jr.

Daniel J. "Rusty" Staub

Gordon Stevens

Lloyd A. Tate, C.P.A.

Mignhon Toume

Richard E. Treuting

Steven W. Usdin, Esq.

John E. Unsworth, Jr.

Edward C. Vocke, III

Errol G. Williams

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 than 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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