About Boys Hope Girls Hope of New Orleans
- Academic excellence
- Service and community engagement
- Family-like settings to cultivate youth empowerment
- Long-term and comprehensive programming
- Faith-based values
- Voluntary participant commitment
"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
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
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans History
Father Paul Sheridan, SJ establishes the first Boys Hope Girls Hope program in St. Louis, MO.
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”
Boys Hope New Orleans opens a second home for young men near Jesuit high school.
A new Boys Hope home is constructed to replace the original home, which serves as the Boys Hope home today.
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.
Hurricane Katrina completely destroys the Girls Hope home and offices, and significantly damages the Boys Hope home.
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!
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans celebrates 30 years of HOPE!
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.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jason Maurin, Chair
Ashley Solomon, Secretary
Jefferson Parish Attorney's Office
Shelley Mayer, Treasurer
Ernst and Young
Jon A. Buise
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (Retired)
Lewis J. Derbes, Jr., CPA,
Sally T. Duplantier,
John C. "Sandy" Duplantier, Esq.,
Jessica A. Dwyer, M.Ed.,
St. Francis Xavier Catholic School
Brett P. Fenasci, Esq.,
Kean Miller LLP
Rick Q. Flick,
Banner Chevrolet Banner Ford
Roy A. Glapion,
The Beta Group
Kean Miller LLP
Shell Oil (Retired)
Christopher M. Kenny,
Gulf Point Advisors
Monique Christophe McConduit,
Andrew Jackson Middle School
Murray Yacht Sales
Southern University Law School
Al Rouchell, MD,
Ochsner Medical Center (Retired)
Blue River Consulting
Entergy Services, LLC
Rev. John Brown, S.J.
Father Mark Thibodeaux, S.J.
HONORARY BOARD COUNCIL
Most Rev. Greg Aymond
Patricia W. Cox
Patrick J. Browne, Esq.
John J. Dardis
Bonnie W. Eades
Jack V. Eumont
Annette M. Francingues
Sandra T. Henry
Edward J. Koehl, Jr., Esq.,
Marianne K. Koehl, Esq.
Thomas M. Kitchen
Hon. Salvadore T. Mule
Ron H. Patron
Michael H. Rodrigue
George F. Sins, Jr.
Lloyd A. Tate, C.P.A.
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.