About Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California

One of 18 affiliates across the United States and Latin America, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California 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 Southern California 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.

"Boys Hope Girls Hope motivated me to always do my best and trust myself because of that I know I can accomplish anything.”

Adrian, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California Collegian

Our Mission

To nurture and guide motivated young people in need to become well-educated, career-ready men and women for others.

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 1991, BHGH of Southern California has been helping scholars rise up from disadvantaged backgrounds and strive for more. BHGH of Southern California 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 Southern California History







BHGH Founded

Fr. Paul Sheridan started Boys Hope Girls Hope in St. Louis, Missouri.


Opened First Home

Opened first boys’ home in Rancho Santa Margarita.


Began Serving Girls

The first girls’ home opens in Fullerton and we became Boys Hope Girls Hope.



BHGH of Southern California has 12 pre-collegian scholars and 10 collegian scholars. We are one of 15 affiliates in the United States. Our Alumni have become productive and contributing members of our community and give back to our scholars as men and women “for others”.


BHGH Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Happy 40th Boys Hope Girls Hope!


The Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California 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.



Ryan Huntsman
Vice President
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Laura Weber
Region Manager
World Wide Technology

Garth Flint
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Doug McCaulley
Deloitte Tax LLP

Mitch Shatzen
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Jesse Bagley
President & CEO
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Joshua Aven CRPC
CEO / Founder
Aven Financial Group

Damon Bennett
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Rick Carpenter
Senior Vice President
Royal Business Bank

Rosemary Czopek
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Mark Foster
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Mark C. Johnson
Chairman & CEO
Mark Chapin Johnson Foundation

David S. Kim
Managing Partner
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Roger T. Kirwan
Woodside Credit

Tracy Kirwan
Community Volunteer

Diane Lannon
Community Volunteer

Cameran Lindee
Vice President

Sandra L. Mitchell
Community Volunteer

Theresa C. Morrison
William J. Cagney Trust

James O’Neal
Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Chris Pribus
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Paul Reisz
Executive Vice President

Mark Schechter
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Cliff Shepherdson
Vice President

Kassie Smith
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Katherine Vu
VP/CRA Compliance Manager
Pacific Premier Bank

Keith Webster
Managing Director
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Robin Yoshimura
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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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