We are Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois helps motivated high school students rise above disadvantaged backgrounds. Our goal is to graduate young people who are physically, emotionally, and academically prepared for post-secondary education and productive life, breaking barriers so they can become community-minded leaders.
Boys Hope Girls Hope firmly believes that young people have the power to overcome adversity, realize their potential, and help transform our world. They 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 of Illinois is a proud member of the Boys Hope Girls Hope Network. Our Network Headquarters, located in St. Louis, Missouri, connects, provides leadership to, and offers signature college-preparatory programming to 15 affiliates. Each affiliate is independently incorporated, governed by its own board of directors, and responsible for its own fundraising. Affiliation and services agreements link the Network to ensure mission and brand fidelity, quality operations, maximum functional capacity, and consistency in training, programmatic standards, and best practices.
OUR MISSION & DNA
To nurture and guide motivated young people in need to become well-educated, career-ready men and women for others.
Boys Hope Girls Hope utilizes the following
approach to achieve our mission.
Long-Term and Comprehensive
Voluntary in Nature
Since 1979, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois has served young people who want to go to college and create successful futures for themselves. Young scholars have joined our program to receive support on their journey to college and beyond. They seek the academic resources, extracurricular opportunities, experiences, leadership development, and mentor relationships we provide.
See how Boys Hope Girls Hope is prioritizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
The Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois Board of Directors and team leadership collaborate to ensure mission fidelity, financial stewardship and transparency. Together, this group of professionals is committed to continuous learning, effective programming and outcomes, and improvement through impact evaluation and innovation.
Jennifer Downs O'Shaughnessy
Richard Rivera Garcia
Residential Counselor, O'Donnell House
Residential Counselor, Healy House
Coordinator of Scholar & Collegian Services
Director of Philanthropy
Residential Counselor, O'Donnell House
Veronica "Ronnie" Krueger
Data Systems Manager
Donor Experience Manager
Residential Supervisor, O'Donnell House
Residential Supervisor, Valenti House
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Alamar Capital Management
Frontage Search Partners
Daniel J. Baker
KeyBank Real Estate Capital
Kipp One Primary
RSM US LLP
Michael P. Kailus
Segall Bryant & Hamill
Christopher T. Tarzon
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Gallert Hospitality Group
Michael P. Leahy
Summit Trail Advisors
Junior Board President
Corinne E. McClintic
North Shore Country
Boys Hope Girls Hope
Clover Lane Patrons
George E. Sargent
Sargent Family Foundation
Ernst & Young
Windy City Representatives
Katten Muchin Rosenman
Zurich North America
John W. Amberg
Evanston Educational Consultants
William L. Bax
Pricewaterhouse Coopers, L.L.P.
J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr.
Arthur J. Gallagher & Company
J. Jeffrey Geldermann
F. James Heider
Scott K. Heitmann
Wintrust Financial Corporation
Michael S. Meyers
Catalyst Inno Institute
William Blair (Retired)
J. Hobie Murnane
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Daniel J. O’Donovan
Metal Parts & Equipment Co.
Chapman & Spingola, LLP
Joseph E. Valenti, Jr.
Lifetime Trustee Valenti Builders
Emily Therese Geiger-Medina
Larry Phillips, Jr.
Jack T. Wambach
Boys Hope Girls Hope was founded in 1977 in St. Louis, Missouri by Rev. Paul Sheridan, SJ. Since that time, the program has been replicated across the US and in Latin America. Below are key highlights from our affiliate’s history.
Volunteer board developed a Jesuit Program for Living and Learning Incorporated in Illinois.
Home location identified, zoning approved by the city of Evanston, and home is purchased.
First house parents hired and scholars enter the program.
Second home is purchased in Evanston.
Boys Hope Women’s Board is founded.
First scholars enter college.
The first alumnus becomes a college graduate.
From this year onward, all graduates of Boys Hope are accepted into 4-year colleges and universities.
Boys Hope was awarded the first Northwestern University Evans Scholarship.
The program mission was altered to focus on a leadership development model.
Board commits to Girls Home in Chicago.
Board authorizes name change and 6 months later, the first Girls Hope Scholars enter the program at a temporary facility.
Girls Hope permanent home opened in Evanston.
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Chicago Junior Board is founded.
Women’s Board sets a fundraising record, and National Headquarters adopts a new mission and values statement.
Began 2006-2007 school year with full houses and staff.
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois achieves the highest GPA of any affiliate in the country.
First Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois Alumnus joins the Junior Board.
Women’s Board Dinner Dance sets a new fundraising record.