About Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit

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

"I'm grateful my son has the opportunity to partner with a program that motivates and teaches him to reach his full potential. Being in this program has helped increase his interest in college. I believe his attitude has changed because of his experience with BHGH."

BHGH Parent

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 1984, BHGH of Detroit has been helping scholars rise up from disadvantaged backgrounds and strive for more. BHGH of Detroit 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 Detroit History








BHGH of Detroit Founded




First Residential Scholars graduate from high school and go on to college


Hope Academy Starts

The first Hope Academy begins at Cristo Rey High School


30 Year Anniversary 

BHGH Celebrates 30 years in the city of Detroit



Hope Academy expands to serve young men at Loyola High School


Collegian Success

BHGH expands programming to support Scholars through college


The Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit 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.

Patrice S. Johnson

Executive Director

Rebecca Limbaugh

Director of Programs

James Bates

Scholar Support Coordinator

Nancy Stahl

Director of Administration


Scott Crane, Chair
Vice President

Kevin Kalczynski, Vice Chair
Vice President, Legal
Central Transport

Daniel Liable, Treasurer
Executive Vice President and CFO
NYX, Inc.

Jo Coleman, Secretary

Kerrie Binno
Senior Regional Account Manager

Bill Hyde
Vice President - Creative Director
Rock Gaming

Jeff Rogers
Universal Logistics Holding

John Sherman
Vice President, Commercial Banking
Huntington Bank

Anthony Tocco
Chief Ethics & Compliance Office
DTE Energy

Paul Bohn
Fausone Bohn, LLP

John Draper
Chief Operations Officer
Viridian Group, LLC

Kelli Coleman
KMColeman Group

Kristin N. Brochert
Trailer Events, LLC

Dan Dulworth
Clark Hill PLC

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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