About Boys Hope Girls Hope
Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children in need meet their full potential by providing family-like support in a home-like environment, and opportunities and education through college. Nurtured in a safe home and provided with an excellent education, these youth thrive. Boys Hope Girls Hope runs a community-based outreach program for children whose home situation does not require out-of-home placement, effectively doubling the number the children that BHGH can serve. Based in Bridgeton, Missouri, Boys Hope Girls Hope currently serves children in 15 U.S. cities, plus Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru.  bhghinternational.org

About Paul Minorini
Paul Minorini has been involved in Boys Hope Girls Hope for nearly half of his life. While an undergraduate at Northwestern University, Minorini served as a Boys Hope Girls Hope house parent, living in the homes three or four days a week and attending classes during the day when the scholars were at school. As he worked his way through the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Minorini continued to mentor at-risk scholars. His outstanding efforts were recognized when he was honored with the Outstanding Community Service Award by the university. It was clear he’d already found his life’s calling. He continued his advocacy on behalf of kids as an attorney practicing with Hogan & Hartson LLP in the national capital area, where he addressed the issue of equity in education and equitable opportunities for at-risk children.

Ultimately, the pull of Boys Hope Girls Hope proved too strong. In 1997, Minorini and his family moved to Missouri to begin work as the organization’s director of organizational advancement. Four years later, he was appointed president and CEO, a position he has held since.

Boys Hope Girls Hope is a privately funded, non-profit organization that provides children-in-need with the support they need to reach their full potential: a welcoming home to live in, a stable environment with positive mentoring, a quality education, and support—financial, moral, and emotional. Some of these children are neglected. Some come from families afflicted by drug abuse, mental illness, and other dysfunctions. Many are loved by caring families whose struggles overwhelm any thought of aspiration or achievement. The common theme in their backgrounds is, of course, poverty.

Boys Hope Girls Hope gives children positive mentoring, long-term adult relationships, and emotional as well as financial support, through college and beyond. Based in Bridgeton, Missouri, Boys Hope Girls Hope currently serves children in 15 U.S. cities, plus Mexico, Peru, and Guatemala. The slogan of this inspiring organization is as simple and humble as its mission: “There’s no place like Hope.”

Under Minorini’s leadership, Boys Hope Girls Hope began a community-based outreach program for children whose home situation did not require out-of-home placement. The program, which provides children with many of the same opportunities as residential students, currently serves eight sites and has effectively doubled the number the children-in-need that Boys Hope Girls Hope can serve.

Minorini has also directed energy, resources, and focus on college preparation success, which he believes is the organization’s greatest accomplishment of the past decade. The college prep seminar “goes beyond nuts and bolts; it’s about character, it’s about whole-person development; it’s about giving them some experiences together and alone, which will allow them to really integrate well into the college community,” said Minorini. The investment is paying off: 100% of the group’s students begin college. And while only 66% of high school graduates stay in college, Boys Hope Girls Hope can boast an annual 84% to 94% retention rate.

In addition to the In Harmony with Hope award, Minorini was honored with a HOBY International Inspiration Award, presented at the Universal Studios Globe Theatre in 2008. And, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition selected Boys Hope Girls Hope for their season opener in September 2010. They built the Girls Hope home in Baltimore, Maryland.

[August 2011]