About Boys Hope Girls Hope of Kansas City

One of 16 affiliates across the United States and Latin America, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Kansas City 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. Boys Hope Girls Hope of Kansas City 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 of Kansas City 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.

"Not only has Boys Hope Girls Hope guided me in becoming a holistic person, its primary focus, but it also gave me the tools to disseminate that knowledge to future generations.”

Trey Randle, Alumnus & First Collegian Graduate

Our Mission

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Kansas City helps academically capable and motivated boys in need to meet their full potential and become men for others by providing a value-centered, family-like home, opportunities and education through college.

Our Vision

Our vision is for scholars to 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 2006, BHGH of KC has been helping scholars rise up from disadvantaged backgrounds and strive for more. BHGH of KC serves youth who want to go to college and create successful futures for themselves. BHGH of KC 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 KC History

Plans for the Kansas City affiliate began as early as 2000 when founders began to determine the viability of a BHGH program for the metropolitan area, including Jackson, Wyandotte and Johnson counties in Missouri and Kansas. Determining the need was easy. Finding a location for our home was more challenging, but Hope persevered and the community rallied to provide the land, architect, builder and construction teams to raise our home in south Kansas City, Missouri. The BHGH of Kansas City home, licensed for up to 10 boys, opened in 2006.










BHGH of KC Founded

Kansas City Founders met to determine the viability to replicate the BHGH program in Kansas City and began to raise funds to support a boys’ residence.


First Scholars Moved In

BHGH of KC opened its purpose-built home in Kansas City, which is licensed for up to ten scholars.


BHGH of KC’s Board makes a recommitment to the program, hiring a new team and renewing the organization’s commitment to our scholars and their families.


The BHGH of KC Founder’s Circle was created to honor extraordinary visionaries and their impact on the mission.


10th Anniversary

BHGH of KC celebrated it’s 10th anniversary of serving scholars in a year-round, round-the-clock residential environment.


BHGH of KC piloted the expansion of the program to include two non-residential scholars in need. Also this year, BHGH began a partnership with Lutheran High School of Kansas City.


First College Graduate

Trey Randle, BHGH of KC’s first college graduate, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Multimedia Journalism from Northwest Missouri State University.


BHGH Celebrates 40th Anniversary!

Happy 40th Boys Hope Girls Hope!


The Boys Hope Girls Hope of Kansas City 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.

Daniel C. Hogan

President, Board of Directors

Karolyn Dreiling

Executive Director

Amos Johnson III

Program Director


Daniel C. Hogan, President
Vice President
Lockton Companies

Melissa Hendricks, Secretary
Vice President of Marketing Strategy

Paul Damon, Treasurer
Vice President
Lockton Companies

Hassan Al-Rubaie
Public Safety Communications
Mid-America Regional Counsil

Rasool Ahmed
President / Owner & Director of Sales
ICG Global

Robert Behner
Vice President Business Development
Mohajir Energy Advisors

Jeanie Brewster

Marianne Damon
Real Estate Agent
ReMax Realty

Daniel Dooley

Matthew Goehausen
Business Intelliegence
Optiv Security

Gregory Harkness
Rockhurst High School

Kerry Scanlon
Senior Vice President
Platform Ventures

Jake Reid
Sporting Kansas City

Christopher Schnieders
Wagstaff & Cartmell

Brian Weiford, MD
Mid-America Cardiology at KU

David Youngstrom
Vice President Commercial Banking

Karolyn Dreiling,Executive Director
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Kansas City

Kristin Ostby de Barillas, President & CEO
Boys Hope Girls Hope International

The BHGH of KC Founder's Circle

The Boys Hope Girls Hope of Kansas City Founder's Circle celebrates the legacy and impact of our first extraordinary visionaries—exemplary men and women for others—whose generosity, determination and philanthropic support have sustained the vital work of our affiliate on behalf of bright, capable children in need within the Kansas City community.

Each year, the BHGH of KC's Founder's Circle and Board of Directors select honorees to be inducted into this distinguished group at the Circle of Hope Benefit Breakfast.

Class of 2013

Michael J. Callahan
Don Knopke
Richard W. Miller
Jerome Reardon
Gino Serra
Tim Trabon
Mark Thompson
Jay Waldenmeyer

Class of 2014

Rev. Terrence A. Baum, SJ
Rev. Don Farnan
Rev. Thomas A. Pesci, SJ
Jennifer Scanlon-Smith

Class of 2015

Marianne Damon
David Knopke
The McGilley Family
James McGilley
Mark McGilley

Class of 2016

Mel Mallin

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.

Invest in the success of our scholars!