About Boys Hope Girls Hope
of San Francisco

One of 16 affiliates across the United States and Latin America, Boys Hope Girls Hope of San Francisco helps academically motivated high school students rise above disadvantaged backgrounds and become college-educated, career-ready, community-minded leaders.

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 San Francisco utilizes 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.

"Ever since I joined Hope Academy, my social skills and networking skills have improved.”


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 2000, Boys Hope Girls Hope of San Francisco has been helping scholars rise up from disadvantaged backgrounds and strive for more. Boys Hope Girls Hope of San Francisco serves youth who want to go to college and create successful futures for themselves. Scholars have joined the program to receive support on their journey to college and beyond. They seek the academic resources, extracurricular opportunities, and mentor relationships Boys Hope Girls Hope provides.

BHGH of San Francisco History

Boys Hope Girls Hope of San Francisco Bay Area, an affiliate of Boys Hope Girls Hope International follows the Boys Hope Girls Hope model while operating as a separate 501(c)(3) organization. As such, Boys Hope Girls Hope of San Francisco is responsible for its own fundraising, program management, and community outreach. Boys Hope Girls Hope of San Francisco Bay Area is governed by a Board of Directors that reflects the social, cultural and spiritual diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area.



Boys Hope Girls Hope of San Francisco Established


Began Serving Girls

After ten years of serving boys, Boys Hope Girls Hope Of San Francisco was thrilled to add girls as scholars.


Academy Opening

Boys Hope Girls Hope’s first Academy program served a cohort of 10 girls.


First girl to go to college 

Our first female collegian received a full ride scholarship and later graduated from Vassar in 2016.


First College Graduate 


The Boys Hope Girls Hope of San Francisco 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.

Anjana Utarid

Executive Director

Dennis Bradley

Board Chair

Perry lm

Director of Programs, BHGHSF & Alumni Engagement Specialist, BHGH Network

Kevin Ugalde

Scholar Success Manager

Rayburn Tang

Scholar Support Specialist



Dennis Bradley
Director, Digital Marketing Analytics
Charles Schwab


Amanda Carboni
Director of HR & Operations

Linda Chandler
Senior Vice President, Information Technology Group
Bank of the West

Mike Cunningham
Product Strategy

Kassie Davey
Client Services Executive
Cisco Systems

Holly Lind
Area Vice President
World Wide Technology

Nancy Norris
Digital Marketing & Product Strategy Consultant

Kristin Ostby de Barillas
President and CEO
Boys Hope Girls Hope

Joshua Wykes
Managing Director
Deloitte & Touche, LLP

Blake Yeaman
Yeaman LLC


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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