About Esperanza Juvenil

Esperanza Juvenil (Boys Hope Girls Hope Guatemala) helps academically motivated children and youth rise above disadvantaged backgrounds and become successful in college and beyond.

Our goal is to develop young people who are physically, emotionally and academically prepared for post-secondary education and a productive life, breaking the cycle of poverty.

Esperanza Juvenil 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

Esperanza Juvenil 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 am very happy because I can prepare myself for a better future and continue my efforts to change the conditions of my family. What God and Esperanza Juvenil have given me, no one can take away.”

Juan Manuel, college student

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 1992, Esperanza Juvenil has been helping scholars rise up from disadvantaged backgrounds and strive for more. Esperanza Juvenil serves children and 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.

Esperanza Juvenil History










Esperanza Juvenil Founded

Esperanza Juvenil was established in Guatemala City in 1992.


Opened 4th House

We opened our 4th house to help 12 new girls.


Opened Elementary School

The Esperanza Juvenil Elementary School opened in January of 2008.


Opened Middle School

The Esperanza Juvenil Middle School opened in January of 2010.


First college Graduate

Rodolfo, first college graduate of Esperanza Juvenil.


Our growth

In 2018 we supported 172 students in 8 residential homes and 6 young people were graduated from college.


Second Site Inauguration

We inaugurate the second campus and open a high school in January 2019.

Our 10th College graduate.


First Senior Prom

Our first senior class at Esperanza Juvenil School.


The Esperanza Juvenil 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.

Rosa María Gramajo, President
Corporación AICSA

Ernesto Ruiz,
Corporación AICSA

Peter Klose,
Cía. Holandesa de Comercio

Mauricio Nanne,

Daniel Villatoro,
Banco Agromercantil

Ramiro Bolaños,
Improvement & Progress

Antonio Cristiani,
CorpoAgro del Pacífico,

Luis Pablo Cobar,

María Luisa Perezalonso,

Maritza Ochoa,
MO Consultores

Enrique Lemus,
GSP, Corp

Kristin Ostby,
Boys Hope Girls Hope

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.

  • 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).
  • 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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