Source: Knorr-Bremse Global Care North America announcement

ELYRIA, Ohio – Navigating the formative years after high school can be overwhelming for any young adult, let alone those from low-income households. And the challenge becomes exponentially harder when you’re the first generation of your family to attend college. Understanding those difficulties and building a bridge to rise above them are the reasons Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH) exists. The international organization is focused on helping young people in need break the cycle of poverty by guiding them through the pursuit of postsecondary education and the launch of their careers.

This year, BHGH’s Northeastern Ohio chapter received a boost in accomplishing these goals thanks to a $48,000 grant from Knorr-Bremse Global Care North America (KBGCNA), a foundation created by Knorr-Bremse, the Munich, Germany-based parent company of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC. Bendix, headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, near the Boys Hope Girls Hope campus in Garfield Heights, offers additional support to the organization.

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Boys Hope Girls Hope provides a range of programs for middle school, high school, and postsecondary students – all referred to as scholars. However, the organization is using its KBGCNA grant to enrich services especially for the students who graduated from high school this year and are pursuing postsecondary education in support of their careers.

“That is the fastest growing part of our programming because each year we have more high school seniors graduating and moving into their postsecondary life,” said Julie Griffiths, director of grants for BHGH of Northeastern Ohio.

To that end, Griffiths said a portion of the grant is helping BHGH to coach scholars about their options, whether those are four-year degrees, trade opportunities, or apprenticeships. The grant is also helping the organization to invest in additional residential property that can house some scholars while they’re pursuing postsecondary education.

Emphasis on Education

For Knorr-Bremse Global Care North America, meanwhile, the gift is advancing its strategic mission to promote both education and social engagement by supporting charitable organizations focusing on these areas in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. KBGCNA centers its investments in the local communities of Knorr-Bremse’s three North American companies: Bendix, Knorr Brake Company, and New York Air Brake.

KBGCNA is the North American arm of Knorr-Bremse’s global nonprofit philanthropic giving foundation, Knorr-Bremse Global Care. Bendix is the North American leader in the development and manufacture of active safety, air management, and braking solutions for commercial vehicles.

To view the entire announcement, click HERE.