A Chance In Life 2021 Annual Report

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2 8 OUR STORY 37 DONOR RECOGNITION 17 OUR PARTNERS Letter from the CEO and Chair of the Board The Vision of our Founder Our Story and Our Evolution Timeline Our Approach: Positive Youth Development Financials Our Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals Serving the North Shore of Staten Island Our Partners In Italy Our Partners in Ethiopia Our Partners in India Our Partners in Bolivia Our Partners in Colombia Our Partners in Guatemala Our Partners in Peru Our Partners in Mexico Our Partners in Uganda News & Media Donor Recognition Our Board and Team 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 37 38 TABLE OF CONTENTS 5 6 8 10 11 13 14 15 17
In 2021, together with our Partners, we have served vulnerable at-risk children and youth in 10 countries.
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Mexico Guatemala
Colombia Peru Bolivia Uganda Ethiopia India 3 Italy
3,875 2,155 1,720 $1.3M In 2021 we have provided 1.3 million dollars in grants, supporting 20 development projects in 10 countries. Together with our Partners, we have advanced 8 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). OUR IMPACT IN 2021 4

LETTER FROM THE CEO AND CHAIR OF THE BOARD

Dear Friends,

It is a privilege to have the opportu the supporters and friends of A Ch Annual Report on our organization 22 programming year Indeed, as w were able to accomplish since last theme for our organization was rec

For our children around the world, opportunity to reconnect with thei peers after a year of isolation. Ove Chance In Life worked diligently wi combat pandemic-associated learn provision of additional tutors and a also supported distance learning th distribution of digital devices to ou world And from our United States convened monthly partnership reg partners could reconnect with us a updates, best practices and emerg strategies enabled A Chance In Life 2,200 children in 10 countries last y

Here in New York, we reconnected to the vision of our founder, Monsignor

who said “wherever there are children suffering, we should be there to provide a chance in life And until the world is free of hungry and suffering children, we have no right to stop ” New York City’s Staten

community is home to some of the most marginalized children in the area – 33% of children live in poverty Inspired by our founder’s commitment to children, we opened the doors to our first US-based program – The Village – and reconnected with our own community, offering youth leadership, hunger relief, financial literacy training and more to thousands of deserving children

Lastly, 2021 enabled many of you – our generous benefactors – to reconnect with us and one another in-person for our galas and celebrations These essential fundraising events raise critical resources to support our work and are an important way to for us to connect to even more companies and individuals who are committed to uplifting the lives of marginalized youth through education and leadership training.

We use this letter and report on our activities to reconnect with you – our supporters, our advocates, and our friends. And we hope you will take the opportunity to reconnect with us: visit our program on Staten Island, attend a fundraising event, sign up for our newsletter to receive updates on our programs and most importantly be in touch! After a year of separation, we are even more grateful for that sustained connection. Insieme tutto è possibile… Together, anything is possible.

Grazie mille,

John Patrick Carroll-Abbing, Island
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THE VISION OF OUR FOUNDER

During World War II, conflict and crise intensified, food became scarce, living deteriorated and children were left or streets. Monsignor John Patrick Carro served the Vatican Diplomatic Service courageously began collecting provisi supplies for civilians living in areas de war. Seeing a community in need of he quickly organized evacuations and est and clinics for all of those in the comm

Eventually, the war came to an end, b devastation, and homelessness endur concerned with the plight of the thou orphans, Monsignor Carroll-Abbing so permission of Pope Pius XII to assist th the streets With the Pope's blessing, coordinated the Shoeshine Hotel in th abandoned and severely war-damage organized the “shoeshine boys,” local around Rome's Termini train station s make a few cents a day, to come insid and safe place to sleep

In addition to food and shelter, a desir purpose and self determination grew children. The children sought not only skill set, but also to cultivate a sense o build a sense of self-confidence.

The first Boys' Republic (La Repubblic established in Civitavecchia in 1945 a democratic community complete with elected officials, assemblies and cour Monsignor Carroll-Abbing helped esta of Italy (La Città dei Ragazzi) on the ou founded on the same model of self-go post-war period, Monsignor traveled t United States, organizing volunteer co money to expand his efforts

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By 1957, there were eight Boys' Towns, 40 nurseries and day schools for the children of working mothers and a Girls' Town at a villa on the outskirts of Rome For his efforts, Italy honored Monsignor Carroll-Abbing with the Silver Medal for Military Valor

Humanitarian organizations around the world recognized the Monsignor for his extraordinary work He was honored with the Foreign Press Association's World Humanitarian Award in 1985 In 1987, he became the third non-Italian Honorary Citizen of Rome, following U.S. Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Monsignor Carroll-Abbing was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1988. The Towns were visited by every American President from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George H.W. Bush, Pope John Paul I, Prince Charles and Princess Diana of Wales and many other world leaders and celebrities.

Monsignor Carroll-Abbing passed away in 2001 surrounded by his children in Rome. Through A Chance In Life his legacy lives on.

Youngsters can be amazing, courageous, lighthearted and dependable creatures if you just give them a purpose in life."
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- Monsignor Carroll-Abbing

OUR STORY AND OUR EVOLUTION

The mission of A Chance In Life began in 1945, in the aftermath of World War II Vast numbers of orphans and vulnerable children were left living on the streets of Italy, and Monsignor John Patrick Carroll-Abbing’s decision to dedicate himself to their wellbeing defined the course of his life’s work and founded what would become A Chance In Life

From their founding in 1945 the present day, Boys’ & Girls’ Republic of Italy (La Repubblica dei Ragazzi) and Boys’ & Girls’ Towns of Italy (La Città dei Ragazzi) have provided “a chance in life” to at-risk children children As Europe began to heal from the horrors of WWII, children from other countries experiencing conflict or strife fled to Italy seeking asylum and a chance for a better life

In 2015, after 70 years of serving at-risk youth in Rome, A Chance In Life began looking for ways to serve young people in need outside of Italy and advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted that year by all UN Member States Over the decades, many young men and women had come to our Towns from Ethiopia, fleeing civil unrest and years of famine

Our Towns in Italy became a home for children from over twenty different countries, many of them arriving unaccompanied as refugees and migrants.
Since then, our towns became a home for children from over 20 countries, many of them arriving unaccompanied as refugees and migrants.
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A Chance In Life’s Board made the decision to begin supporting programs in a rural region of Ethiopia to provide education and vocational training to 400 vulnerable youth Boys’ & Girls’ Towns of Ethiopia was founded in 2015, marking the beginning of A Chance In Life’s international expansion and our commitment to advancing the SDGs by providing care and opportunities to children wherever the need is greatest

Following the success of Boys’ & Girls’ Towns of Ethiopia, A Chance In Life partnered with local organizations in the southern state of Kerala, India to serve children whose families could not afford to send them to school Boys’ & Girls’ Towns of India has since expanded to serve children and families in the states of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, along with Kerala.

In 2018, A Chance In Life partnered with local organizations across Latin America to form Boys’ & Girls’ Towns of Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala and Peru for children in marginalized communities. Beginning in 2020, we added Uganda and Mexico to our list of international program partners.

In the summer of 2021, A Chance In Life opened the doors at its first US-based program - The Village for New York City, in the North Shore community of Staten Island. Many children in New York City experience gang activity, lack of access to education, substance use and domestic violence We believe we can give vulnerable young people here in our own community a safe and successful future through our new program, which draws its name - and its mission to serve vulnerable youth - from our original program, Il Villaggio at La Repubblica dei Ragazzi

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As we celebrate our legacy of the past 77 years, we reflect on A Chance In Life’s experience and vision meeting the ever-evolving needs of at-risk youth A Chance In Life’s proven approach of self-government has already given over 40,000 young people the chance to thrive and grow as leaders in their own communities Now, with the support of our donors, we continue to invest in our Partners and provide new initiatives for at-risk youth, continuing Monsignor Carroll-Abbing’s legacy of striving towards a day when every child in the world has “a chance in life.” 2018 9
new name of "A Chance In Life" to honor the vision of our founder and reflect our international expansion beyond Italy
America.

August 13, 1945

Monsignor Carroll-Abbing and Father Rivolta open The Boys' Republic in Civitavecchia to provide a chance in life to the orphans of World War II.

October 6, 1953

The first stone is placed at Boys' Town of Italy, a town run by children located on the outskirts of Rome.

June 4, 1951

The Certificate of Incorporation of a new American charitable agency called "Boys' Towns of Italy, Inc." is filed.

June 4, 1987

Monsignor is named an honorary citizen of Rome. He was the third non-Italian to receive this honor, following Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

July 9, 2001

Monsignor Carroll-Abbing passes away surrounded by his beloved "citizens" of Boys' and Girls' Towns of Italy.

January 15, 1957

A villa near Rome is donated by actress Linda Darnell and Girls' Towns of Italy opens its doors.

October 5, 2015

Our organization assumes the new name of "A Chance In Life" to honor the vision of our founder and reflect our international expansion.

June 12, 2018

Our board approves an expansion to Latin America where A Chance In Life will impact the lives of 1,500 kids.

February 11, 1988

Our visionary founder, Monsignor Carroll-Abbing, is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with at-risk children.

June 16, 2015

Boys' & Girls' Towns of Ethiopia is created to address the needs of children in one of the poorest countries in the world.

August 13, 2020

With special projects for youth in Mexico and Uganda, A Chance In Life arrives at its 75th Anniversary and serves children in nine different countries.

June 7, 2016

Boys' & Girls' Towns of India is founded, supporting almost 1,500 impoverished and orphaned children.

December 9, 2019

A delegation of donors travels to Rome to meet with Pope Francis, who spoke of Monsignor CarrolAbbing's legacy and thanked those who made our work supporting children possible.

August 24, 2021

A Chance In Life opens the doors to its first US-based program, The Village, located in New York City's Staten Island neighborhood.

OUR APPROACH: POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Self-government was the educational approach at the heart of A Chance In Life's origins, more than seventy-six years ago When Monsignor Carroll-Abbing served homeless children in Rome, he realized that children had become so accustomed to living on their own that they did not want to return to life controlled by authority figures. The challenges of keeping children in any kind of service organization inspired Monsignor to create a new way to relate to the young people – the model of self-government where children were made responsible for running the programs, with the supervision of adults.

Over the years, A Chance In Life has expanded to almost all continents, working in collaboration with an increasing number of local organizations in the poorest areas of the world A Chance In Life’s approach has evolved from self-government to Positive Youth Development (PYD), which continues to capture the vision of the founder PYD is a developmental process where organizations working with children and youth focus on fostering healthy and positive development PYD emphasizes that development involves mutually influential relations between individuals and their contexts

PYD’s framework focuses on Five C’s: Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character, and Caring/Compassion (Lerner, et al, 2005), to ultimately achieve a Sixth C: Contribution to self, family, community and to the institutions of a civil society

Lerner, R M et al (2005) ‘Positive Youth Development A View of the Issues’ , The Journal of Early Adolescence, 25(1), pp 10–

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

In 2018, A Chance In Life's board established the Scientific Committee, an advisory body whose members are chosen for their recognized expertise in the fields of science of education, administration of educational institutions, laws regarding minors, protection of children, scientific research and psychology. The Committee's purpose is to: (a) study, assess and evaluate programs and projects to provide recommendations on how to ensure their quality globally; their feasibility and sustainability; their impact on the beneficiaries; and their effectiveness; and (b) make recommendations to the Board of Directors on new programs, project proposals and partnership agreements

To achieve these objectives, the Scientific Committee is charged with performing activities related to improving grant management systems, policies and procedures The Scientific Committee is currently chaired by Prof Msgr Guy-Réal Thivierge, Secretary General of the Foundation Gravissimum Educationis.

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CONFIDENCE

84%

A Chance In Life received Platinum Seal (highest possible rating)

84% of funds directly support our programs for young people*

A Chance In Life received four stars (highest possible rating)

*84% of funds go to our programs, 7% of funds go to fundraising and 9% of funds go to general management.

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FINANCIALS

Our complete financial statements with the report of our independent auditors, Daszkowski, Tompkins, Weg & Carbonella CPA PC, are available upon request. Your contributions to A Chance In Life are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law

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OUR COMMITMENT TO THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

With the support of our donors and partners, A Chance In Life has increased the number of children we serve by approximately seventeen times over the past six years Building on the solid foundation of our work in Italy, we have expanded our work to support programs for at-risk youth in ten countries across five continents

WHERE WE WORK NUMBER OF BENEFICIARIES

The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030 As we began our international expansion in 2015, A Chance In Life sought out partners and programs that would advance these goals in an ambitious and effective way With our local partners in each country, we work to advance the below eight goals

GOAL 1

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

GOAL 3

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

GOAL 2

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

GOAL 4

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

GOAL 6

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

GOAL 7

GOAL 5 Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

GOAL 8

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

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I’ve always loved school, but obviously that privilege was taken away from us during the pandemic, so participating in a program where I learned useful skills was incredibly valuable to me. Attending the Village at A Change in Life was an important step in my personal and academic development. It gave me experience, but more importantly it gave me direction."

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New York City is one of the financial epicenters of the world with tremendous opportunity, but in Staten Island, known as the “forgotten borough” among residents, opportunity is limited Staten Island’s North Shore has a poverty rate greater than New York City as a whole and is home to the most marginalized and underserved youth in the city. Approximately 21% of residents live in poverty, and the rate is even higher among children, standing at 33%. Furthermore, among Black and Latinx residents, the poverty rate is around 28%. Among youth, 17% of individuals ages 1624 are disconnected from both school and employment Community Board 1 on Staten Island has a meal gap of over 4 million meals annually, as per Data2Go nyc, with 13% of residents reporting a lack of fruits and vegetables in their meals

In 2021 A Chance In Life opened the doors to its newest programming initiative - its first in the United States - to address the urgent unmet needs of our fellow New Yorkers. The Village for New York City, located on Staten Island’s North Shore and named after Il Villaggio at La Repubblica dei Ragazzi, leverages our more than 75 years of successful international programming, utilizes the assets and resources available in the community through existing community-based organizations, and harnesses the power of Positive Youth Development to provide holistic programming to youth and community members Through after school programming, leadership trainings, workshops, a weekly food pantry program, frequent events, holiday gatherings, volunteer opportunities and more, The Village is bringing a chance in life to New Yorkers in need.

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Refugee children are twice as likely as other children to be out of school. Our Partners provide academic tutoring and psychological support to help youth adjust to education systems in new countries.

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OUR PARTNERS

IN ITALY

Our roots are in Italy After 77 years, we continue working in collaboration with local organizations who empower immigrant children and youth Our Partners in Italy support youth to rebuild their lives, offering a caring environment with opportunities to learn and grow into responsible citizens

Our Partners provide a chance in life to children of all genders, many of whom have had experience with the juvenile justice system and for whom education and employment opportunities seem unattainable. We not only ensure their basic needs - food, housing and medical care - but support their pursuit of education and offer access to job training and placement. These opportunities enable our children to gain self-sufficiency and independence. Our Positive Youth Development approach, this instills in them the values of responsibility and confidence.

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Nearly 50% of Ethiopian girls who start school will drop out before finishing the fifth grade. Our Partners ensure that girls have the support they need to succeed in school.

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IN ETHIOPIA

Local organizations in the rural community of Emdibir and the city of Addis Ababa provide the most vulnerable children and youth with a chance in life Our Partner in Emdibir provides girls access to education by offering them housing near the local high school, leadership development training and supporting their journeys to university or trade schools Our Partner in Addis Ababa offers care and educational opportunities to orphaned and vulnerable children through financial support for school supplies, school fees, nutritious meals, safe housing and health care.

Ensuring access and retention in education to vulnerable boys and girls is a the main focus of our Partners.

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PERSPECTIVE FROM OUR PARTNERS

My favorite activities is the provision of school uniforms and educational materials every year This is the best moment in my whole life that I will never forget. Students in our school come from different economic backgrounds so when we came to school some of them had good quality school uniforms and educational materials and others from very poor families like me do not have the appropriate school uniform This difference can create social discrimination between the students and that can affect your school performance So receiving school materials and uniforms helps maintain my physiological strength to feel good and comfortable in school with others.”

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In 2016, India became home to over 30% of the world's children living in extreme poverty If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people would be lifted out of poverty Through vocational training and academic support, our Partners prepare children and youth for employment and college

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A Chance In Life has partnered with seven local organizations across India in 2021, to provide support for children who would otherwise be unable to access education, healthcare and nutrition. Our Partners have been working for decades with children and young people from rural and tribal communities in the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat. Families in these communities live in extreme poverty and lack access to basic resources including clean water, sufficient food and access to education. Poverty forces these families to relinquish care of their children. Thankfully, our Partners ensure the children have the resources they need and the opportunity to attend school and complete their education.

Through the support of our donors, A Chance In Life provided these seven organizations with financial resources to offer children a safe environment, access to education and opportunities to learn skills and develop as self-confident and responsible members of their community This year we also focused on helping young people in rural areas access remote learning during the COVID-19 lockdowns We provided students with cell phones and academic support to help them keep up with their schoolwork

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motivate the children by giving them regular chances to mingle with former students who have graduated and become successful and productive members of society like nurses, engineers, teachers, office workers, farmers, computer operators, religious, social workers etc."
Town Pala, India

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Nearly 1 out of every 3 Bolivian children work, which makes access to education difficult and leaves them vulnerable to exploitation. Our Partner offers working young people academic support and opportunities to access vocational training and university studies.

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In 2018, A Chance In Life expanded to Latin America and incorporated a number of local organizations as Partners In Cochabamba, Bolivia, we partner with a local organization that accompanies children and youth who are engaged in labor work and at risk of dropping out of school At the drop-in center, children and young adults receive academic support, supplemental scholarships for vocational training and personal development through leadership workshops The Center also provides family outreach programs to parents to promote the importance of education for their children because in Bolivia children may legally begin working at the age of ten

In addition, our Partner program provides the youth of Cochabamba with a safe and supportive community. In 2021, all children and young people in Bolivia were attending school in a hybrid model of in person classes and remote learning. With the generous support of our donors, A Chance In Life purchased cell phones and internet credit for families who would otherwise have no way for their children to attend their online lessons. This Center has developed a wide network of volunteers to provide academic support to children during the COVID-19 lockdowns. A Chance In Life also provided emergency food supplies throughout the pandemic to the children and families in Cochabamba

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work as educators with each boy and girl is to be with them and to motivate them in their own personal development process."
Coordinator of Brother Manolo Center

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As of 2015, one in every five women in Colombia between 15 to 19 years of age was or had been pregnant. If all women completed secondary education, the pregnancy rate in this demographic could fall by as much as 59%.

Through vocational training and academic support, our Partners offer young girls access to education and skills for career advancement.

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OUR PARTNERS IN COLOMBIA

Since 2018, A Chance In Life supports local organizations in Colombia These are organizations serving for decades the most vulnerable children in the cities of Buenaventura, Cucuta and Medellin The children and youth supported by these organizations come from families living below the poverty line, who are unable to provide basic needs such as nutrition, schooling, clothing, and protection Furthermore, children are displaced by violence, human trafficking, and unrest across the country Our Partner organizations in Colombia offer children and youth access to an education as well as workshops in art and athletics. Thanks to our Partners and our support, children and young people live in a safe environment in which they can learn and grow into successful and responsible adults. Children and youth receive quality education and technical training that provides them with employable skills. As part of their education, our Partners empower them to develop their full professional potential to address the demands of society creatively and effectively. All children and young people returned to the programs after several months at home during COVID-19 lockdowns. Like in Bolivia, A Chance In Life provided devices to access distance learning and distributed emergency food supplies throughout the pandemic

PERSPECTIVE FROM OUR PARTNERS

My biggest strength working with girls and adolescents is having empathy through effective communication, attentive and active listening, the planning of peaceful and calming activities designed with the girls’ abilities in mind and that diminish the sense of instability the girls have come to experience based on their family lives.

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Hogar de la Niña Veracruz, Bogotá, Colombia
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Guatemala has some of the highest rates of child malnutrition in the world. Over 1 million children under the age of five suffer from chronic malnutrition or growth stunting. Our Partners provide nutritious meals to our young people to ensure they grow up healthy and have the energy to learn and play.

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Young people in Guatemala, particularly those from rural backgrounds, face a host of obstacles to complete school and build their own future A Chance In Life works to remove those barriers and provide every child with the resources they need to succeed Since 2018, we partnered with two local organizations serving the most vulnerable children in Guatemala Our partners serve 161 boys and girls who come from indigenous families of the most impoverished rural areas of Guatemala. Our Partners offer access to quality elementary and high school education and vocational training courses in baking, electricity, carpentry, welding among others so they can build careers in Guatemala and continue with further education.

The negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were particularly severe in Guatemala. For many families facing unemployment throughout the pandemic, it was too difficult to adequately feed their children During the hardest times of lockdown, A Chance In Life and our Partners provided the families with emergency food supplies Boys and girls in our Partner programs participated in distance learning for over two years, and we continued to offer vocational training courses in person In early 2021, all boys and girls were able to return to our programs

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Three out of every five Peruvian children live in poverty, with one in every five living in extreme poverty. For every additional year that a child attends school, their earning potential increases by an average of 10%. Our Partners in Peru provide young people from poor communities with the resources and support to stay in school.

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In 2021, A Chance In Life partnered with one local organization in Peru. This organization serves 260 children living in an informal desert settlement outside the city of Nuevo Chimbote on the northern coast of Peru. Since 2020 and throughout 2021, all children in Peru were unable to attend in-person learning due to extreme measures imposed by the government after the outbreak of COVID-19 For the families of Nuevo Horizonte, meeting the basic needs of their children was a challenge before the pandemic The lockdown exacerbated these struggles, unemployment soared and families the necessary tools for their children to participate in online learning

A Chance In Life offered financial support for the local organization to purchase devices and cover the cost of internet connection to facilitate remote learning In addition, our Partner’s staff followed up with all families, tutoring children, printing school materials and offering educational coaching A Chance In Life also also enabled our Partner to distribute food supplies to the families. Despite the restrictions, the connection between the families and the program staff strengthened.

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Food access remains a primary concern in rural households in lower- and middle-income countries. When it comes to the most vulnerable groups, indigenous communities are disproportionally represented. Our Partner organization works with Tarahumara children in Chihuahua, Mexico, to improve nutritional outcomes and offer access to other basic services.

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The state of Chihuahua in Mexico deals with extreme crime rates and high poverty levels, affecting residents The indigenous Tarahumara and Tepehuan communities are extremely vulnerable, as additional human and environmental threats jeopardize their way of life. Our Partner in Mexico is a nonprofit organization that serves 40 Tarahumara and Tepehuan boys, who come from remote areas in the mountains (la Sierra). The boys come from families living in extreme poverty and lack a secure source of nutrition.

Given the scarcity of clean, reliable food sources, many of the children come to the program with significant medical needs stemming from malnutrition and other food borne illnesses; connecting children to medical care and vaccinations is essential to our work In the program the boys receive access to education, lodging, clothing, psychological care, nutritious meals, and technical skill workshops Beyond covering students’ basic needs, our Partner supports local families by cultivating parenting skills and offering other educational and supplemental workshops These resources help local families care for their children effectively and avoid regional crime

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High population growth rates negatively affect living standards, create urban slums, and limit access to jobs and loans for development. Our Partner in Uganda mitigates these problems by offering specific skills training for young women.

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Since 2019, A Chance In Life provides financial support to a local Community-Based organization located in Kampala. This organization serves young mothers, teaching them new skills to generate a stable source of income. Our Partner organization provides technical training in hair dressing, makeup artistry, pedicures, and manicures to young mothers who were unable to complete their formal education. These skills, in high demand, help the women find employment to cover their basic needs. Our Partner organization in Uganda also provides young mothers a network of support and the opportunity to collaborate on and workshop their business plans with other women In 2021, our Partner reached over 300 young women in the surrounding village of Wamala, teaching them how to make liquid hand soap, shampoo, and hair conditioner Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these entrepreneurships were highly effective and necessary Some women started new jobs, others created their own businesses and a number provided technical support, tutoring other young women to learn new skills

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DONOR RECOGNITION THANK YOU!

Thank you to the corporate, foundation and institutional partners who have made financial contributions to advance our work The following list captures these donors for the period

January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021

Accenture

Allied Beverage Group Aperia Solutions, Inc Artisan Council Axispoint Bacardi Badger Liquor Bank of America N ,A Charles Delmar Foundation Beverage Media Group Bouvery CV

Breakthru Beverage Group Brescome Barton Inc

Broken Shed USA LLC

Charity on Top Foundation, Inc

Clarence J Venne Foundation Trust

ClearVision Optical Cognizant US Corp Collabera

Connie Profaci Realty LLC

Connors & Sullivan PLLC

Constellation Brands, Inc Dell EMC

Distilled Spirits Council

Dome Construction

Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation

Empire Merchants

Estate of Emil Severino Fedway Associates

Fiserv

Flex Employee Services LLC

Frank Liquor Company Inc.

Gallo Wine Sales of New Jersey

Great Lakes Wine & Spirits Healthplex

Henegan Construction Co , Inc IBM Kepler Cannon

Martignetti Companies

Mast Jagermeister US

Metropolitan Package Store Association

Microsoft Northshire Booksellers, LLC Nozzle Works Inc

Opici Family Distributing Orion Innovation Pacific Coast Charities Palm Bay International Pierson Family Foundation, Inc Pinnacle Production Group RBC

RenaissanceRe

Republic National Distributing Co

Rhode Island Distributing Company, LLC

Richmond County Savings Foundation Ring Central

Ruby Wines, Inc

Saturno Foundation

SEBA International SGWS Charitable Fund

Sigma Computing Snakorpio Group Inc.

Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits New York

Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits of Nevada Taub Family Foundation

Teamsters Local Union 769 Thalia N and Chris M Carlos Foundation

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere

The National Retail Federation

The Ravi Chopra Foundation, Inc Tiro A Segno Foundation Varde Partners

Verizon Business Group VMWare Wall and Ceiling Alliance Winebow

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OUR BOARD AND TEAM

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Robert Iommazzo

Chairman Managing Director, ZRG Partners

Mauro C Romita Vice Chair

Stephen Bellini Treasurer President, Broken Shed Vodka, LLC

Jeanine T Margiano Secretary Partner, Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP

Gabriele Delmonaco President & CEO, A Chance In Life

Kate Bullis

Managing Director, ZRG Partners

Eugene B. Ceccotti President and CEO, Shamrock Materials

Guy Chiarello COO, Fiserv, Inc

Phil Guarnieri CEO, Empire State Bank

Herman Hochberg

Lawrence Nibbi CEO, Nibbi Brothers General Contractors

Gabriele Pera Piscopo

Emilie Puzio

TEAM MEMBERS

Gabriele Delmonaco President & CEO

Claire W Gallagher Vice President, Development & Communications

Elser Llanos Vice President, Programs

Guadalupe Aguirre Building Manager, The Village

Jaqueline Arenales Executive Assistant & Program Coordinator

Clara Chahwan Director of Operations

Loziana Vejuka Office Manager

Claire Walton Communications & Development Manager

Caroline Ziccardi Director, Donor Relations

Realtor Associate, D’Amico & McConnell Realtors – Spring Lake, NJ

Srii Srinivasan CEO, Chargeback Gurus

Tim Tynan Former CEO, Bank of America Merchant Services

Roy Van Pelt Consultant, Lathrop Construction

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THANK YOU!

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Special thanks to all our donors, supporters and to our many incredible volunteers who helped make our annual events and outreach efforts so successful.

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A Chance In Life

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Phone: +1 212-980-8770

The Village

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Phone: +1 718-749-0909

Email: office@achanceinlife org Fax: +1 646-863-9985

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, formerly known as Boys' Towns of Italy, Inc.

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