Archive for October, 2009

Oct 27 2009

Announcing our 2009 Emily C. Specchio Ambassadors!

The Emily C. Specchio Foundation is proud to announce the inaugural Emily C. Specchio Ambassadors. We started this program this year to encourage and support youth who have big ideas to make a positive impact on communities in need, whether it be local or international.

Our 2009 Ambassadors are:

  • Vincent Caldas
  • Timothy Mernar
  • Kevin Tolentino

All three ambassadors are seniors at St. Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City New Jersey

The winner project idea: “The Prep Micro-bank: A Student Driven Philanthropic Enterprise”

(excerpts from the winning proposal are below)

  • “Students from St. Peter’s Preparatory School in conjunction with our Campus Ministry plan to give funds in the form of no-interest loans so that recipients in impoverished nations can use the principal to begin a business that will contribute to growing a local economy and to get on their own two feet.”
  • “The [loan] recipients will be members of communities where Jesuit and Jersuit volunteers serve, for instance, Micronesia, Nigeria, and Ecuador. These no-interest loans will provide much needed principal for people to start their own enterprises and secure their own means of income, which they will then use to pay back the original loan. This will allow us to continue awarding these loans using only our primary investment.”


Vincent, Timothy, and Kevin will receive $1000 up-front from The Emily C. Specchio Foundation, and will additionally receive 2:1 matching funds (up to $5000 total) for speaking engagements designed to inspire youth to make a difference.

Follow their progress on this deserving project on their microfinance website!

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Oct 19 2009

Stay Tuned…

... the winners of our first ever Emily C. Specchio Ambassador award will be announced THIS WEEK! We will be posting the winning project idea along with the bios of the winners right here on our home page.

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Also of note:

  • SAVE THE DATE! The 4th Annual “A Night with an Angel” will be held on Monday May 3rd, 2010.
  • Check out our newly funded Kiva Entrepreneurs! We fund young women in their 20′s that are taking initiative to raise out of poverty around the world.
  • We are currently in the process of selecting this year’s Emily C. Specchio Memorial Scholarship recipients at Virginia Tech. We are pleased to report a very strong group of applicants again this year!
  • We have 2 new initiatives support mentorship in the pipelines. One will involve working with a Blacksburg Elementary School in which Emily once volunteered, and the other will involve sponsoring young women active in community service to attend a Women’s Leadership Conference.
  • Finally, a new scholarship will be added to our yearly support of youth making a difference. We have partnered up with the New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC) to fund an annual scholarship given to high school youth showing excellence in academics and community service.

We have been so busy this year adding new initiatives and supporting our established programs all in line with our mission of helping youth make a difference in the world.

Thank you for your continued support!!

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