Changing Lives on Staten Island
A Chance In Life began in the aftermath of World War II. The organization is now working on Staten Island.
Our guest this week is in the business of helping at-risk kids get on more stable ground.
Gabriele Delmonaco is President and Executive Director of A Chance In Life. The international nonprofit provides shelter, food and education to nearly 4,000 homeless, vulnerable and refugee youth in nine countries. They recently opened a facility in the North Shore of Staten Island where 1 out of every 3 kids lives in poverty -- that's twice the national rate. Nearly 20% of the area’s young people are disconnected from school and employment.
At A Chance In Life, young people ages 12-24 take part in programs that offer tutoring, financial literacy, mental health counseling, leadership development and more.