Have you ever heard the saying “all roads lead to Rome”? This phrase refers to the road system of the Roman Empire in which Rome was positioned in the center with every road departing from it. In all, the Romans built 50,000 miles of hard-surfaced highway that spanned three continents. The first of the great Roman roads, the Via Appia (Appian Way),...

A Chance In Life is excited to announce our 2019 New York Annual Gala Honoree: Guy Chiarello, President of First Data. We are so grateful to celebrate Mr. Chiarello as our 2019 Man of the Year, and hope you will join us in honoring him on April 30, 2019 at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York City. A renowned global leader in finance and commerce, Guy...

Nino, a shoeshine boy wandering in the streets of Rome, reacted with scorn when Monsignor Carroll-Abbing suggested that he knew of an institution where the youngster could learn a trade. Nino looked him up and down and said, “Who, me? Go into an institution? Marching all day in line? Not me! I can come and go as I please, and look … I’ve got a pock...

Do you know who Michelangelo was? I am sure your first thought will go to the famous artist of the Italian Renaissance born in 1475, much-admired for the "David" and "Pietà" statues and the ceiling paintings of Rome's Sistine Chapel. But the Michelangelo I am referring to is somehow even more important … at least for us.He was an orphaned and homel...

On April 4th, A Chance In Life, formerly known as the Boys’ & Girls’ Towns of Italywill host its annual New York Annual Gala at The Pierre Hotel, benefitting refugee, migrant, and at-risk youth. The night will honor Frank Bisignano, CEO of First Data Corporation, who will receive the "Michelangelo D'Oro Award". The night of music and dancing will s...

WE ARE RAISING $25,000 FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS AND ACTIVITIES: DonateThe holidays are a special time for family gatherings. Yet many of our youth do not have a mother, father or siblings to celebrate with. This is especially true for our newest citizens, four Eritrean boys who survived October's tragic shipwrecks off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy...

BGTI is celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Boys' Town on Sunday, October 6. The weekend-long festivities include speeches by President Emeritus of the Italian Supreme Court Giovanni Maria Flick, award-winning journalist Eraldo Affinati, and founder Monsignor Carroll-Abbing's first assistant Eloise Festa.   Many BGTI donors are attending alo...

Boys' & Girls' Towns of Italy (BGTI), a nonprofit that empowers war refugee, migrant and at-risk youth living on the streets, announced the honoree of its Ball of the Year to be held on Saturday, April 26 at The Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. BGTI will present the Man of the Year Award to Tom Albanese, Director of Business Developme...

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Gabriele Delmonaco as President/Executive Director of Boys' & Girls' Towns of Italy. "For 70 years, the innovative self-government approach has offered thousands of boys and girls a 'chance in life.'   I am honored to become part of the wonderful mission of BGTI and to build on the amazin...

The April episode of "Victoria's Stars," the cable TV program hosted by Victoria Schneps, the co-publisher of The Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator, spotlights what Schneps calls "a good mix of the Italian world." During this episode, which will air on April 11 at 5 p.m., Schneps interviews three leaders of widely different New York City Italia...