A Chance In Life will be participating in #GivingTuesday this year on November 29 to spread the word about our mission and newly inaugurated sponsorship program. Since 1945, we have been providing at-risk youth the chance to grow into caring and creative members of their communities through self-government. On #GivingTuesday we will share the 70-year-old story of our organization through our social media platforms and, we hope, inspire 50 people to sponsor a child from one of our programs.

A Chance In Life (also known as Boys’ & Girls’ Towns of Italy) was founded seventy years ago by an Irish priest determined to care for the thousands of children left orphaned in Rome by WWII. The children were given food, shelter, and the opportunity to run their own towns through a unique approach of self-government. Our founder’s experiment in self-government has endured and evolved over the decades to meet each generation of children’s greatest needs. Once a community of Italian war orphans, these towns in Italy have been a home to thousands of young refugees and unaccompanied minors from over 20 different countries.

This past year, our family of Towns has expanded to Ethiopia and India, where they serve poor and disabled youth.