Holzman hosts Boys’ Towns of Italy delegation at UX

(front l. to r.) Carrie Sackett, Dr. Porfirio Grazioli, Lois Holzman; (rear) Francesco Bassano, Carol Marcoccia

Lois Holzman, chair of Global Outreach Department at UX (the All Stars Project’s university-style development program), welcomed Dr. Porfirio Grazioli, President of the Rome-based Boys’ Towns of Italy, alumni Francesco Bassano and Carol Marcoccia, and U.S. Executive Director Carrie Sackett, on Saturday, Dec. 3, for a presentation and conversation with the UX community.

Founded in post-World War II Italy by Monsignor John Patrick Carroll-Abbing as a center for orphaned youths, the organization has since become a home base for young refugees from Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.  The campus-based community is run by the young people, who are given the responsibilities of self-governance — playing the roles of Mayor, Judge, Banker, Police Chief, et al.

In discussing the educational approach, Dr. Grazioli commented:

Monsignor’s genius was to relate to young people as if they knew how to do something — and in that process, they discover that they can…We’ve created a community where everyone gives what they have to give…

The challenge of education is to allow kids to make mistakes and then be there for them when they do….[at Boys’ and Girls’ Town] our name for that is ‘assistant’….I stand next to and beside someone in need.


About Janet Wootten

Janet Wootten is a media and public relations professional, a member of the Institute’s Board of Directors and a leader of its annual community fundraising campaign.
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