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...

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...

The Boys and Girls Towns of Italy (BGTI) hosted a fundraiser this past weekend in San Francisco for an organization that is testament to Italy's real impact in the sphere of philanthropy. This remarkable nonprofit takes in refugee youth who have fled their homeland due to violence and extreme poverty and finds them secure, nurturing environments th...

Subito dopo la seconda guerra mondiale l'Italia era un Paese in grande difficoltà. Sollevati per aver lasciato alle spalle un terribile periodo, ma con una difficile ricostruzione davanti a loro, gli italiani contavano molte sacche di povertà e di grande disagio. Un Monsignore di origini irlandesi, Giovanni Patrizio Carroll-Abbing, prese l'iniziati...

Boys' & Girls' Towns of Italy (BGTI), a nonprofit that empowers war refugee, migrant, and at-risk youth living on the streets, is excited to announce that it raised $422,000 at its Ball of the Year on Saturday, May 4 at The Westin Hotel St. Francis in San Francisco. BGTI honored Rick J. Martellaro, President of Lathrop Construction Associates I...