March 10, 2006
Summerbridge Breakthrough Alumni Network
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Dear SBAN Family,
The success of SBAN relies on the talents, experiences and spirit of our alumni volunteers.  As our community continues to grow, we are looking for dedicated volunteers to support our efforts.  We are reaching out to you today to share these exciting opportunities and to encourage you to take an active part in SBAN.  We hope to hear from you soon! 
Click here for a complete list of volunteer opportunities available now!


Alumni Update - Helen O'Reilly (SB at the Town School Teacher, 2001)  
Hello SBAN,
I recently received a fellowship to work on juvenile justice reform in the Philippines - the Luce Scholars fellowshipI will learn next month where the foundation will place me for the grant period of September 2006 to July 2007. This summer, the foundation will offer me an opportunity to study the language of the country where I will be assigned. I currently work at Advocates for Children with children involved in the juvenile justice system. I hope to live in the Philippines and work with children in conflict in the law who are vulnerable to abuse. Children in conflict with the law are often from marginalized groups including orphans, street children, drug users, and those with interrupted education or little family support. These children are often treated as adults, yet do not have the rights or protections afforded adults or children. They are very vulnerable to exploitation, assault, and long periods of detention without due process. They often do not have access to legal counsel. With the Luce, I hope to help address the shockingly large discrepancy between youth justice systems on paper and in practice.
The Luce Scholars Program provides stipends and internships for eighteen young Americans to live and work in Asia each year. Dating from 1974, the program's purpose is to increase awareness of Asia among future leaders in American society. Candidates must have no prior experience with Asia. Nationwide, 65 colleges and universities are eligible to nominate Luce candidates. Winners are chosen for highest academic achievement and outstanding leadership ability.
If you would like to send an alumni update on yourself or another member, please email the update to

A Special Opportunity For SBAN Members 

Dear Fellow SB Alumni,

Like so many of you, I grew up in Summerbridge.  I started teaching when I was 15, started directing was I was 20, and helped to launch SBAN when I was 33.  Summerbridge taught me the skills I use today in how to run non-profits. 

I am proud to announce that City Year Rhode Island, the organization I now run, is launching its Social Entrepreneur Fellowship for college-age youth leaders who want to run or start their own non-profit organization.  Applications are due April 15, 2006.   

Many young leaders want to start or run a non-profit organization, including a Summerbridge or Breakthrough site, and they bring passion, commitment, work ethic, and confidence to the task.   However, these qualities are not enough.  These leaders also need sales and management skills, a professional network, a compelling business plan, and access to startup capital.

To provide young entrepreneurs the resources they need to succeed, City Year Rhode Island will offer four talented leaders its prestigious Social Entrepreneur Fellowship, beginning in July 2006.  These leaders will:

  • receive over 250 hours of intensive training per year over two years in leadership development, including persuasive communication, management of a diverse team, community assessment, and high-performance execution
  • develop a personal leadership plan based on self-assessment tools
  • practice leadership skills by leading a team of corps members
  • build a professional network of political, business, and community leaders
  • develop a business plan with the help of expert coaching
  • leverage the City Year network to develop a strong board
  • develop business experience during a four-week internship at a leading national company between the first and second year
  • receive up to $9,450 in educational awards, $4725 in additional awards, a stipend, health benefits, as well as low-cost housing.

Click on Social Entrepreneur Fellowship for more information about City Year, or go to our website at  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact John Crews at or 401 454-3732.

Best regards,
Michael Goldstein
Michael Goldstein
Executive Director
City Year Rhode Island
77 Eddy St.
ProvidenceRI 02903

Opportunities Of The Week
To view a detailed of the following positions please log in to the SBAN Database and see the Job Forum in the Bulletin Board

Advocates For Children
Development Associate
New York, NY
Breakthrough New York at the Town School
Public Relations and Special Events Intern
New York, NY
Fleishman Civil Society Fellows Program
Duke University, NC
Peace Games
Chief Operating Officer
Boston, MA
Summerbridge Of Greater Philadelphia
Greater Philadelphia, PA
Announcements And Reminders

A Special Opportunity for SBAN Members

City Year

To provide young entrepreneurs the resources they need to succeed, City Year Rhode Island will offer four talented leaders its prestigious Social Entrepreneur Fellowship, beginning in July 2006. 

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