Meet one of our amazing Summer Interns! Andrew, a senior at Rutgers University, has a special connection to A Chance In Life. His great uncle, Brother D'Adamo served as President of our organization after our founder Monsignor Carroll-Abbing passed away in 2001. Andrew grew up hearing stories about Boys' & Girls' Towns, and this summer he spent time in A Chance In Life's office in NYC helping our team expand the mission he heard so much about as a child. Andrew, like many of our donors, is a third generation supporter. Read more about Andrew and his experience at A Chance In Life below!
Name: Andrew Downey
Where are you from? West Caldwell, NJ
Pick any 5 words to best describe yourself: Focused, adaptable, musical, happy, tenacious.
Tell us about your connection to A Chance In Life: My connection to A Chance In Life is through my late great uncle, Brother Anthony D'Adamo.
Use 3 words to describe life in the office of A Chance In Life: Up-beat, comfortable, and fun.
What do you value most in the world? What I value most in the world is a good attitude. With a good attitude towards anything in your daily life you will always accomplish more and grow as a person.
What’s coming up this month that you are most excited about? This upcoming month I will be traveling to both England and Italy. This will be my first time in Italy and I am excited to learn more about the culture and practice the language.
How has your summer at A Chance In Life influenced your perspective on how we can tackle the issues facing at-risk youth today? The concept of self-government practiced in Italy, India, and Ethiopia has changed my perspective on tackling the issue. I come from another non-profit that donates items to at-risk youth in Nicaragua. Self-government builds on this idea of giving young people the tools to grow into well rounded adults by giving them the to opportunity to be leaders and important members in their communities.