Universal Youth Foundation

Universal Youth Foundation

July 14, 2005 07:00 ET


SPIRIT OF LIVE8 IN ACTION: CHARITY TO FUND NEW SCHOOLS WORLDWIDE Attention: Assignment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Sports Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO/ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - July 14, 2005) - As the echoes of the successful Live8 concerts reverberate worldwide, a new Canadian organization will take on the challenge of children and youth who do not have access to an education in Africa and in developing countries around the world. Today, the Universal Youth Foundation, a nationally registered not-for-profit organization, was officially launched.


"The Universal Youth Foundation is committed to providing educational assistance to children and youth in need throughout the world by funding schools and teachers with the goal of creating and inspiring a new generation of leaders. We have a dedicated team of experienced individuals with backgrounds in education, law, international development, media, communications, security, business, politics and youth who have come together to provide hope through education. The Foundation will ensure that help is provided to those who need it most," stated Mario Cortellucci, O., Ont., Founder and Chairman, Universal Youth Foundation.

Mr. Cortellucci founded the UYF in response to public concerns, currently the focus of media attention, that too many charitable donations either never make it to their intended destinations or are directed to administrative costs, rather than to those individuals who need it most. The Universal Youth Foundation wants to reverse this trend by ensuring all monies raised will go directly to educational assistance and administrative costs are kept to a goal of below 10%. This goal will be monitored by UYF directors such as Treasurer, Ben Soave, RCMP Chief Superintendent (Retired), UYF Audit Committee Chairman, Julian Fantino, Commissioner of Emergency Management and Former Chief, Toronto Police Service, and Project Evaluation Committee Chair Khalid Usman, Past President, International Developent and Relief Foundation. The UYF will work directly with non-governmental agencies in the host countries.

The organization's strong capacity in the field of education is rooted in individuals such as UYF Advisory Board Chair, Hon. Frank Iacobucci, recently retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, and Past Interim President and Provost, University of Toronto, UYF President, Dr. Annamarie Castrilli, Past Chair, Governing Council, University of Toronto and UYF Secretary Peter Robertson, Former Mayor, City of Brampton and University of Toronto professor in education for 25 years.

Founded in March of this year, the goals of the Foundation are to:

· Fund the building of schools in countries where the youth population and need call out for such assistance.

· Arrange for ongoing financial assistance, scholastic materials and other support for these schools to ensure the needed education can be provided.

· Assist in the development of local teachers to ensure they have the capability and leadership skills required to deliver quality education.

The Foundation is currently considering the funding of new schools in Africa.

The Universal Youth Foundation's, Project Evaluation Committee will invite organizations to submit proposals for project funding and will review potential projects for consideration by the Foundation using a detailed and comprehensive set of evaluation guidelines. The committee will ensure that UYF sponsored schools adhere to local customs and traditions while respecting human rights. The Evaluation Committee will then submit the recommended project to the UYF Board of Directors for approval.

Universal Youth Foundation Board members include:

Mario Cortellucci, O., Ont., President, Cortellucci Group of Companies Inc. (Founder and Chairman)
Dr. Annamarie Castrilli, Lawyer and Past Chair, Governing Council, University of Toronto (President)
Peter Robertson, Former Mayor, City of Brampton (Secretary)
Ben Soave, RCMP Chief Superintendent (Retired) and President, Ben Soave Associates Inc. (Treasurer)
Ralph Capocci, President, Danjus Consulting Group Inc., Public and Government Relations
Bill Carroll, Host, Focus Ontario and The Bill Carroll Show on CFRB
Julian Fantino, Commissioner of Emergency Management and Former Chief, Toronto Police Service
Michael Furdyk, Co-founder and Director of Technology, TakingITGlobal
Norberto Marocco, President, Shade-O-Matic Ltd.
Saverio Montemarano, President, Melody Homes
Ucal Powell, Executive Secretary Treasurer, Carpenters Union, Central Ontario Regional Council
Khalid Usman, Coucillor, Ward 7, Town of Markham and Past President, International Development and Relief Foundation

The organization's first order of business is to host "The Battle of Parliaments," soccer match between Canadian elected officials and Italian parliamentarians on August 4th 2005 at Centennial Stadium in Toronto, followed by a Gala Dinner Dance on August 5th at the Renaissance Parque Convention Centre in Vaughan. Proceeds from the soccer match and Gala Dinner will go towards the Universal Youth Foundation. The soccer match will be the first opportunity for the Italian parliamentary soccer team to travel to North America to raise funds for a worthy cause. In the past, the team has raised funds for such causes as the south Asian tsunami relief effort.

/For further information: For further information on the Universal Youth Foundation or to view the evaluation criteria for potential UYF sponsored projects, please visit the organization's website at www.universalyouthfoundation.org/ IN: INTERNATIONAL, MEDIA, POLITICS, SOCIAL, SPORTS

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