Jan 10

Esperanza Graduate Wins “Employee of the Year” at Tantalo Hotel Group

Esperanza’s methdology is comprised of three phases: intervention, integration, and prevention. And it’s the second stage, the integration, that is perhaps the least glamorous of them all, requiring old-fashioned hard work, patience, and discipline on behalf of our beneficiaries, our staff, and the greater Casco Viejo community. As at-risk young men enter a new world, […]

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Oct 17

Esperanza Photo Essay Featured in New York Times

We are thrilled to share one of the most powerful photo essays you’ll see: Darren Ornitz, a photojournalist from New York City, embedded himself in the underbelly of Casco Viejo’s gang culture. His captured images reflect a remarkable story of hardship, hope, and the impact of human transformation. You can click the image below to […]

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Jul 21

Breaking News: Esperanza Named 2016 McNulty Prize Laureate

Last night, the Aspen Institute and the McNulty Foundation announced that Esperanza has been named one of four 2016 Laureates for the ninth annual John P. McNulty Prize. The McNulty Prize recognizes the spirit of innovation and excellence of leaders who use entrepreneurship to address important global social issues. The Prize is given annually to […]

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Jan 07

A Day In The Life Of Luis Moreno

For the past 4 months, Luis Moreno has been in his element. A graduate of Esperanza Social Venture Club’s small business incubator, Luis recently launched Lava Autos Plaza Amador, Casco Viejo’s first car wash. Now utilizing his strengths in a pro-social way, Luis spends his days growing the business and socializing with neighbors. You can […]

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Oct 21

Hope Seafood Completes Round II Funding

When Esperanza graduates enter the workforce, it’s either (1) with traditional employment opportunities at local restaurants, hotels, shops, or (2) in starting their own small businesses. This second option — the entrepreneurial route — is operated by the Esperanza Social Venture Club, an investment arm designed to incubate small businesses, provide seed capital, and support […]

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Jun 28

Hooray! Esperanza Just Got A Team Of Market Research Geniuses

Some of you may remember our Buenas Obras project, in which we are solving problems our neighborhood desperately needs (trash, graffiti, lighting) using a resource we happen to have in excess (donated goods). And one of the beautiful things about Esperanza is that our neighbors – all skills and backgrounds – are always looking to […]

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Jun 08

Why Is Everyone Rooting For Luis?

The Esperanza Social Venture Club is designed to give young men the opportunity to start their own sustainable businesses in Casco Viejo and this week, we were lucky enough to have Luis Moreno present Lava Autos Plaza Amador, the first official car wash in the neighborhoods of Chorillo, Catedral, Plaza Amador, and San Felipe. There […]

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Apr 20

You Won’t Believe How One Community Attempted To Clean Up Its Act

Casco Viejo has problems like any other community. We’re low on volunteers at our homegrown recycling center. We’ve got a beach that needs constant cleaning. We have graffiti that pops up seemingly overnight and must be taken down (whoever you are, can you stop doing that please?). But unlike most communities with challenges like these, […]

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Apr 08

One Young Man Who Fixes Things That Are Broken

  When you meet Alexis Quintero and you hear his story, you get the feeling something really good is about to happen to your ceiling fan. Alexis was born in a neighborhood called Brookylncito, which, with its wooden houses and muddied intersections full of trash, was one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Panama City […]

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