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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