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P.O. Box 81603 Pittsburgh PA 15217 USA


LUMINARI, Inc. is a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization founded to foster activities that broaden minds, inspire innovations and promote community engagement.


LUMINARI was founded in 2009. Our inaugural program, I Want to be an Ambassador! 2010, was an inspiring experience for all involved. The socio-economic and culturally diverse composition of the participants was a huge success for our programming in itself. We have since launched the writing workshop series, TEEN WRITER! 2011 and our 2nd annual I Want to be an Ambassador! camp is planned for the summer of 2011. These successes perpetuate our goal of creating a ripple-effect of change by encouraging participants to use what they learn to inspire others and impact their communities. An example of this ripple-effect is our suggested extension of the Ambassador camp, Diplomacy Week.

Target demographics:

As broad and diverse a student base as possible – a group of individuals, families, schools, and community organizations surpassing cultural and socio-economic boundaries.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

100 (estimated) and growing.

Geographic areas served:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Tri-State; National; International


I Want to be an Ambassador! 2010 TEEN WRITER! Series 2011 I Want to be an Ambassador! 2011 Diplomacy Week

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Rating: 5 stars  

Luminari's "I want to be an Ambassador" program is very unique and has really broadened the horizons of many high school students in the Pittsburgh region. During the course of the program, the students learn about diplomacy and get to travel to Washington, DC. This year they are even meeting with two foreign ambassadors face to face as well as a member of Hillary Clinton's staff.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen the results from last year's "I want to be an Ambassador" program, and know how much planning has gone into this year's program as well as the Teen Writer programs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Luminari just has to be careful not to take on too much too soon -- right now the staff has done a great job rolling out the existing programs and I would not want the success of the current programs to be jeopardized if Luminari does not have enough time to devote to all ideas. Luminari needs to make sure all of its programs will be successful and horizon broadening-- which I think it has done so far.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I think Luminari's mission is great. The writing workshops are a great way to get kids more involved in expressing themselves creatively, and the ambassador camp is a great concept. I think it will teach kids more about the world they live in and give them an idea of how they want to change it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Sitting in on a writing workshop showed me what the program was like, and gave me a new appreciation for what the kids do in the workshops as well as the instructors.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only changes I would make now are better communication and more concrete direction in terms of achieving our mission. Luminari is still pretty new, so I feel like these things will come with time.

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