Mission: LUMINARI, Inc. is a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization founded to foster activities that broaden minds, inspire innovations and promote community engagement.
Results: 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
Programs: I Want to be an Ambassador! 2010
TEEN WRITER! Series 2011
I Want to be an Ambassador! 2011
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 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.