Head of city-based foundation is chosen to lead new nonprofit


The chief executive of a Baltimore-based foundation has been named to lead a new nonprofit organization that will develop strategies to help young people considered vulnerable to the effects of social ills such as crime, poverty and poor educational resources.

Rick R. Little, head of the International Youth Foundation since its founding in 1990, reportedly was chosen by retired Army Gen. Colin L. Powell to serve as chief executive officer of America's Promise -- The Alliance for Youth, which will help young people through volunteer efforts, funding or in-kind services. It will be based in Alexandria, Va. Little said the IYF board agreed to his being "on loan" to help launch America's Promise because of the similarity of the organizations' goals.

The new group will begin work after the Presidents' Summit for America's Future later this month in Philadelphia, where civic, religious and business leaders from around the nation will discuss ways to assist children by voluntarism. Four of the five living U.S. presidents are expected.

Little was chosen by Powell because of his experience at IYF, which funnels grants from corporations and foundations to social programs with proven records of success, said Sharon Gallagher, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trusts.

America's Promise was launched Monday in Washington, where Pew President Rebecca W. Rimel presented a $1 million grant to begin the program to Powell.

Pub Date: 4/02/97

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