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“Dear Patrick, I commend you for your 

leadership in promoting cultural exchange

between people around the world.  

Hillary joins me in sending best wishes.” 

– President William J. Clinton

 

“We applaud you for your work done this far in youth empowerment and remain committed to working together in the future.”

– Ediola Pasholari, Secretary General, World Assembly of Youth, Malaysia (Headquarters)

 

“I can't thank you enough for demonstrating your commitment to making a difference.”

– Michael R. Bloomberg, Former Mayor, New York City

 

“If you saw the impact you have had on the youth (and young at heart) attending the Youth Assembly, you would have to shade your eyes from the brightness of hope. We applaud you for your good work.”

– Paulette Schatz, UNDP Kabul-Afghanistan

 

“Patrick Sciarratta was a wonderful moderator for our Symposium. Thank you, Patrick, for your ideas!”

– Hans U. Dätwyler, International Director, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)

Internationally recognized Ugandan supermodel, Camilla Barungi, joins Patrick Sciarratta at the August 2015 NGO Conference at the United Nations for a panel discussion concerning sustainable fashion.  That seminal panel has been widely credited for beginning a series of discussions across New York City on many aspects of sustainable fashion throughout that industry.

"Patrick's projects provide an excellent platform for young people from around the world to come together at the UN, to share ideas and develop new alliances that actually result in positive social change. I am privileged to have been part of his program for a number of years, and I applaud Patrick Sciarratta and his team for doing such a wonderful job. They are the best talent finders!" Amir Dossal, Global Partners Forum

After Leading a Recent Mentoring Session for New UN NGOs:

"THANK YOU, Mr. Sciarratta!  I enjoyed meeting with you so very, very much.

 

"Our organization probably learned more in our meeting with you then we could ever have learned on our own. We are extremely grateful!"  

-  Douglas A. Wain, Executive C.E.O./E.D.

   YouthAlert!  March 2017

"Patrick is one of the more eclectic people you will ever meet, having had a diverse variety of vocations and avocations!  He is the past Executive Director of the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, which conceived and manages the United Nations Youth Assembly (held twice a year, and includes over 1000 youth from over 100 countries—at which I had the great fortune to speak and represent PepsiCo).  Patrick also arranged for me to speak as one of only a few private sector representatives to an audience of influential and impassioned NGOs at the UN DPI Conference, the largest official gathering of NGOs sponsored by the UN, and for which Patrick has been a part of its formal UN Planning Committee every year since 2002.  A transformative experience!  Most recently, he was asked to serve as the Special Advisor to the Permanent Mission of Sao Tome and Principe to the UN.  With Patrick’s track record of success, we eagerly await the trails he will blaze with his newest endeavor, Vinculum!"​

Dan Bena

Retired Head of Sustainable Development and Global Operations

PepsiCo, Inc.

With current UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Former Secretaries General Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon, at UNHQ in New York.

"The Youth Assembly, [created and directed by Patrick, from 2002-2015] is an important mechanism of the United Nations.  Not only does it give young people a chance to be included … it also brings new perspectives to the General Assembly, thereby enriching its work.  I urge you to see your time (at the YA) as a call to action. The world needs each and every one of you to do your part in transforming our world and building a more sustainable and equitable future for all."

–     U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, 2013

"I am writing to recommend Mr. Patrick Sciarratta ... (who is) very active within the UN Community and both hosts and organizes a number of events each year for his organization and different Permanent Missions.

"I need not tell the members how successful his youth forums have been over the years as they have become a popular event on the calendar and attract hundreds of young people from around the world to come to the UN and participate in interactive, educational programs promoting the work of the organization and fostering good citizenship. The logistics of these events are not insignificant.

"I have no hesitation in recommending him!"

- Gordon Tapper

Former Chief, Special Services Section DAM  (UN)

January 2017

"During the recent United Nations General Assembly session. I happened to meet Mr. Patrick Sciarratta. During our discussions, he told me about his activities. I was impressed and amazed with the activities that he undertakes. Given the instability and war around us, I believe the need of today is to support and participate with him, to bring together youth from different parts of the world. This program would help develop friendship and understanding of different culture and issues of various countries. This Youth armed with cultural understanding of different region and countries will help them take responsible decision as leaders of their individual countries."  - Ashok Krish, President - Kaizen Technologies Inc, USA.  2015

 

Earlier Comments  /  Past Efforts

Highlighting Patrick's previous NGO service ...

I commend FAF’s efforts to work with young people in the Balkans to help them find possible means and ways to peace and reconciliation. I would also wish to stress the importance of generous support for this project.”

– Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Martti Ahtisaari, Former President of Finland, 2008

“(Your) mission is so important, and … you are accomplishing remarkable things. Best wishes to you and everyone at the foundation!” – Former President William Jefferson Clinton, January 26, 2004

 

“We strongly support FAF’s mission to create international cultural opportunities . . . please, do your best to help them in their non-profit efforts.” – Andras Torok, former Secretary of State for Culture, Hungary

“I am pleased to learn of the efforts of Friendship Ambassadors Foundation … The United Nations applauds and supports such efforts.” – Shashi Tharoor, Director of Special Projects, Office of the Secretary General, United Nations“

“I am pleased to offer my enthusiastic support for the UNESCO/FAF Balkan Youth Reconciliation Seminar Series. Your mission of peace through cultural exchanges is to be applauded and I hope it will accomplish our mutual long-term goal to build a civil society.”

– U.S. Congresswoman Nita Lowey

“It is with sincere thanks that I recognize your long-standing work to promote cultural exchange and understanding.”

– Martin Butora, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the USA

“The Mission of Bosnia and Herzegovina endearingly appreciates the foundation’s initiative to promote greater awareness, and engender new prospects for hope. The Mission adamantly supports any such effort and would encourage others in doing the same.”

– Muhamed Sacirbey, Ambassador of Bosnia-Herzegovina to the U.S.

“You are a legend.” – staff comment, UNWOMEN

For much of 2012 through 2015 ... Mr. Sciarratta concentrated his efforts on:

Expanding cultural exchange between the United States and Cuba

Volunteering Service on UN Department of Public Information Conference Planning Sub-Committees

The Rhythms Of One World concert series at the United Nations

Transitioning to Delegate Service at the United Nations

and leadership of the Major Development Years at the

Youth Assembly at the United Nations

Notes from Participants on Exchange Programs Led By Mr. Sciarratta and his Teams

 

*2012*

“Thanks for the assistance you have always provided to me and all the great service you and your organization render to the UN community, and the world’s people, especially those in need”. – Estelle Perry, UN NGO Leader, Member NGO DPI Executive Committee

* 2009 *

“The Grosse Pointe South choir’s trip to NYC was well organized and very exciting. We so enjoyed the UN and the opportunity to sing for the UN (International) school … (T)he workshop with Gavin Creel – and then watching him in Hair – was an experience our students will never forget. What memories we will all have. Thank you.” – Ellen J. Bowen, Director of Choral Activities, Grosse Pointe South High School

* 2008 *

“Dear Patrick, I wish to thank you for the courtesies extended to the Iowa Kids, their parents, and me during our concert opportunities in New York City at the United Nations and the Statue of Liberty. I also wish to thank you for the honor of performing in front of such a worldwide, appreciative audience at the Culture Night Banquet. It was truly a memorable night they and I will never forget.”

– Dale Cunion, Ex.Dir., The Iowa Kids, August 2008

“Thank you so much for helping with our wonderful trip to Taiwan and Hong Kong. We hope to see you again!”

– Steve Shanley, Director, Coe College Jazz Band , August 2008

“Thanks again for everything you did for our experience. It was certainly a first-class operation, and you were friendly, charming, professional, and organized.” – Dr Christopher J. Nicholas, Coe College Bands Soloist; Associate Director of Bands, University of Wyoming Department of Music; August 2008

“The Alliance Francaise of Greenwich would like to thank you for your efforts in including [us] in the Greenwich Choral Society trip to France honoring the Greenwich/Vienne Sister City 2008 initiative… The trip was seamless, due in no small part to your advance planning … We thank you and your team for making this historic trip so memorable.”

– Renee Ketcham, President, Alliance Francaise of Greenwich, July 2008

“I just returned from the Collegiate Chorale Tour to Israel – one of the professional singers in the group. It was a great privilege to be on this tour. Working with Zubin Mehta & the Israel Philharmonic was a as musical treat for all of us. I very much enjoyed the tours provided for the group. I want to highlight Lillian, our tour guide. She is a big bigger-than-life personality and she made everything come alive, investing so much of herself in her descriptions. I only wish I could have seen more. Next time! It was a pleasure touring with her. Thank you for making this trip so special for us.” – Jim Fredericks Cunningham, Collegiate Chorale Singer, July 2008

“We truly appreciate (and recognize) the effort that you made for us. Traveling to China during the Olympics year has definitely made some things a lot harder than they would have been otherwise! Again, very sincere thanks for resolving everything so successfully.”

– Vicky Barham, Tour Coordinator, Stella Boreales, July 2008

“Thank you so much for your generous donation to the New Orleans Children’s Chorus, which will be used to help us rebuild our organization in the wake of Hurricane Katrina … Thank you for your care, concern, and financial support at this difficult time.”

– Cheryl Dupont, New Orleans Children’s Chorus Artistic Director, July 2008

“I appreciate your time and effort, am grateful for your support and am quite overwhelmed with pride to read the amount of effort you have made on behalf of our trip. You have a true concept of what diplomacy involves and effect it repeatedly.”

– John McIntyre, Tour Coordinator, Greenwich Choral Society, June 2008

“The devastation that hit New Orleans was only viewed from afar. When we arrived there and met the people it was clear to us that they were just beginning to build back. The people were so appreciative and thankful that we had chosen New Orleans as our destination city. I was humbled by this experience. I am glad we were able to help using music. I loved that music was an integral part of their daily lives. It was wonderful getting to know the choristers from the New Orleans Children’s Chorus and their director. The combined chorus in the church sounded amazing. The concert exchange was wonderful and was the highlight of the tour.” – Robin Chenot & Chris Ann Powers, Directors, Greenwich PS Honor Choir, April 2008

* 2007 *

“… the trip was fabulous. I think everyone was very happy with everything about it. The concert and mass venues were wonderful, and it was very exciting to perform in such live spaces, with great audiences. Hotels were great – guides were charming, knowledgeable, and helpful. Thank you so much for all your work!”

– Mary Kay Wilson, Choir of the Sound, June 2007

“We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Scandinavia and we all know that this was due to your countless hours on our behalf.”

-Prescott Master Adult Chorale to Scandinavia, June 2007

“Omigosh! The trip was fabulous! Everything was really spectacular. Thank you so much for all your work, and for arranging the most satisfactory, well-organized and fun trip we could possibly have wanted. Thanks so much, and congratulations on a job well done! We would love work with you again!” – Ellen Kaplan, Professor, Smith College Theatre Department, May 2007

“What a phenomenal tour it was! The students, staff and I are very excited about the tour, and sad that it is over.”

– Friends University Choir to Germany, May 2007

“Thank you so much for all you achieved in creating this memorable tour for the Prescott Master Chorale to Scandinavia. These countries contain some of the most stunning scenery, remarkable historical sites, and the friendliest people in the world. Our concert audiences were very enthusiastic. The cost of this tour was very reasonable for what we received.”

– James L Klein, Director, Prescott Master Chorale, May/June 2007

“Robin and I would like to thank you for making our trip to Toronto a wonderful one. I know the kids had a BLAST (and so did we). From start to finish, the tour was well organized – thanks to you. We absolutely loved meeting Carol and her choir….. what a great opportunity – the exchange went very well. We really look forward to working closely with you in the future.”

– Robin Chenot & Chris Ann Powers, Directors, Greenwich PS Honor Choir, April 2007

* 2006 *

“It was a wonderful, wonderful trip. We’re all home, safe & sound now with glorious echoes & scenes in our heads & hearts. Thank you for your patience & persistence & attention to detail all the way along the line to liftoff, And all went well in country too — The drivers were excellent & the students were speechless & happy. So, yes, I’ve appreciated how solid & consistent & thoughtful you’ve been, & flexible, & imaginative! All the best. You certainly ARE the best! Many, many thanks.”

– Devon McNamara, Leader, West Virginia Wesleyan College, June 2006

“This trip has been beyond our expectations ... If EagleSong’s trip had consisted of nothing but Friday’s activities, it would have exceeded all expectations and been worthwhile. Never had we been in a tour where all performances were greeted with tears. Several times I found myself thinking how much better are tears of gratitude than tears of loss. Our entire community is buzzing with the stories of EagleSong’s great trip and how much it meant to the people in Louisiana! We feel like true ‘Friendship Ambassadors’ and thank you and the entire organization for making it possible.” – Gary Fry, EagleSong Leader, Katrina Recovery Tour, April 2006

* 2005 *

“What a wonderful, wonderful trip we had! I cannot thank you enough for all the hard work – everything was arranged very, very well… we felt so taken care of! With much gratitude and appreciation, Sondra Harnes”

– World Children’s Choir, WCC/FAF Peace Camp Director, August 2005

“Every one of us in the Taiwan Delegation would like to convey our deepest appreciation for your hard work, effort, friendliness, and hospitality for us. It was an unforgettable voyage – you made my dream come true” – Tony Jian, Group Leader, Taiwan Delegation

 

“The Youth Assembly 2005 was a successful and engaging event and the initiative that your organization put forth was much appreciated. Please accept this as an expression of WFUNA’s wishes for even deeper and continued cooperation with you in the future.” – Incia Zaffar, World Federation of United Nations Associations

“I just wanted to let you know that the kids got back safely, happily. They all had really positive things to say about the trip. I thank you for putting this trip together and especially from an educational standpoint the kids really had an amazing experience. Thanks.”

– Jennifer Bell, Director of Foreign Languages, Nyack High School, February 2005

* 2004 *

“The trip was a wonderful success. Our guides were excellent; we got to sing at the Vatican for a Mass in St. Peter’s and it was wonderful. The educational tours were excellent and the guides for them were well organized. The final dinner was excellent. Thank you for your work; it was good working with you again.” – Ellen Bowen, Grosse Point High School to Italy

* 2003 *

"Our concert tour show is entitled, ‘A Voice to the World.’ Did we accomplish that title on this tour with (your team and you)? Yes. Did we make a difference? Yes. Were our lives enriched by the experience? Yes. Have we helped bridge cultural gaps and understanding? Yes." – D. Kim Clayton, Synergy, August 2003

* 2002 * – Primarily spent in service to the families of victims of 9/11, after receiving nearly $2M usd in support of Mr. Sciarratta's arts therapy work. He led large group sessions with affected families throughout the United States and abroad that re-connected cultures in the wake of this large attack.

* 2001 *

Our wonderful trip to Romania and Bulgaria with (you) was a positive, life changing cultural and social experience. We learned so much about the world and Eastern Europe… I truly believe that your values, goals, and accomplishments are critical to world peace.” – Dr. Lyn Schenbeck, Agnes Scott College in Georgia, July 2001

“I must tell you how much we enjoyed our trip. My students and I cannot stop talking about it. This is a trip I would do again and certainly recommend to my choral colleagues. I give you all glowing reports!” – Rick Bushey, Kearsley Choir, March 2001

“The whole tour group would want to thank you for everything. You really went “beyond the call of duty” in getting us from place to place and understanding our needs. The memories we have are precious and will last the rest of our lives.”

– Tony Howard, PBS producer, Bowling Green Madrigal Singers Tour, April 2001

* 2000 *

“In today’s “make a buck at all costs” world, (you) are more concerned with service and furthering positive cultural exchanges as a means of creating a better world. Sounds kind of corny, but it’s the truth.” – Kathy Shannon, West Virginia University, February 2000

“Thank you for all of your help in getting our trip planned and accomplished. It was a wonderful experience for us, and the concert venues and arrangements were the best we have ever had.” – Dr. Annabell Zikmund, University of Nebraska at Kearney, June 2000

“Just wanted to let you know that the tour was fantastic. The concert venues … were exceptional and we had much better audiences than I expected. … an experience I know none of us will ever forget … Thank you so much for all of your hard work on this tour. Things went very smoothly. Our guides were wonderful and I know that you ordered the incredible weather just for us.”

– Luanne Clarke, Choral Faculty, Alfred University, May 2000

“It was a marvelous tour, smooth, brilliant with daily wonders … we were really happy with it … in fact ALL of the accommodations were incredible; quite beyond the beyonds, as the Irish say.” – Devon McNamara, West Virginia Wesleyan College, June 2000

“What an extraordinary experience this tour was; both as an artistic and traveling endeavor. I must offer my sincere appreciation and thanks to you and to everyone that helped make this trip a huge success … our experiences in the Czech Republic and Hungary were sensational. I think the experience for the girls will be one they will carry with them always, and one we will all grow from. … the dancing was magnificent … It is my sincere hope that we at the NWCA continue our relationship with (you and your team) and hopefully do more of these marvelous tours … This was the BEST!” – Mimi Wallace, Director of Dance, Northern Westchester Center for the Arts, July 2000

* 1999 *

“We just wanted you to know how much we enjoyed the Ladue Chapel trip to Hungary … Everything worked out well and we really appreciated all of your help and tips. We wanted you to know we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thanks for all your help!”

– Sharon & Ralph Thaman, Ladue Chapel Choir, August 1999

“Thank you, Patrick! I would love the opportunity to repay you for the invaluable gift you gave me!” “Thank you for the wonderful hospitality; you made it even more enjoyable. I hope our paths cross again.” “I felt like I was traveling with family!”

– Newman Theatre Tour Participants – Jewish Festival performances, Budapest and Prague; August 1999

* 1998 *

“We just wanted to write a HUGE Thank You! We loved our exchange so much. It was the opportunity of a lifetime. We all came back better people because of the experiences we had there.” – Nannette Watts, Utah State University, April 1998

“Five stars to your organization for hosting and accommodating our group so beautifully! There wasn’t a problem – not one – in the entire trip. The hotels, staffs, and drivers were splendid. The breakfasts – perfect! Our trip was wonderful beyond words.”

– Sarah Wiideman, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Spain, January 1998

“We look forward to your assistance to groups seeking cultural counterparts. USIS will refer questions to your volunteers and staff for action. It’s good to know that (you) can be such a great help.” – Mr. Greg Lagana, US Embassy Rome, February 1998

 

“We are writing to express our gratitude and appreciation for the invaluable assistance provided by (Patrick and his team) to the 3rd International Festival of Movement and Dance on the Volga, held in Yaroslavl, Russia. FAF offered both professional and high-quality assistance and truly made a difference for all involved.” – Lisa First, U.S. Director, & Nadezhda Proshutinskaya, Russian Director, August 1998

* 1997 *

“As in the past, (Patrick and company) have provided excellent tour management. I really appreciate what (he) has done for me and my students over the past two decades.” – Dr. Marvin Robertson, Southern Adventist University Choir, 1997

“No one could have had a better time than we did.” – Virginia Davidson, NY Treble Singers, 1997

“I believe the work that is being done by (Patrick Sciarratta and company) is very important, and only by making these connections, person to person and country by country will we, all of humanity, be able to live together in peace and harmony. This is part of the legacy that we must leave to future generations. The message of love, of understanding, is what it is to be human.” – Denise Santiago, Singer, 1997