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Five young people "who have shown remarkable courage and 
tenacity in battling the odds stacked against their lives" have 
been nominated from the Northeast for Sargent Shriver Scholarships, 
Robert J. Mangum said yesterday. 

"They have shown the persefverance and will to help not 
only thenselves but others start to break out of the poverty 
cycle," Mangum said. He is Northeast Regional Director for 
the Office or Eeonoale Opportunity. 

The nominees are Marion Coates of Babylon, N.Y., Corena Perry 
of Newark, N.J., Lubbie Harper Jr. of New Haven, Conn., Alfredo Ribot 
» of Bridgeport, Conn., and Robert Ware of Hartford, Conn, 

One of the five nominees will be chosen by a joint selection 
board, representing the OEO and the Experiment in International 
Living, to go to a Latin American, African or Asian country for 
two months this summer, live with a family there and join in the 
work of Peace Corps volunteers. 

The selection committee will likewise choose one nominee from 
each of the other six OEO regions. The Experiment in International ' 
Living, a private, non-profit organization which promotes mutual 
respect, anong peoples of the world through mutual understanding, is 
fully financing the scholarships. 

Mangun said that his office received approximately 75 

the Northeast representing every raepect of the War on Poverty. 
A selection committee from the regional office interviewed 15 


‘he region's five nominees have been variously active in 

the Neighborhood. Youth Corps, the College Work-Study Program and 
poverty under the Community Action 

Program, All were recommended by the comunity action agencies in 

their respective communities. All have expressed, strong 

inclinations toward teaching or group social work as a career. 

The community action agencies are: Action for Bridgeport 
Community Development, Inc. (256 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, 
Conn., 203-333- 5536) 3 Community Renewal Team of Greater Hartford 
(18 Asylum Street, Hartford, Conn., 203-525-8236) ; United Community | 
Corporation ay. Branford Place, Newark, New Jersey 

__ 201-623-7313); Community Progress Inc. (270 Orange Street, New Haven, 

Conn., 203-787-6572); Suffolk County Bureau of Economic Opportunity 
(1 Indian Head Road, Commack, New York, 516-543-6666) . 

Because "I would like to help people as people have helped 
me," Marion Coates looks forward to a teaching ci 

Mias Contes, 20, will apply for entrance to a four-year college or 
university in New York City, with a major in anthropology in 

mind, after she graduates this June from the Suffolk County 
Community College in Selden, N.Y. 

Dr. Albert M. Ammerman, president of the community college, 
says that Miss Coates "with both parents deceased, found the 
strength to contine her education, to help not only herself but 
others with low income and in difficult straits. She has proved 
herself academically and socially." 

A beneficiary of the College Work-Study Program, Miss Coates 
successfully tutored seven low-income nursing students between 
20 arid 40 years old through their biology course. 

s Coates is a graduate of Babylon High School, where she 
was active on the yearbook, the school paper and the dramatic 
club. From her early high school days, she has volunteered her 

time to community causes. For several years she was a "candy-striper," 

or nurses! aide, at the Southside Hospital in Babylon, Now shi 
spends much of her spare time working in the clinic run by tl 
Planned Parenthood Association of South Suffolk. 

Corena Perry, 18, lives in a small walk-up apartuent in one 
of the most severely run-down neighborhoods of Newark, 

"middle child" in a family of eleven, she is the ward of en older 
sister, who works in a Montclair laundry. 



Miss Perry, whose Neighborhood Youth Corps job in neighborhood 
research and tabulation of records is helping her set her 
sights on college, ranks first in Central High School's senior 
class of 351 students and is a National Achievement Scholarship 

Also outstanding extracurricularly, Miss Perry is secretary of 
the student council, president of the English honor society, 
president of the Future Teachers of America and president of 
the National Honor Society. 

She hopes to teach in the Newark high school system 
"because I know something about the problems some of the kids 
have, and I think I can help," 

"I am recommending Lubbie Harper because in many ways he 
epitomizes what the poverty program is all about. Not only is 
he going to 'make it' personally in spite of his environmental 
handicaps but he is one of those rare people who after 'making it! 
will stay and continue the fight against poverty and injustice 
in our cities," says Thomas N. Flood, neighborhood coordinator 
for New Haven's Hill Area, 

Flood's prediction is already coming true. 

While completing his Master's at the University of Connecticut 
School of Social Work (where he is helped by a College Work-: Study 
scholarship), Harper, 23, still finds time to counsel one group of 
adolescent girls and one of boys for the Dixwell Commmity House. 

The Dixwell area, where Harper grew up, is one of New Haven's 
most deeply scarred neighborhoods. 

"The heart of the problem is the negative image these kids 
have of themselves," says Harper. 

"All of society -- teachers ani ministers included, the lot -- 
have combined to tell them in one way or another that they're 
no good, that they have no future. 

"What gives me hope, though, is that now they are beginning 
to question the image, They are beginning to look forward to 

Married and the father of two, Harper graduated from Wilbur 
Cross High School and from New Haven College, where he was 
president of his class and an outstanding athlete, 



He has worked with Community Progress, Inc., since its 
beginning, interviewing for research studies, conducting recreation 
programs and coordinating group work at the Prince Street 
elementary school. 

Like many others who have "made it" from the slums, Harper 
is consistently generous in his time to 

Although he is only 20 years old, Alfredo Ribot was recently 
elected chairman of the East Side Neighborhood Council and hence 
is a member of the steering committee of Action for Bridgeport 
Community Development. 

Ribot says he is surprised to have been elected, A 
recounting of his neighborhood activities and leadership lessens 
the surprise for others: work at St, Vincent's Hospital, teaching 
Spanish at St. Mary's Church, re of 
into the Boy and Girl Scouts, running a playground in the summer 
for the Hall Neighborhood House. Part of his work has been done 
under the Neighborhood Youth Corps; most is volunteer. 

Ribot is also secretary of the Tenants! association of 
Father Panik Village, a 23-year-old housing development. 
he was four years cld hie family, now munbering ten, camo to 
New York from Puerto Rico and shortly thereafter to Bridgeport when 
his father could find no employment in New York, An older 
brother is currently in the Army in Korea, 

A graduate of Warren Harding High School where he was senior 
class president, Ribot has had part-time jobs since he was 13. 
Four years ago he began at the Main Line Diner as a dishwasher. 
He has advanced to become a short-order cook. 

Now a sophomore at Sacred Heart University where he is 
president of the choir, Ribot is planning to major 

psychology with a view towards teaching elementary or junior 

high school, possibly in Bridgeport, possibly in Puerto Rico. 

"The greatest thing you can be is a teacher," he says, adding 

that he wants to combine teaching with social work. He is thinking 
of applying to become a Peace Corps Volunteer first. 

Last Christmas as part of his Neighborhood Youth Corps work for 
the Youth-in-Action Center in Hartford's North End, Robert 
Ware, 18, organized three Christmas parties for a total of 300 
children, Ho got i for the an 
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Ware profited in these tasks from thorough experience in 
neighborhood organization, In October, 1964, he formed with five 
other teenagers the Hartford Flames ("What? A Club. Who? A Friends") 
to stay out of trouble and do something constructive. 

The Flames! membership now numbers more than 60 boys and 
girls 8 through 20, and President Ware lists their present 
activities: tutoring, camera club, field trips, movies, camping, 
arts and crafts, bowling, group singing, discussions and 
"junior Flames." 

Activities "in the making" include typing and shorthand, 
sewing and cooking classes, marching corps, sports league, 
tutoring children in hospitals, pen pals with convalescent homes, 

d a big brother club. 

In addition, the Flames have formed a "rescue service" for 
young people in trouble, sponsored hootenannies and talent shows 
at convalescent homes and at the Mansfield State Training School, 
and campaigned for the Cerebral Palsy Fund and the March Against 
Leukemia, Tumors and Muscular Disorders, 

The State Child Welfare’ Department has begun to refer 
problem cases to the Flames. 

Ware says he got the idea for the Flames "because I didn't 
want kids to grow up like me." Deserted as a baby by his parents, 
he grew up as a state ward ("that's a bad word -- he's on the 
state") and knows about being "in trouble",("From about 12 
I hung around with the wrong crowd, I went with anybody who 
would accept me and be my friend."), 

Brushes with the law involved running away several times from 
the home in which he had been placad, being with a group caught 
stealing, pulling false alarms and the like. 

Ware credits a young high school science teacher with 
reversing his direction by taking a permnal interest in him. 
He dropped out of Weaver High School, but now wants to go back, 
and on to college if possible, perhaps after a stint in the Air 

A board member of the Community Service Council, Ware is interested 

in a career of neighborhood social work.