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The Sicilian Project Students

We are a 501-C3 tax exempt non-profit governed by a Board of Directors that is dedicated to teaching English to Sicilian students and youngster at no cost to them. Fluency in English will help them someday find good jobs and help stem the flight of young and educated graduates out of Sicily. We believe that the young are Sicily’s most valuable assets and by exposing them to English at an early age will enable them to better compete in an increasingly English-orientated world. Your donation will help us issue academic grants in areas that most need them: summer camps, small villages, urban and rural areas and large cities. We have no paid staff. As we raise money, we get programs started. You can help us by donating and becoming actively involved in our efforts.

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Alfred M. Zappala - Chairman of the Board & Founder

Travel with Al Zappala to Sicily
Alfred M. Zappala is the Chairman of the Board and Founder of The Sicilian Project. Mr. Zappala has seen first-hand the devastation that the current economic crisis has afflicted on Sicily and has gathered around him many people from America who love Sicily and want to help stem the flow of students and young college grads leaving the Island.

Mr. Zappala has an extensive background in international business law, tourism and legal matters pertaining to Italy and Sicily and maintains a law office in Catania, Sicily. He and his Sicilian law partner handle all matters except criminal law matters there.

He was a founding trustee of the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, Massachusetts, as well as the founder of MTS Bar Review, a firm which prepared hundreds of law school graduates to pass the Massachusetts Bar Examination.

He teaches bar review courses at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston when he is in the United States and he has trained over 8,000 practicing attorneys to pass the bar examination over his long career as a professor and lecturer at several other law schools as well.

Currently, his main focus is on assisting clients with matters abroad, focusing primarily to business, travel and other matters in Sicily and Italy through affiliation with Italian Counsel. He splits his time between America and Sicily.
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