New York/ The prominent New York financier, Jeffrey Epstein, with offices in New York City and St. Thomas has heralded the launch of the first college run radio station in the US Virgin Islands.
Staffed by students, the new radio station, WUVI, represents the University of the Virgin Islands, and covers local content from Caribbean music, college events and politics to syndicated news programs.
Jeffrey Epsteins VI Foundation which is based on the island of St. Thomas, supports education and youth programs across the US Virgin Islands and has been an avid supporter of the US Virgin Islands Department of Education. The foundation is closely following the stations success. When students are given the opportunity to shape their education, their motivation and learning skyrocket, Jeffrey Epstein asserted. Student listeners will be equally inspired. In addition to funding education, the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation has also funded youth programs in the arts, sports and humanities, such as the St. Thomas Baseball Explorers and the Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra.
The stations founder, Alexander Randall, is the chairman of UVIs Department of Music, Communication, Arts and Theater and headed a class on radio production. Radio students were given a weekly time on the local broadcaster Radio 1, to report news and collected opinions. Eventually, an impressed UVI President David Hall approached Randall about creating a school station.
Today, the WUVI station reaches the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Dominica and will seek a switch to solar-powered radio waves.
The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation supports a wide range of youth initiatives across the US Virgin Islands. Jeffrey Epstein is a native New Yorker, a financier and a science and education philanthropist. In 2003, he established the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University with a $30 million dollar grant. He is a former member of the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, Rockefeller University in New York, the New York Academy of Science and sits on the board of the Mind, Brain and Behavior Committee at Harvard University.
The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation was founded by science philanthropist, Jeffrey Epstein in 2000. The foundation supports scientific research around the world and financed the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University with a $30 million dollar grant. The foundation has since expanded to support education and youth initiatives throughout the US and the US Virgin Islands.
The Explorers has a compelling background. It was founded in the early 1990's by the juvenile criminal courts in St. Thomas to guide juvenile offenders. Headed by Michael Bute, their director and a regular umpire for the Little League World Series, the St. Thomas Explorers utilizes sports as a means of empowerment and discipline. "The Explorers focuses on the development of baseball skills to improve the physical and academic skill of youth," Bute said.
The Explorers have several divisions: a 10 and Under division, a 12 and Under team, a 14 and Under team and 18 and Under team. All of the teams compete locally and across the United States and have amassed an impressive record of championships.
Recently, the 12 and Under team clinched the championship in the Hang Ten Tournament, part of the Cal Ripken Tournament. The 14 and Under team obtained third place. In the past year, the Explorers sent two teams to Disney's Turn Back the Clock Youth Baseball Tournament at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida and participated in the Little League World Series, the world's largest organized youth sports program.
"The Explorers are a stellar example of how inspiring the young can propel them into a life of purpose and success," Jeffrey Epstein noted, whose foundation has backed numerous education initiatives. Jeffrey Epstein is a former member of Rockefeller University, the New York Academy of Science, the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations and sits on the board of the Mind, Brain and Behavior Committee at Harvard University.
NEW YORK/ The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation has provided essential funds to Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of the USVI, which launched the first Head Start program for children in the Caribbean. Head Start is a long standing federal program enacted by Congress in in 1981, to advance the education of young children during their formative years before kindergarten.
Founded in 2000 by the science philanthropist, Jeffrey Epstein, the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation supports science research around the world but has since expanded into education and youth initiatives across the US Virgin Islands.
The success of Head Start caught the attention of LSS which is located on St. Croix. LSS is the oldest known charity for children in the US Virgin Islands. Founded in 1904 by Princess Louise of Denmark to combat infant mortality, LSS expanded in 1917 to three buildings, including an orphanage for girls. In 1967, the buildings were transferred to a local board of directors and became known as Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands.
Today, LSS provides houses for the disabled, elderly and orphanages for abandoned and abused children. Their education program stands as a role model for the Caribbean. Started in 2003, their Center-Based Program of Early Head Start serves their younger children as well as low income children in Frederiksted. Classrooms encourage each child's individual development. With an emphasis on manipulatives, on visual and audio stimuli, and on independent discovery, the program seeks to develop cognitive, physical, creative, social and emotional needs. LSS also provides a vast outreach Head Start program, encouraging each child's development in their own homes. The Early Head Start Program works in partnership with the Department of Human Services and the Department of Health.
"Lutheran Social Services' Head Start program is a critical example of how early development dramatically, if not physiologically stimulates a child's mind for a lifetime of motivation and achievement," Jeffrey Epstein remarked. Jeffrey Epstein is a former member of Rockefeller University, the New York Academy of Science, the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations and sits on the board of the Mind, Brain and Behavior Committee at Harvard University.
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Jeffrey Epstein, Financier, Backs the Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra
NEW YORK/ One of the most successful youth orchestras in the US Virgin Islands is called the Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra. Based out of St. Thomas, the orchestra is a non-profit organization, designed to educate and inspire underprivileged students in the world of music.
The orchestra has just received critical funding from the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation. Known for supporting science research around the United States, the foundation also actively supports education and youth initiatives across the Virgin Islands.
The Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra has inspiring origins. It was established in 1981 by Judge Emeritus of the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, Verne A. Hodge, as a means to minimize the growing number of juvenile offenders appearing in his courtrooms. Concentrating on the magic that steel pan has always held for the youth of the Virgin Islands, Judge Hodge began an experimental after school program to inspire, educate and uplift students.
The program became so successful that today the orchestra serves more than 2500 students on St. Thomas and St. Croix. Many alumni now serve in professional orchestras around the world and the orchestra's flag flies proudly in front of the courthouse beside the US and Virgin Island flags. cont...
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students at the launch of WUVI
The St. Thomas Baseball Explorers
Lutheran Social Services of the USVI
Children at Lutheran Social Services of the USVI
The Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra