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Amy (Schaltegger) Escoto
Young Alumni Award

Most of us spend our lives wishing the world were a better place and others do something to change it. Since graduating from North Attleboro High School less than fifteen years ago, Amy (Schaltegger) Escoto has dedicated her life to helping families in need all across the Americas.

Amy graduated cum laude from St. Anselm’s College in 1997 with a BA in Sociology and Certificate in Spanish. While attending St. A’s, Amy studied for a semester in Quito, Ecuador, and while there she volunteered helping homeless elderly and children in poverty. Immediately after graduating, Amy joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corp and moved to San Antonio, Texas. In this role, Amy served as the Director of Social Services at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, providing emergency and on-going assistance to inner-city residents. She managed holiday giving, commodities, and outreach to homebound elderly, and she co-lead youth groups serving area adolescents at risk. As if this were not enough, Amy used her spare time to volunteer at the Casa Guadalupe Foster Home.

After completing her time in Texas, Amy decided to take her positive impact international. Amy began a three-year stay from 1999 to 2001 working for Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) in Honduras. NPH is a home for 600 abandoned and orphaned children. While at NPH, Amy served as the House Parent in the adolescent girls home and was the primary care taker for 35 adolescent girls. She also acted as the Volunteer Coordinator, managing the cross-cultural volunteer program of 25 North American and European year-long full-time volunteers. Amy then moved on to a new role during her final year in Honduras, acting as a Social Worker in NPH’s follow-up program. In this position, Amy supported former residents of the home by performing case management and assessing the need for emergency assistance, scholarships, and small loans.

Since returning to the US in 2001, Amy has obtained a Masters in Social Work from The University of New Hampshire and started a career in social work helping the people in the Manchester, New Hampshire area. Amy’s roles have included developing service projects across the colleges and universities of New Hampshire, working as a social worker at a Teen Health Clinic leading HIV education, performing case management for pregnant teens, and acting as the primary contact for Spanish-speaking clients.

As if she hasn’t done enough, Amy currently holds two jobs. Her first position is helping at-risk adolescents at a public alternative middle school, ensuring the kids get the help and services they need. Second, she is working with children of migrant agricultural workers to help ensure that, in spite of the fact that their families move around a lot, they are able to receive an education equal to that of non-migrant students.

The most amazing thing about the life Amy is leading is the remarkable positive attitude she has about her work. She does this work not as a sacrifice, but as if there is no other way to live. Tonight we thank her for her contributions to the underprivileged in the world.