Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank

We are proudly sponsored by the Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank.

Philanthropy Tank fuels and inspires the next generation of change leaders – our youth – or as we like to call them, Positively Disruptive CHANGEmakers. Students identify social issues that confront our community. The program challenges, empowers, and equips them to develop and execute sustainable initiatives and solutions to these problems.

Philanthropist-Investors fund student initiatives, investing in their community projects. Through one-to-one mentoring, philanthropist-investors fuel students’ desire, helping them execute initiatives while increasing their ability to make meaningful change.

The fundamental aims of Philanthropy Tank are to help shape students’ leadership paths and, through their creative solutions, address and improve social issues in our community.

Do you have a community service project idea? Apply for the Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank or get involved in canCode!

This description was taken from the Philanthropy Tank Website

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Mr. John F. Scarpa

Lead Funder and Mentor

Mr. Scarpa is currently an investor and has been an entrepreneur in the cable television and cellular telephone communications industries. He was co-founder, president and COO of American Cellular Network Corporation (NASDAQ), licensed to operate cellular telephone systems in the northeastern U.S. As co-founder of Unitel Wireless Communications Systems, Mr. Scarpa also developed and operated cellular telephone systems throughout the U.S. and was one of the original members of the Cellular One Network. While in the Cable TV Business, he was instrumental in establishing the New Jersey and the Northeast Cable TV Associations.

Through the John F. Scarpa Foundation, he supports education, healthcare, and disadvantaged families. He is the principal benefactor for the Frank and Edith Scarpa Regional Cancer Center at Inspira Health Network in Vineland, N.J. Mr. Scarpa serves on the board of directors of the Town of Palm Beach United Way, The Civic Association of Palm Beach and he is a board member of NECO The National Ethnic Coalition Organization NYC. Also, Mr. Scarpa is the President of the Palm Beach Police Foundation. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from the American University of Rome, Italy, and Villanova Law School, where he established the John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies. He has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2010); the National Italian American Foundation Special Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit (2008); he was the recipient of the Alexis de Tocqueville National Award, and is a $1 million donor. In September 2015, he founded the John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship at Villanova University Law School. In December 2016, the John F. Scarpa Technical Educational Center of Cumberland County was dedicated in his name. Mr. Scarpa and his wife, Jana, reside in Palm Beach, FL and Avalon, N.J.

Ms. Ellen Vahab


Noah is an inspiration to all youth. Noah asked to volunteer at The Youth Activity Center (YAC) to be able to teach the children coding through a program called “Scratch” about 3 or 4 years ago.

Today Noah has a team and is taking it on the road.

The Youth Activity Center children’s eyes light up when they see him walk into the Center. His love, energy, and enthusiasm with his wonderful team of caring computer wizards are amazing. He reaches our children through his fun and excitement of coding. They cannot wait to learn. What could be better than that?

Mary Ellen Gore

Local Coach

Ms. Gore works in corporate and non profit arenas using her expertise in marketing and development to further the organization’s mission and community impact. Ms. Gore coaches Noah Rubin and his canCode team as they introduce coding to elementary school students - creating awareness and interest. She partners with Noah to help him realize his goal of sharing his passion of coding to students by assessing opportunities, strategizing on short and long term goals and implementing canCode’s business plans to achieve success.

Nuntiya Smith

Remote Coach

Mrs. Smith works at the Davidson Institute for Talent Development and is the manager of the Young Scholars Ambassador Program, which is designed to "foster learning and civic engagement through community service, volunteerism and leadership in highly motivated and mature Young Scholars." Mrs. Smith also serves as the main Advisor for the program, and is constantly inspired by these bright, motivated, and compassionate young people. She enjoys guiding them as they strive to reach their goals and make the world a better place.

Mrs. Smith helps our founder, Noah Rubin, by offering guidance, resources, and being a sounding board as he continues to develop and expand his project.