Scott Pralinsky grew up in Athol, MA, and joined the US Air Force where he spent eleven of his thirteen years in the Chaplain Service designing and teaching courses for military members, and providing international humanitarian aid. Outside his work with the government, Scott also consulted with several corporations, including Smith Barney and Time Warner, on training programs, corporate social responsibility, and technology.
In the late 80’s, Scott was chosen by the Mayor of Boston and the Catholic Archbishop of Boston to lead a street outreach program for gang members and those involved in the drug trade. A few years later, he participated in a groundbreaking mentoring program at Riker’s Island Penitentiary in New York, providing support for young inmates.
Scott then moved to Costa Rica in 2003 where he founded a nonprofit called Casa Milagro Foundation. It was initially responsible for bringing international aid to needy communities, the indigenous, national parks and wildlife projects through volunteer projects. Since early 2015, Casa Milagro has been focused on serving children in Costa Rica who are at risk of, or who are survivors of, commercial sexual exploitation.
Scott completed his graduate work in Spiritual Psychology in 2005 from the University of Santa Monica. He’s focused most of his career on providing compassionate support to the economically and socially disadvantaged. He has found that helping people to recognize their own strengths and abilities has allowed them the motivation and strength to take control of their own destinies.