The Mentoris Project is a series of novels and biographies about the lives of great Italians and Italian-Americans, men and women who have changed history through their contributions as scientists, inventors, explorers, thinkers, and creators. The Barbera Foundation sponsors this series in the hope that, like a mentor, each book will inspire the reader to discover how she or he can make a positive contribution to society. 



What would it be like to meet the man who inspired Thomas Jefferson? Or hike through New Mexico's mountains with Enrico Fermi? Our biographies and novels take you on great adventures. 

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It is our intention to inspire the reader in a very tangible way: To finish any of these books saying, “I can do something great, too.” 

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The Foundation

The Barbera Foundation’s mission is to encourage and inspire young people to create a stronger future by supporting educational initiatives that foster an appreciation of history and culture. 

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