Leave behind your fears and begin to experience new situations you did not know before

By: Veronica LapetraSalesian Summer Camp Volunteer from Spain Veronica volunteered at the Salesian Family Youth Center in 2019, and she returned in 2022 to volunteer at Camp Savio in Bellflower. At the end of her experience, Veronica shares with us what this volunteer experience has meant to her, and what she has learned from it for life. Hello! My name is Veronica, and I am … Continue reading Leave behind your fears and begin to experience new situations you did not know before

Lets save a starfish – Part III

By: Luis ChaconProvince Coordinator for Volunteers The previous two weeks I shared the experience of these migrant children in the United States.  They express the risks that migrant children suffer here, and also  brainstorm solutions that in this Province we could consider for future ministry. It must be remembered that these children have grown up in Salesian environments and that despite not being more than … Continue reading Lets save a starfish – Part III

Lets save a starfish – Part II

By: Luis ChaconProvince Coordinator for Volunteers Last week we started the article “Let’s save a starfish” where I shared the experience of a migrant family arriving in this country. Here is the continuation of the experience of the children.   I also am offering ideas from their parents about how we might help these children and young people. “We traveled to Los Angeles without knowing where … Continue reading Lets save a starfish – Part II

“Someone else needs this sandwich more than I do”

By: Luis ChaconProvince Coordinator for Volunteers Month after month we have carried out our homeless outreach, sometimes it is a bit difficult to find time for this activity, however we did not want to let the summer go by without doing this experience that always helps us to be more empathic with our brothers and sisters. On this occasion, the volunteers who came from Spain … Continue reading “Someone else needs this sandwich more than I do”

Home is where The Club is

By Katie McDonaldSacramento State University, 2020 – BS Deaf Studies and Minor in Child Development It’s June 2000, and the Saint’s Peter and Paul church bells just rang. It is noon, early dismissal. Children flood the playground and rush into the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club. The last day of school is exciting for many reasons, but the only one that was on my mind … Continue reading Home is where The Club is

“For you I study, for you I work…”

By: Luis ChaconProvince Coordinator for Volunteers As you may have heard, in January the Salesian Family Youth Center joined the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. We have had the opportunity to meet, learn, participate, and collaborate in different committees, meetings, and councils to make the difference in the world of formal and non-formal education. On July 25, a unique opportunity was presented to me … Continue reading “For you I study, for you I work…”

Salesian Family Youth Center Summer Experience

By J.C MontenegroExecutive Director Are you ready to experience the love? For the last two months, we have been MIA “Missing in Action.” Once our summer program started, we did not have time to share all the fantastic work at the Salesian Family Youth Center. Nonetheless, the work was done! We changed many lives. In this blog, we would like to pay tribute to all … Continue reading Salesian Family Youth Center Summer Experience

Beating the Summer Heat at Camp SLR – Camp San Luis Rey

By Bro. Quang Nguyen, SDBCamp Assistant Many people look forward to summer every year. People look forward to vacations with their families and friends, and some simply want to rest. Students still in school look forward to three months break from studying to spend time with families, and friends, and rejuvenate before going back to school. Summer is not only for vacation and rest but … Continue reading Beating the Summer Heat at Camp SLR – Camp San Luis Rey

The Return of Camp St. Francis

By Fr. Vien Nguyen, SDBCamp Coordinator THE RETURN OF CAMP ST. FRANCIS When the campers show up, the sun breaks through the sky and the sound of music accompanies the laughter of kids, Camp Saint Francis becomes alive again. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the summer program at Camp St. Francis was open once again. Usually, the summer program lasts four weeks, … Continue reading The Return of Camp St. Francis

What I learned at Camp Savio

By Joselyn RiveraCamp Counselor What has Camp taught me? Camp has taught us many things whether it’s cheers, dances, or how to become more responsible. It has taught us to be more patient and to have better communication with everyone just in general. Before camp I was really nervous and was just in my own zone, I didn’t want to talk to anyone but that … Continue reading What I learned at Camp Savio

Our commitment to Camp Savio

By Joselyn RiveraCamp Counselor What does “Commitment” Even Mean? Commitment is a promise to stick to your values even when times are hard. When I start thinking about commitment the first thing I get reminded of are relationships, but commitment isn’t just that. Other things that require commitment would be working out, having a job, or being part of an organization just like Savio.  Just … Continue reading Our commitment to Camp Savio

Homeless Outreach on Skid Row: A different way of celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus

By: Luis ChaconProvince Coordinator for Volunteers On Sunday, April 17, some of the Salesian presences in the Los Angeles Area decided to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus in a different way: bringing not only food and clothing to our homeless brothers and sisters on Skid Row, but also moments of prayer and letters (with blessings and motivational messages) written by the young people of the … Continue reading Homeless Outreach on Skid Row: A different way of celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus

Salesian Family Youth Center at the Kindness Carnival

On April 30th (Kindness Day), West San Gabriel Valley Boys & Girls Clubs and East Side Clubs, led by JR Dzubak, invited the Salesian Family Youth Center to their first annual Kindness Carnival. The event took place from 11:00AM to 5:00PM near Boyle Heights City Hall. This Kindness Carnival came about as a response to many children and young people feeling alone and lost due … Continue reading Salesian Family Youth Center at the Kindness Carnival

Updates from the Salesian Family Youth Center!

Channel 62 visited our youth center and created this video shown on local TV. They compared our Clubhouse with an oasis! The news is only two minutes long and expresses who we are and what we do for the children of our community. I hope you enjoy this small video. Taking young people to visit the Universities in Northern California. The Salesian Family Youth Center … Continue reading Updates from the Salesian Family Youth Center!

Easter at Saint Mary’s Parish and the Salesian Family Youth Center

By: Luis ChaconProvince Coordinator for Volunteers Saint Mary’s Parish and the Salesian Family Youth Center are a combined Youth Ministry operating under the leadership of CYM Miriam Hernandez.  For the second year during Holy Week St. Mary’s hosted Pascua Juvenil ( Youth Lenten Retreat). The theme was “I Choose to be Holy” and was led by a young adult ministry Heaven Bound and other lay … Continue reading Easter at Saint Mary’s Parish and the Salesian Family Youth Center

English Youth Night: Catholic Social Teachings

By: Luis ChaconProvince Coordinator for Volunteers On Thursday, March 24th, the Boyle Heights Youth Ministry organized the already traditional “Youth Night” for the Confirmation Program. The month’s theme was Catholic Social Teachings and was hosted at the Salesian Family Youth Center. We began at 6:30 pm with the Core Team preparing all the material for prayers and learning about Catholic Social Teachings. I have been … Continue reading English Youth Night: Catholic Social Teachings

Being “living waters of hope”

By: Andres NeriaSocial Communication and Media Coordinator This year’s RE (Religious Education) Congress certainly felt different with the limited number of attendees and exhibitors. Despite that, for those who were in attendance (physically and virtually) there was a sense of hope that it’s still possible to gather, be formed, and share in community our living faith with others.  Participants and organizers support one another while keeping … Continue reading Being “living waters of hope”