This month we have plenty of activities to start the year with! Here you have a short resume! We hope you enjoy it!
Our staff got together to celebrate Christmas and New Years. We were delated by an excellent performance from our Drill Team from Roosevelt. Great way to end and start the new year!
A big thanks to our staff for always being there for the children of our community!
Christmas Celebration with our Children
We also celebrated Christmas with our children! We had games, food and lots of Fun!
Working with St. Mary's Church!
The Salesian Family Youth Center is collaborating with St. Mary’s Church Confirmation Program. We support the program by teaching classes and creating a youth group that develop leadership skills.
TAC students received a guest speaker Dr. Velma Montoya one of our previous Board Members. She informed our young people of a possible internship at Los Angeles Pediatric Society and the perks of being part of this opportunity. Anyone was welcome regardless if they were part of the TAC club.
Salesians helping homeless in East Los Angeles By Jc Montenegro and Johnny Martinez
For the last year, the Salesian Family Youth Center has been the place where once a month, homeless meet and share God’s love. Johnny Martinez, the group leader, started this group to serve God among the less fortunate. The meetings begin at 7 PM with a welcoming and opening prayer, then they read the Bible with a sharing process among each other, and the meeting ends with a closing prayer. What is fantastic is that together with Johnny, you can find a group of young adults supporting this effort.
Last week we had the Christmas and New Years celebration, all of our guests were so excited to be there. The volunteers prepared a delicious Asian kitchen, and after reflecting on the Bible and the season, all participants shared the table. This young lady saw these cookies, she tasted them with so much joy that makes that it made us think about the things hat we take for granted. Yes, in this Christmas season, how many things we take by given? In the sharing, another homeless who had a hand swelled shared that he was able to get better because he had three things in life that he keep it. 1.- to have a positive mind, 2.- not to take things for granted and 3.- to be humble.
I (Jc) have never thought that a homeless person can have these thoughts. None the less, this experience has helped us to understand that every human being has a family; every human being is loved by someone… It has challenged us to keep treating people with love and respect no matter who they are and where they are coming from. We all are God’s children with less or more problems, but we all are God’s children. May the reflection help us to humanize the people that society dehumanizes. Jesus came for the poor and the needy, and we have many people who are poor and needy close to us!
Iceskating with Middle School Members
Middle school was able to go ice skating in Pershing Square with their tutors and enjoyed the day out of the ice!
Salesian Family Youth Center got support from Latin America
Fr Juan Carlos Quirarte from Mexico Guadalajara and James Areiza from Colombia Medellin spend one week working at the Salesian Family Youth Center. Their main objective was to strengthen the great job being done at Boyle Heights in Los Angeles, where over 1,900 children are served yearly.
The project started by analyzing the reality at the Salesian Family Youth Center. They analyzed personnel, processes, clients, and reviewing general how the club is doing. They found out some strong points like motivated staff, good organizational structure, great location, good collaboration with St Mary’s church, among others.
All this analysis was done by meeting with all personnel at different levels of responsibility and reviewing the 2018-2021 strategic plan. They contacted if what is being written is being put into practice in the daily activity.
As a result of this analysis, they also gave some recommendations among them we have:
To improve the visibility of the club. Making sure there are clear signs and motivational posters around the club. They also suggested it may be a good idea to paint a mural at the entrance of the club.
Salesian ongoing formation. It was recommended that the team and the children have a precise Salesian ongoing formation. This formation must be something that is combined with professional development.
Develop an emotional salary concept at the club, understanding that money is not everything, and the question is how the club can motivate its employees emotionally.
Ongoing recruitment activity was suggested that the club should continuously recruit children not only at the beginning of the year and during the summer camp.
Develop collaboration among all the Salesian presences in Los Angeles as it is being done with St Mary’s church
The visit of these two Salesians is part of the strengthening project of the social works at the regional level, where 18 countries are participating.
Immigration affect us too...
SHOUT has always appreciated the students that walk through our doors. Masoyoshi has been in SHOUT since he started High School and has never failed to be part of our program. Unfortunately, due to immigration circumstances he is no longer part of the SHOUT family or located in the United States. He will continue his youth leadership skills in Queretaro, Mexico. We are looking to find a way to help him continue to be part of the Salesians in Mexico. Wishing nothing but the best for Masayoshi may he continue pursuing his dreams!
Roosevelt High School Cheer Team gathering together to motivate, inspire, and give each other feedback at the end of their practice. This is a reminder to the team that they are one as a whole, in order to get better they need to continue working together.
Supporting our Band!
Roosevelt High School Band performing in the Downtown Las Vegas Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. The trip was filled with a lot of excitement, parent involvement, and spirit. This year the whole band not only did they represent Roosevelt H.S., but SHOUT/SFYC as well.
Welcome Ollie Rivers our new volunteer
We want to welcome Ollie Rivers from UK. He is here to volunteer at the club until May when he will go back to his country to continue with his life.
Thank you so much for being part of our family!
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