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The Don Bosco Center is a Youth Apostles outreach program to Hispanic middle schoolers in Manassas, Va. The Center provides an integrated program of academic support and reinforcement, faith formation and character development that incorporates healthy recreational activities during the week. Other activities include family-based gatherings or outings that enrich parental involvement and formation.
The Center, located in the Georgetown South Community Center in Manassas, opened its doors in March 2005 and continues to meet regularly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays each week from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. “Family Day” takes place one Saturday a month and is an opportunity for the kids to have food and fun in a safe environment while the parents meet with the program director, Father Ramón Dominguez, YA.
In summer, the program provides two or three different sessions to allow for summer school, family vacations and other activities.
The Don Bosco Center provides an accessible, safe and nurturing environment for youth who may be “at-risk” for violent or gang-related activity. While it is open to all youth from grades 5 through 8, it is focused on serving Hispanic families whose parents typically work multiple jobs and may be removed from their traditional sources of support. As a result, some elements (particularly or the parents) are offered bilingually or solely in Spanish. The program strengthens family support and involvement in coordination with the local Catholic church.
For more information or to inquire about volunteer opportunities, contact
Fr. Ramón Dominguez, YA, Program Director
The center needs adult and teen volunteers in their ninth grade year or above. By volunteering even once a week, you can make a significant difference in the lives of DBC participants.