A Legacy of Service with Excellence
In partnership with God, our mission is to enable all people, especially the young and those who need us most, to realize their fullest potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
The Don Bosco Center seeks to fulfill its mission by fostering economic development through programs that have at their core education and food security.
Afterschool and Summer Camp
Don Bosco offers meaningful opportunities to children with limited resources to participate in educational and recreational programs in a safe and nurturing environment all year round!
Afterschool and Enrichment
After school programs include homework and reading support, educational enrichment, and recreational activities for young scholars from 2nd to 8th grade. Students encounter leading edge STEAM and STEM classes, including robotics, coding, photography, and more!
Summer Camps at the Center makes it possible for up to 225 children to attend camp over a six-week period, with families covering just 20% of the total cost. Students experience educational and recreational activities while receiving a healthy breakfast, snack, and hot lunch daily.
Since 2016, The Early Childhood Bilingual Program has helped to educate over 100 children ages 3 and 4 and their immigrant parents to be better prepared for school readiness by focusing on the development of key areas:
• Social-emotional learning
• Parent-child engagement
• Bilingual education and literacy
Bilingual teachers are certified in bilingual education and early childhood development; volunteer interns act as teachers and program aides. This program runs during summer time, when there is the greatest loss of language and learning; it continues during the academic year on Saturday mornings.
First Generation College Access Scholars Program
The Don Bosco Scholars Program focuses on helping and preparing first-generation college applicants to navigate the college admissions process: college lists, college essays, eight-week Carnegie Test Prep course, applications, securing grants, scholarships, and other financial aid, including making the transition to college. Since 2016, our coaching team has helped 79 students to attend their dream college!
Food Security and Support
Core to the mission of enabling all people to live healthy and productive lives, the Don Bosco Center has three programs to provide access to food security and support:
Serving both breakfast and lunch, the soup kitchen serves over 66,000 meals annually.
The Children’s Closet provides clothing, books, and toys to children and families in need.
Open two days a week, the food pantry provides groceries to over 18,500 individuals annually.