Youth Helping Youth

Raising Awareness Among The School Community
"I am so blessed to have been given this life-changing opportunity to help the less fortunate and make a difference in their community" -Griffin Darcey '18

MISSION TRIPS

NICARAGUA

This long-standing mission trip began in 2011 with 7 seniors and has grown to as many as 30 members. The group, coordinated by Fr. Manny Gallo, SDB. and DBP faculty and staff members, work and stay at the Mama Margarita Foundation in Masaya, Nicaragua, dedicated to assisting Nicaragua's most forgotten residents: the children.

This trip raises the consciousness of the students and chaperones who have never witnessed this level of poverty. Students help feed and play with the children, feed the hungry at a dump site, help to build houses for local families, visit local Salesian schools, and serve the disabled at the local hospital.  They also participate in a social justice exercise where students simulate buying food for a family of five on a week’s pay of 1000 Córdoba, the equivalent of about $25.

PUERTO RICO

Don Bosco Prep has continued sending a group of students and chaperones to Puerto Rico during February break. Our mission group has helped clear debris for families who have been hit by Hurricane Maria and also affected by the recent earthquakes.

The boys have also painted several home exteriors, and put together chairs for
a local school. They have spent time in a Salesian school in San Juan, visited with the students, and played basketball with them.

FLORIDA

For the past few years, members of the junior class have helped run a winter camp during Christmas break in an underprivileged immigrant community of Belle Glade, Florida.

Three Kings Camp, an oratory-style camp run out of St. Philip Benizi Parish, is directed by Fr. Matt DeGance, SDB and assisted by Salesians from the DBP community. The boys spend days interacting with the children,while displaying the Salesian spirit of faith and joy with the camp. They also help with maintenance on the church grounds.

WEST VIRGINIA

For two years now, over the Easter break, a group of students have travelled to Nazareth Farm in West Virginia, a non-profit Catholic organization that lives by the four cornerstones of Prayer, Simplicity, Community and Service.  The main objective is for volunteers to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and live in community with other high school volunteers from around the country.

While there, the students participated in service work in the surrounding counties to help repair the homes of those living in substandard conditions. They also took part in leading prayer services and learned about ways that they may live more simply to help our environment.

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Sasika Lokuhettige

    Br. Sasika Lokuhettige SDB 

    Coordinator, Youth Ministry
    201-327-8003 x119
  • Photo of Dalton Friend

    Mr. Dalton Friend 

    Assistant Coordinator, Youth Ministry
    201-327-8003 x175

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