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26/5/2015 - Spain - Award for Salesian Youth Centres for Immigrants

(ANS - Valencia) -The Spanish League for Education and Popular Culture has conferred an award on the "CACE" project of the Valdocco Federation of Salesian youth centres. The prize was given on 20 May at the University of Valladolid. It is testimony to the good work being done in the centres for the integration of immigrants.

The project is called CACE (in Spanish, Centres for Care and Education). It is an integrated project aimed at children and young people who are second-generation immigrants, to detect those who are socially or educationally disadvantaged, to develop a coordinated action with social and educational institutions and to raise awareness and promote a culture of ​​education to values.

To do this, the centres of the Valdocco Federation run various activities such as remedial education, activities to develop for social skills, workshops on study skills, personalized support and training for families, Spanish classes, health education, cultural trips, school camps and so one.

Since 2009, these activities have been financed by the Ministry of Employment and Social Security and by the European Fund for Integration. Every year the Spanish League of Education and Popular Culture chooses the ten best practices on social integration from among those financed by the Fund. The jury granted an award to the CACE project of the Salesian youth centres for their work in 2013.

At the award ceremony, Laura González, Technical Secretary of the Federation, Érika Cruz, Technical Director of programmes, and Santi Domínguez represented the Executive Council of the Salesian Youth Centres in Spain and presented the CACE project.

The project includes twelve youth centres belonging to the Federation: Boscoarévalo (Arevalo, Ávila), Cejusa (Madrid), Citycentro (Madrid), La Rokosa (La Roda, Albacete), Las Aves (Aranjuez, Madrid), Las Naves (Alcala de Henares, Madrid), María Auxiliadora (Salamanca), Nuruber (Bejar, Salamanca), Paseo (Madrid), Pizarrales (Salamanca), Puertobosco (Puertollano, Ciudad Real) and Savio (Madrid).

The Valdocco Federation works in connection with other federations of youth centres in different Spanish autonomous communities, united under the umbrella of the Confederation of Don Bosco Youth Centres in Spain. All youth centres and associations run projects similar to the one that won the award, depending on the needs of the young people they care for and on their means.

At present in Spain there are 104 Salesian youth centres, run by 3,205 leaders and serving some 33,000 children.

Images of the project and of the award are available at the following link.

Published 26/05/2015

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