To achieve its goals, SDB officials say that young people who have been enrolled in the program, along with their family members, participate in workshops where they (the young people) tell personal stories of resilience and new beginnings.
The program also focuses on “personal development, drawing and parenting skills”, they say.
In the August 15 report, Paulo Cayeye says his life has changed thanks to the Salesian initiative.
Cayeye started getting in trouble with the law when she was 10 years old. He spent most of his life on the streets where he was introduced to drugs and crime, the report says, and quotes Cayeye as saying, “I had a very turbulent and dangerous life because of what I was doing. We caused a lot of sadness and pain. We were five friends and no one could stop us.
One of Cayeye’s friends was shot while trying to rob a store. At the time, Cayeye was undergoing rehabilitation.
He says: “I spent almost two years in this centre, and when I got out, I decided to change my life and listen to my parents.
He joined the Salesian program where he says he received “medical and psychological care, as well as technical and practical courses, which greatly contributed to my recovery with the full support of my family”.
“Thanks to the Salesians, I am now a new person, ready to help other young people,” Cayeye reportedly said.
In the report, Cayeye urged parents who have “difficult children…not to abandon their children when they are in trouble and to help them change their behavior.”
“I am an example of this change, thanks to the program “A new start” and to the Salesians. I have gone back to school and am taking a technical course in mechanics, which is one of my dreams that I hope to help my parents with,” Cayeye said in the August 15 report.