Four youths aged 13-16 and their parents/guardians, together with Fr. Gerald Steinmetz and two FOCES Board members, traveled from Albuquerque to San Salvador for the Youth Delegation. The project they chose to support was working with at-risk adolescents (becarios) in El Escobal, La Herradura. The delegates presented and participated in role-reversal, role-playing, yoga, and other workshops focused on esteem-building and developing skills to help cope with violence and gang threats in their communities and families. The delegation also cleaned the community daycare center and painted a mural on the front to brighten the space. Younger children in the community were treated to books, games, coloring, and other fun activities.
After lunch hosted by a local family, the delegation attended Catholic mass in the community chapel, celebrated by Fr. Gerry.