The Salesians of Don Bosco are an international organisation of Catholic Priest, Brothers and Sisters who run Youth Centres in practically every country of the world, patricianly in the poorer third world countries. In Australia we have Youth Centres, Hostels, Schools, Camps and other youth activities in every State except Queensland.
The Salesians of Don Bosco were founded by John Bosco and Mary Mazzarello last century in Northern Italy. During the Industrial Revolution youth as young as 12 years of age were flocking to the big cities of Italy looking for work. In the city of Turin many couldn't find work and became street kids who turned to crime simply to survive. Don Bosco roamed the back streets of Turin inviting these young people at risk to his Youth Centre and later on was able to provide accommodation for them and teach them trades such as carpentry, tailoring, shoe making and masonry. Such were the humble beginning of what is now an international organisation helping young people worldwide, especially those most in need.
The Salesians of Don Bosco manage the Centre and provide 4 full-time staff, to ensure adequate and friendly supervision at all times, and train a large number of Adult Volunteers and Youth Leaders to work together with them. The young people are encouraged to take a very active part in the planning and running of the various programs.