The "San José" CFP was born in 2015 as a new educational pastoral front of the Salesian house "Ángel Zerda", in agreement with the Ministry of Education. The proposal was to answer to the needs expressed by unemployed young people and adults and those with incomplete studies: short courses with immediate work opportunities and certification of skills.
In the first year, the number of students of the courses was 150, both men and women, between 18 and 35 years old, coming from the poor neighborhoods of Salta and immersed in complex family and social situations: people with criminal records, dependencies, a past of violence in family…
In this Salesian center, vocational technical training becomes an instrument and a clear opportunity for educational, social and productive reintegration and, therefore, to improve the quality of personal and family life of these persons.
"The Center currently offers young people four courses: plumbing, painting for construction, electricity and advanced electricity. The courses we offer are short and provide a quick exit, so that the young can work immediately," reported Mrs Gimena Carrizo. While the young Daniel Núñez, of the electricity course, says that this "is a great opportunity for us, a complete course for young people who need it. Right now it's a great benefit for me because I do not have a job."
The objective of "Amarrando Redes de Solidariedad" is to promote mutual help among the various Salesian houses that belong to the "Blessed Artemide Zatti" Province of Northern Argentina.
The activities begin during the school year, and present to the directors, to the heads of the educational centers and to other employees of Salesian works, the needs of the houses that are more vulnerable.
In this first phase of awareness-raising a video is shown that presents some of the work that will benefit from solidarity. Thanks to the generous dedication of families, throughout the year it is possible to gather the necessary help to strengthen the educational-pastoral proposals of the various Salesian presences that accompany children, young people and adults in situations of risk, through a fixed (optional) monthly amount, which is paid together with the school fees.