Youth Development

Salesian Missions

Our mission gives hope to millions of youth around the globe. What is your mission?

aka Salesian Missions

New Rochelle, NY


Salesian Missions, headquartered in New Rochelle, New York, is part of the Don Bosco Network — a worldwide federation of Salesian non-governmental organizations. The mission of the U.S.-based nonprofit Catholic organization is to provide support and raise funds to assist needy youth and families through programs carried out by Salesian missionaries. Millions of youth facing adversity have received services specifically funded by Salesian Missions and its donors. Funds are also raised to assist with humanitarian emergencies caused by natural disasters, wars and violence.

Notes from the Nonprofit

Our Missions include: primary and secondary education, helping homeless youth (orphanages), gender equalilty, workforce development, youth clubs (oratorios), food security, health social services, refugees & internally displaced populations, infrastructure development, clean water initiative, humanitarian assistance, moral & spiritual development, and our Salesian Lay Missionary program.

Salesian Missions has special Consultative Status with ECOSOC (the NGO Branch of the United Nations). A representative works at the U.N. headquarters in New York City and serves as a liaison to Salesians world-wide by participating in meetings and working groups aimed at solving some of the world's most pressing problems facing marginalized youth.

Ruling Year



Father Mark Hyde S.D.B.

Main Address

2 Lefevre Lane

New Rochelle, NY 10801 USA


youth, poverty, education, schools, street children, job training, agriculture, food security, religious, disaster, relief, salesian, gender equity,





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a religious organization.

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

All of the programs that receive funding from Salesian Missions are operated by missionaries who have made a lifelong commitment to give the world's neediest children the chance for a better life. This work began in 1859 by a young visionary priest named John (Don) Bosco, along with 18 other young men who were once street children. Their calling was to bring hope to thousands of poor youth. Their goal was to instill in them the confidence and skills they needed to survive and provide opportunities to break the bonds of poverty. This work continues today, with tens of thousands being called to serve and millions of children being helped. But the work carried out by these missionaries (many in places no one else is willing to go) cannot continue if we do not support the formation of a new generation of Salesians. That is why Salesian Missions has made this support a priority.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Humanitarian Assistance

Refugees & Internally Displaced Populations

Gifts-In-Kind & Excess Property

Food Security

Work Force Development, Vocational Training and Primary/Secondary Education

Clean Water Initiative

Formation of Salesian Seminarians

Gender Equality

Health & Medical Services

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Salesian Missions provides support and raises funds to assist poor youth and their families in more than 130 countries around the globe. Through schools, educational, social and workforce development programs, the Salesians work to help break the cycle of poverty and help youth lead productive and happy lives. Millions of youth facing adversity have received services specifically funded by Salesian Missions and its donors. Funds are also raised to assist with humanitarian emergencies caused by natural disasters, wars and violence. Salesian Missions programs target poor youth who live in both rural and urban settings.

Salesian Missions programs do much more than just provide food and shelter. The primary goal is providing education. In order to do that most effectively, Salesian missionaries believe that youth must first have safety, shelter and their basic needs met. Then they are able to focus on their studies, earn an education and find livable wage employment. Because Salesian missionaries live and work within the communities they serve, programs are tailored to address the local needs. Salesian Missions operates programs in the following categories: youth education and trade schools; infrastructure and capacity building; health services; emergency relief; women empowerment; homeless youth; refugee camps; and displaced populations; youth clubs; and food security programs.

Salesian Missions programs are carried out by more than 30,000 priests, brothers and sisters who serve as Salesians of Don Bosco (S.D.B.), the second largest order in the Roman Catholic Church. They are also joined by thousands of passionate volunteers, committed lay staff, and generous donors. Because the Salesians are on the ground and members of local communities, they have a unique perspective and ability to modify programs and services to meet the local need. The Salesian network is able to respond quickly and efficiently to deliver customized programming that assists youth in the most targeted and effective manner possible. The organization also has numerous partnerships with government agencies, other NGOs and local services in the communities they serve to help further support their mission.

Salesian Missions relies on local reporting of the number of youth served in programs as well as program evaluation activities to assess the overall effectiveness of local programs. Youth receiving services also have significant changes in their lives—many moving from living in poverty conditions or on the streets into programs that increase their nutrition, health and overall wellness. Graduation rates of students and those finding livable wage employment are also tracked.

More than 3 million youth have received services funded by Salesian Missions. The organization operates more than 5,500 Salesian schools around the globe. Youth in more than 130 countries are decreasing their risks, breaking the cycle of poverty, and becoming contributing members of local communities. Poverty, disease, natural disasters and food insecurity affecting poor youth and their families remain a global priority and while Salesian Missions has made significant accomplishments, the need persists. Salesian Missions will continue to provide innovative designed programming that is customized to meet the immediate needs of the youth and communities it serves.

External Reviews


Lumens Awards - Best Major Donor Appeal 2010

National Catholic Development Conference

Affiliations & Memberships

Direct Marketing Association 2015

Combined Federal Campaign 2015

The Non Profit Alliance 2018

Great NonProfits 2018



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