This is us. 

The Don Bosco Youth Leadership Centre was founded in 1997. 

We are a non-profit youth community centre that reaches out annually to over 1000 children, teens and families in the East end of Montreal.  Named after Saint John Bosco, a universally recognized educator and evangelizer of the young, the DBYLC strives to follow in his footsteps. 


The mission of the DBYLC is to foster the development of honest citizens, good and kind young people and building positive leaders.  This mission is carried out through a variety of youth activities that have as their finality education, prevention, and leadership training.  

Don Bosco used to say: “Give the most to those who have the least.”  The DBYLC is particularly attentive to needier youth: those from poorer families, in dysfunctional family settings, or influenced by negative and harmful peer influences. We welcome all languages and cultures in our programming.


Prevention. Education.

Leadership...with a purpose.

We implement an active leadership presence that develops trustworthy and nurturing friendships in a safe and supervised environment. Through mentorship, we provide opportunities for today's youth culture to share their gifts and talents for the betterment of others and our community. We are an active and recongizied partner of the City of Montreal.

"No one is invisible. Everyone is someone" is one of our many motto's at the DBYLC. We encourage young people to express themselves in a positive way that promotes a healthy lifestyle and that provides a connection between the DBYLC, their home and school.  

All our programs and events are supported by volunteers, stagiers and contracted staff that are led by the leadership team of Theo Vecera, Anna Tafuto, Fr. Richard Authier (SDB) and Robert Leclerc. Contracted staff are young adults (who many were once teenagers and/or campers at the YLC) who receive 500$ to lead a youth/teen program from October to May. This money comes from our annual fundraisers organized by our youth leaders and donations from our community. 

The goal is for youth and teens to have a wonderful "SafeFun" experience, everlasting memories, new friendships and the opportunity to grow as a confident young person who knows they have value and purpose. Join us anytime during the year! We welcome donations/$$$ that can benefit our youth. Income tax reciepts available. Info?

Click here for our latest Program mission guide.

Meet the DBYLC Leadership team!

Fr. Richard Authier 

Centre Salesien building and DBYLC Director

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