Community Center Roots – Alfredo Maier

Alfredo Maier traveled from Germany to pay a visit to ASF and his friends at the Community Center in Colonia Tecolote. Many years ago Alfredo lived and worked at the Centro de Comunidad as the supervisor of German Jesuit volunteers who worked as teachers at the center. As a result of his generosity, the Centro was able to purchase the
building where the programs take place. The people of Tecolote and the students of ASF are most grateful to him.

Alfredo shared how gratifying it is to see the community center thriving and continue to provide educational opportunities to the hundreds of families in the neighborhood.

Family Support is an Important part of student success

Twice a year, ASF students invite their parents to an interactive workshop that they participate in together. Recently, Hector Meza and Karina Serrano from CVLCC discussed Cultural Ancestral Teachings and Human Values with the group.

The theme was authentic communication and the barriers that get in the way of expressing ourselves. One aspect of the workshop involved an activity where they reflected on the different masks they put on and how these masks impede or promote effective communication.


Jenn DePoy, board member and long time ASF volunteer, celebrated Posada in Tijuana by collecting over 70 backpacks filled with school supplies utilizing her own network of friends, colleagues and family. Jenn is a gift to our organization and we appreciate her efforts making a lasting impact on the ASF students!

Welcome new ASF students 2017!

All 11 new students are beginning middle schoolers in 7th grade.  Each year prospective new students and their parents attend an informational meeting where they complete a questionnaire , are interviewed and are then subject to a home study. The parameters,
expectations and obligations of the program are explained at this time.  Students are then selected based on economic need, academic records and special circumstances.

They are excited, shy and curious about what the new year holds in store for them.


Mathigami Rocks!

Mathigami curriculum under the direction of Dr. Perla Myers and volunteers from the University of San Diego, was showcased at the ASF meeting in May. Student team projects were created using a combination of Mathigami, traditional origami folds, the engineering design process and a boatload of creativity and imagination! The scenes depicted both traditional fables and original stories that entertained us all!


ASF students are preparing for careers of the futuIMG_0826 (1)re through their participation in a research study applying creative math practices and attitudes through origami projects called Mathigami. This study is being conducted by Dr. Perla Myers, PhD Professor and Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at USD and continues the unique partnership between ASF and USD using STEAM curriculum to expose ASF students to technical career paths and opportunities.

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ASF students Participate in WorldLink

ASF students participated in WorldLink’s 20th Annual Youth Town Meeting where over 700 High School students gathered to discuss issues including Gender, Leadership, and Peace and Security. WorldLink promotes the “connection of youth to global affairs” and ASF students were challenged to look at root causes of social issues and find ways to create meaningful change as the next generation of global citizens.

More information on WorldLink:…/…/worldlink/youth-town-meeting.php
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