Build the Dream Scholarship Foundation

The Claretians of San Gabriel Mission and Our Lady Queen of Angeles – Placita Church,  Jovenes, Inc., and Church of the Epiphany, with the support of outstanding community leaders, share a mission to financially support youth in their dreams for a higher education, and to improve their quality of life through opportunities to offer volunteer community service. Scholarship awards vary on the application, but are generally $1K.


Claretians of San Gabriel Mission

At the San Gabriel Mission, a new era of growth and vitality began in 1908 with the arrival of the Claretian Missionaries. Following the charism of their founder, Saint Anthony Claret, the Claretians restored, rebuilt, reorganized, and rejuvenated the Mission into new spiritual life. When the Claretians opened a parochial school in 1912, the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose arrived to begin a fruitful service of education at the Mission. In 1949, Mission High School opened to enhance even further our service to the youth of the community.


Jovenes, Inc.

Located in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, Jovenes is a place of personal transformation for homeless, at-risk youth, ages 18-25, giving them a chance to create a path to personal growth and success. Jovenes provides stable housing, skills training, and employment support designed to create independent living and help at-risk youth become  productive, responsible members of the community. Our mission is personal self-sufficiency and permanent solutions to end the cycle of homelessness.


Our Lady Queen of Angels, La Placita Church

Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church—known by locals as La Placita Church—is the oldest church in the city of Los Angeles and today serves as an active parish of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.


Church of the Epiphany

For over one-hundred-twenty years Church of the Epiphany has been an important part of the Lincoln Heights section of Los Angeles, having a role in the struggle for Latino rights during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Church of the Epiphany sponsored events celebrating Mexican and Indigenous culture; it served as the home of La Raza – the Chicano newspaper; the Chicano Moratorium was planned there; and the Brown Berets met there to plan political action. This tradition of service continues today and in 2005 Epiphany was designated a historical landmark by the City of Los Angeles.


Members of the Organizing Committee:

Fr. Richard Estrada, Founder of Build the Dreams and Jovenes, Inc.

Andrea Marchetti, Executive Director Jovenes, Inc.

Yolanda Aguerrebere, Educational Consultant

Guillermo Armenta, Our Lady Queen of Angels

Rebecca Rodarte-Byrne, Human Resources Consultant

Jess Montes, Business Development

Eliseo Tenorio, Human Resources Management

Jerry Velasco, El Monte Planning Commissioner

Denise Menchaca, Menchaca & Company, LLP

Chuck Lyons, Marketing & PR Director

Fr. Bruce Wellems, Founder of Build the Dreams