Hugo Torres, joined the SFC team in 2017. He is the Director of Programs for Siena Youth Center and a classroom teacher for Holy Family School at the St. Francis Center. He has his BS in American Studies with a minor in Business Administration from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. He is certified to teach kindergarten through grade nine and holds endorsements in language arts, social studies, and mathematics.
All of Mr. Torres’ work has always been centered around Latino youth, education, and service. Before moving to California, Mr. Torres worked with the Latino youth in the town of Cicero in Illinois. He spent a total of 10 years with the Cicero Youth Commission as a volunteer, supervisor, and eventually director of programs. At the age of 17, Mr. Torres ran, managed, and operated his own after school and summer camp programs. He immediately made changes and implemented systems that helped the organization focus on being a fun, safe, and education environment for the youth. He also spent some time with Family Focus as the Community Schools Lead Instructor, where he taught classes focused on literacy and mathematics. At the same time, Mr. Torres served as the Program Coordinator for Community-based Learning at Dominican University for 3 years, where he helped college students get involved in organized community service that correlated to their courses.
Mr. Torres believes in building strong, personable, and meaningful relationships with the youth and their families. After school, Mr. Torres spends time tutoring and mentoring his students and the youth in the community. Being a child of immigrants and a first-generation college graduate, Mr. Torres will always emphasize the importance of education.