From its humble beginnings in a small storefront in Logan Heights, Barrio Station has relocated five times in the community to increasingly larger facilities until 1980 when it obtained its present 50,000 square-foot Barrio Youth Center facility located in the heart of Barrio Logan, a historical area of Logan Heights.
Barrio Station was developed with the input and support of its target population and the surrounding communities and clients of its City, County and privately funded programs. Since 1970 it has maintained excellent rapport with community youth and parents, in part by recruiting culturally competent, bilingual (English/Spanish) staff from the target community. Barrio Station is one of the oldest Latino community agencies in San Diego. Barrio Station serves over 2,500 youth ages six (6) to eighteen (18) through center based activities, sport competition and outings and counseling/resources for an additional 500 youth, families and senior citizens in all ares of need.
Barrio Station’s “Barrio Youth Center” - This center meets the communities’ need for free after-school activities, furthering the Barrio Station’s basic mission: to discourage delinquency, youth violence and gang involvement, and encourage civic responsibility and successful school performance among the youth.
Youth centers help make neighborhoods safer and enhance the children’s sense of community pride and a realization of their own positive capabilities. By giving children a positive direction at an earlier age, it will help lower the incidents of delinquency in the neighborhood, decreasing graffiti, vandalism and other anti-social behaviors. The youth are provided with safe, fun stimulating programs at Barrio Station. Most of these children would otherwise be left unsupervised during the critical hours between school dismissal and early evening, when their parents come home from work. Barrio Station programs fill these hours with healthy and positive alternatives to delinquent behavior, enhance the children’s creativity and give them new insights into the wider world beyond the neighborhood.
Barrio Station has operated programs that have been funded from $1,000 to $350,000 in areas of youth programs and services from sources like the City of San Diego, San Diego County, The United Way of San Diego, the James and Helen Copley Foundation, California Wellness Foundation, The Parker Foundation, The San Diego Foundation, The Weingart-Price Fund TSDF, San Diego Ship Repair Association, Chevron Corporation, Price Gallinson Collaborative Fund TSDF, Union Bank, San Diego Gas & Electric, Cox Communications, DLA Piper LLP US, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, NOMAR San Diego, David C. Copley, The Imperial Court, Del Corazon, and a $1,000,000 facility renovation gift from John and Rebecca Moores Foundation.