Strike! An afternoon of making new connections for Teen Volunteers in Action

The SD1 Chapter of Teen Volunteers in Action held what it hopes will be the first of an Annual Bowling Party with kids from the Sudanese American Youth Center of San Diego on Feb. 9 at the Kearney Mesa Bowl.

These groups paired up last year when Wai John Wai, founder of the Youth Center, spoke to the group of young men from TVIA about his experiences as one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan.” The teen volunteers were so touched by Wai’s hardships and his enthusiasm about the future that they couldn’t wait to embrace the Sudanese Center as part of their philanthropic and cultural exchanges.

The day was spent forging new relationships, eating snacks and pizza, and learning to throw a bowling ball straight down the lane. Michael Okello, a 10-year-old who, with his parents, immigrated to San Diego through Kenya in 2008, said his favorite part of the day was “spending time with my friends and making new friends.” “This was my second time bowling and I got a lot better!” James Downey, a TVIA member and a freshman at St. Augustine’s added, “Yeah, Michael did really well, he outscored me!”

TVIA provides a framework for boys in grades 7–12, to volunteer with many organizations throughout San Diego. For more information about TVIA go to