The Association

Since 1997, ACAY offers a second chance to youth at risk aged 15 to 23 years old through creative and innovative pedagogical methods which lead them to recover their dignity and find meaning for their lives.

Our Vision

We envision of becoming a model of compassion which will develop into a sense of social responsibility for Asia.

Our Mission

ACAY offers holistic and creative approaches of restoration wherein youth and families in difficult circumstances will re-discover the dignity and meaning of life and take lead in becoming agents of change.

Our Goals

ACAY is recognized for its unique pedagogical approach emphasizing the family spirit, culture of responsibility, culture of creativity and service to others.
  • Provide familial and nurturing environment that offers a sense of belongingness and safety which will rebuild self-esteem and dignity.
  • Enable youth and families to face the consequences of their traumatic experiences and difficult life situations through wholistic interventions for restoration of their psychosocial, emotional and spiritual needs.
  • To empower the family in the restoration process of the youth.
  • Enhance leadership and equip youth and families with academic competence, knowledge and skills that will enable them to be autonomous and face the challenges of daily living.
  • Develop opportunities for youth and families to acquire life values for the service of others and help more deprived Asian people.
  • Develop strategies which reinforce bridges among existing gaps in societal, cultural mentalities for the sake of restoring youth and families.

ACAY Timeline

1995: World Youth Day at Manila, Philippines. Sr. Sophie of Jesus received her call to start a mission for children in difficulty.

1997: Discovered the reality of street life where children and youth are exposed to drugs, alcohol, exploitation and all kinds of violence. Majority of NGO’s are interested only with children and very few are willing to help the young people above 14 years old. Sr. Sophie then decided to take care of the youth.

2000: Opening of School of Life, residential home for abused young girls.

2002: Started the Second Chance Program for delinquent boys in detention centers and to their release from prison.

2005: Started the Family Program which integrate the parent of ACAY beneficiaries in the process of reconstructing the lives of their children.

2007: Foundation of Missionaries of Mary, attached to the Local Church of the Philippines ( Diocese of Cubao, Metro Manila) and founder of ACAY.

2009: Started the Aeta Mission, Filipino ethnic minority

2012: ACAY programs have been accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development of the Philippines. 2013: Sr Sophie de Jésus was promoted Knight in the National Order of Merit for her educative actions with the Filipino youth.