Trahan Architects and Son of a Saint announced that Javier Castellon joins the firm as an intern and mentee of the firm’s founder and CEO Trey Trahan, and its entire staff in New Orleans and New York.

Son of a Saint is a nonprofit organization which exists to transform the lives of fatherless boys through mentorship, emotional support, development of life skills, exposure to constructive experiences and formation of positive, lasting peer-to-peer relationships. Castellon is a Son of a Saint program participant and has been active in the organization since its inception in 2011. Son of a Saint is now celebrating its 10th anniversary of service and success.

“We at Trahan Architects are thrilled to be partnering with the Son of a Saint for the first time,” said Trahan. “The tremendous and admirable work of Sonny Lee is truly inspirational and an incredible asset for our city and its underserved youth. We could not be more excited to welcome Javier to our team and help him thrive in the architectural field.”

Growing up without a father is a challenge facing thousands of boys in New Orleans. For too many of them, the challenge will prove overwhelming. Son of a Saint exists for these boys, providing mentorship, education, recreation, camaraderie, cultural enrichment, emotional support and helping to fill the void for dozens of fatherless young men in New Orleans.

“Javier represents the best of our organization and the potential for what’s possible through hard work, consistency, and self-determination,” said Son of a Saint founder and CEO Bivian “Sonny” Lee III. “This level of partnership from Trahan Architects is also indicative of the Son of a Saint mission, to treat each young man in our program holistically and long term, setting them up for a bright and promising future in young adulthood. We are proud to see Javier step into this role and put his vision into action.”