A message from our

Director of Community Outreach


Hello friends! My name is Celeste Vazquez, and I am simply over the moon to serve as the Helenes Director of Community Outreach for the 2022 calendar year! The wide variety of service that Helenes dedicates itself to is one of the main reasons that I wanted to join this amazing organization, and I cannot wait to help our membership bring love and compassion to our neighbors in the Los Angeles community!

Throughout the semester you can find Helenes tutoring students at 32nd street school, cooking and serving meals at the Downtown Women’s center on Skid Row, helping the garden at Urban Farm grow, or caring for kittens at Charm City Shelter - the list goes on! We also work with other USC organizations such as Troy Camp, Share a Meal, Kicks for Kids, and many more. There truly is something for everyone, and that’s what makes our philanthropy so special. If you have any questions about our service pillar or have any ideas on how we can better serve the LA community, don’t hesitate to contact me!


Helenes love and all of mine (and more),

Celeste Vazquez (she/her)



A message from our

Director of Junior Helenes


Hi there! My name is Betsy Li, and I am honored to serve as the 2022 Director of Junior Helenes for the USC Helenes. Junior Helenes is an extra-curricular club for high school students at 32nd Street School, located right across the street from USC. In Junior Helenes and Junior Knights, high school students, Helenes, and Trojan Knights engage in a range of community service activities, work on personal and professional development through various exercises and workshops, and grow in friendship through fun meetings and field trips. Not only do the Junior Helenes and Junior Knights benefit from mentorship and guidance throughout the high school experience and college application process, but Helenes and Trojan Knights also develop as leaders and community members through our meaningful relationships with the high schoolers.


Junior Helenes meets every Friday afternoon after the end of the 32nd Street school day. During meetings, we could be doing icebreakers, discussing the realities of high school and college life, completing community service projects, or simply having fun! Other Junior Helenes events occur throughout the week and on the weekend to accommodate busy schedules and incorporate off-campus programming. You can find us eating lunch together in the USC Village or on campus, hiking, touring different nearby universities, watching a movie, or serving the community by doing a beach cleanup or playing soccer with Kicks for Kids.


I am always open to receive any questions about or suggestions for the program. Feel free to contact me if you have any comments or concerns or would like to get involved with Junior Helenes. I would be more than happy to share the Junior Helenes love!


Helenes love and all of mine,

Betsy Li (she/her)