For any responsible young person, willing to be part of transformation and change. (Personal, Social, etc.)
Age group of (11 to 16 years:Juniors;16+ to 28 years seniors)
A group of will consists of 20-30 members
A group is to be animated and guided by a trained BOSCO YOUTH Animator
Characteristics of BOSCO YOUTH Groups
DB is the inspiration - Salesian perspective of the Groups (Animated by the sprit of Don Bosco)
Open to all (Religion and gender)
It is graded [Development of the self, Inter-personal , Transformation of Society, The Divine]
SYS – Salesian Youth Spirituality – is the foundation of these groups.
Animated by a Salesian/ Lay or Religious Collaborator who is trained in the BOSCO YOUTH Approach.
1. To offer the total development of the youth along the “whole-person-paradigm”.
2. To develop the social responsibility in the youth, especially towards the transformation of the society – “Another World is Possible!”
3. Their role in ushering in the Kingdom of God – Values of the “Good News”.
4. To play their prophetic role in the society – to stand up for the values of Justice, Peace, Human Rights, Child Rights, etc.
Any one of these objectives or more can be the focus of attention of the groups.
Operational Strategy to introduce and promote BOSCO YOUTH
A small Team of Salesians and Lay will meet and prepare the training materials for the Animators.
Training programmes for Salesians/Lay Collaborators (the Coordinator for Groups and Movement in the Provinces and two more members from each province) at the National level.
Each Province will conduct a Training Program for the potential Animators of BOSCO YOUTH GROUPS in our settings. These will be conducted by those trained at the National Training Program. The Province may invite the National Resource Team Members if they feel the need.
These trained animators will start one or two groups ( BOSCO YOUTH ) in each setting from where they have come.
There will be a training Program for the youth leaders of BOSCO YOUTH by the middle of the year.
Every year there will be an going Training Program for the Animators of BOSCO YOUTH.
There will be annual Training Program for the new /potential animators.
There will be training program for the Youth Leaders BOSCO YOUTH.
After one year we will start such groups in settings outside Salesian Circles, but animators will be trained by us.
VISION 2015 – BICENTENARY OF DON BOSCO’S BIRTH
We see a National YOUTH DAY – Gathering of BOSCO youth from all over India for five days – may be about 10,000 youth.
Each unit is about 20. If you have 100 units per province, it is 100X10X20 = 20,000.
If we start 10 units in each Province in 2009-10, it becomes 10X10X20 = 2000
By 2010-11 add 20 more units in each province, i.e. 20X20X10= 4000
By 2011-12 add 20 more units in each province, i.e. 20X20X10 =4000
By 2012-13 add 20 more units in each province , i.e. 20X20X10=4000
By 2013-14 add 20 more units in each Province i.e. 20X20X12 = 4800
By 2014-15 add 20 more units in each province i.e. 20X20X12 = 4800
So total by 2015 = 23,600 youth.
It is a big dream!!!!
INSIGHTS INTO MAKING THE GROUPS WORK EFFECTIVELY:
There should be a viable structure at the local level, to provincial, regional and the national level.
There should be stability and continuity of national leadership for a considerable time.
The National Team of these Salesian Leaders should be passionate about it.
They get a team of passionate leaders in the country/region/province wise.
The challenges are taken up and make it work in different parts of the country, may be contextualized ones in different areas.
Regular training programs are conducted for the Animators and the Youth Leaders and maintain their enthusiasm.
There are Big gatherings/events at the regional and national level from time to time.
A motto , logo, anthem should be selected.
One of the objectives should focus on national Integration
Movements are usually one goal/specific thrust oriented.
Can we take empowering the youth as the specific thrust?
BOSCO YOUTH /KIDS
Started in 2007 November.
Concept, operational strategy was
developed by Joe Fernandez.
Fr. Jude Anand visited 36 Catholic schools in Bangalore and explained to the HMs the idea.
Asked to appoint animators
58 animators were gathered in the p.h. for a day and explained the whole day. 10-11-2007
These animators started the groups where Fr. Anand visited and explained the whole idea.
As a result 36 groups in 36 schools were started by
A convention on 15- 2- 2008 – 315members with 65 animators.
As of now 20-6-2009 – 204 units in 175 schools – with a total membership of 6000 ( 44 Salesian unorganised, others are in Catholic schools – in Bangalore city 60 schools- other places 71 centres like Raichur, Bellary, Hospet, Chitra durga , Tummkur.
Majority of the members are non Christians.
All the units are managed by the trained animators.
In 2006 BOSCO YOUTH GROUPS WERE STARTED IN KERALA( 8).
There were animators for each unit.
Age group 15 to 25
Boys and girls
Christians and non Christians
Each group 20 to 30
Worked for 8to 10 months
It does not function now.
It had its own guide book and the details.
BOSCO YOUTH KARNATAKA
Started in 2006
Have 40 units
Each unit 25 to 45 members
Age group 16 to 28, unmarried
Christians and non-Christians
Now 30 groups are functioninig
In Chitradurga one animator is in charge of 17 units.
These units of Chitrdirga are like SHGs for the youth.
CRITICAL LOOK AT THE BOSCO YOUTH
It was not owned up by the Salesians/Salesian superiors