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A Handbook for Empowering and Building Youth Groups

By BIS Correspondant
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Kolkata, Nov. 28. ''YOUTH SPACE  - a Handbook for Don Bosco Youth Groups'', authored by Fr. Edwin Colaco South Asian Coordinator for Don Bosco Groups and Movements was released recently by Fr. Fabio Attard, General Councillor of Youth Pastoral, at the annual meeting of Don Bosco Youth Animation South Asia (DBYASA),  at Don Bosco, Aluva, Kerla.
\\''Youth Space: a Handbook for Building Youth Groups and Animators\\'' is a tool to empower youth groups and animators, thus making them more vibrant. It is a ready manual for involvement with youth in the institutes and parishes. It is envisioned that this book will also play an important role in the overall functioning of the youth groups.

There are methods and ideas suggested in the book, to make it easy to form a youth group. The Salesian Youth Spirituality and Pedagogy are principles to enable the groups to be formed in the Don Bosco style. The handbook aims precisely to form lay collaborators and effectively animate Salesians to bear the responsibility of being Salesian Youth Group Animators. \\''The handbook is a powerful tool that will assist also in the preparations for the Bi centenary of Don Bosco\\'', says the author.

The main thrust of the handbook is to give special attention to 4 important aspects of youth ministry, viz. spiritual, social, formative and fellowship aspects. This is also in sync with what Don Bosco would say, ''A Salesian Oratory must be a Church that prays, a home that welcomes, a school that educates and a playground that entertains.''

The handbook offers a structure that is very lucid. It deals with topics such as  Vision, Mission Objectives, Guidelines, Methodology for sustainability and Parish Youth Animating Team that is an integral part of the Salesian Youth Group. It also gives practical guidelines as to how to conduct meetings, role of the one who conducts the meetings, sanctions of the youth group members and the role of the animator.

The focus of the handbook is also to reach out to the youngsters by making them aware of the Role of God in their life, by helping them to see how they can be contributing members of the society, and how they can empower others and one self. This is a journey and the signposts on this journey are the Salesian Youth Spirituality and the Salesian Pedagogical principles.

The author mentions that he is grateful to Don Bosco Youth Animation South Asia (DBYASA) and Fr Maria Charles, Delegate of the Youth Pastoral, South Asia. The handbook has been critically evaluated by youth animators and young people. The author has this dream ''that the handbook becomes a very helpful tool to enable all who want to live the dream of Don Bosco.''

For copies: write to or call up : 09819870754.


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