El Salvador – Youth empowerment and commitments: provincial meeting of preferential option

19 September 2019

(ANS - Ayagualo) - Currently 1.8 billion people are between 10 and 24 years old. "This is the largest generation of young people that has ever existed in the world, so the empowerment of youth and their involvement in the solutions of the future are fundamental," said Jayathma Wickramanayake, a young Sri Lankan who serves as an envoy of the UN Secretary General for Youth. The Salesian zone of ​​Central America works with an average of nine thousand young people at social risk and planning and organizing projects that benefit this group of vulnerable young people is a necessary and fundamental option these days.

Directors, coordinators, animators and catechists of the various works and sectors met with the objective of conforming the platform of social works and services towards children and young people at risk in the Central American region with specific programs of focus via the Salesian charism serving them.

With presentations rich in contents and at the same time illuminating, Mario Olmos, SDB, Rector of the UDB, David Medina of the "Fundación Génesis" of Honduras who works in collaboration with "USAID", representatives of foundations and cooperators shared their experiences.

It is important to note that it is a Network that serves about 9,000 young people in a social risk situation throughout the region, offering specific programs, training them in life in relation to their human and Christian needs, training them in work skills so that the youths have the opportunity to enter the world of work, helping them to recover their rights as citizens before a number of social and economic situations that lead to their being included in their various environments.

The Salesian proposal is still alive and flourishing in the style of Don Bosco, which approaches and addresses the needs of these young people. The meeting was enriched by the sharing of good practices that were implemented throughout the Province in their attention to the preferential referents; this helps to grow as a network that however needs to continue to be strengthened with a proposal that is increasingly up to date and adapted to the needs of these young people.

Articulating the processes in the different sectors of Youth Ministry helps to bring and unite forces together in this commitment that has indeed lasted for many years in the works of the Salesian Province of Central America (CAM).


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