Philippines – “SYM Huddle,” an online forum on youth group animation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
Makati City, the Philippines – 2 August 2020 – Some 74 Salesians, lay animators, and youth leaders participated in the “SYM Huddle,” an online forum on youth group animation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Are youth groups possible in this time of distance learning and physical distancing? What can be done to accompany those responsible for youth groups? Shouldn’t we ask why there are youth groups? These concerns impelled the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) Animators School, led by the Salesian Delegate of the FIN Province Fr. Juvelan Paul Samia, SDB, to create the SYM Huddle, which seeks to revisit the unique significance of youth groups in the education and evangelization of youth. The Animators’ School is a formation component of the SYM of the SDB-FIN. Based on these answers, this Huddle succeeded in helping participants appreciate the unique importance of youth groups in Salesian pedagogy and ministry by revisiting its foundations and generating ideas on how to apply the principles of youth group animation in the coming school year.