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Empowering Courageous Missionaries [Free Online Event]
"Filled with the love of Christ, young people are called to be witnesses of the Gospel wherever they find themselves, by the way they live."Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit, #175
In Christus Vivit, Pope Francis challenges us to respond to the Spirit's call to recognize youth ministry as a missionary experience - one that is constantly reaching out and deepening. It should invite and challenge young people to discern their gifts and use them at the service of others. Youth mission trips and service experiences are opportunities to do just that. They can provide a renewed experience of faith and even serious thoughts about a vocation.
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Summer Mission Trip Programs
Young Neighbors in Action is a summer service experience for older adolescents (9th through 12th grades). It provides a dynamic Catholic approach to both service and justice that connects God's Word, prayer and liturgy, and Catholic teaching with the work the young people do throughout the week.
Just5Days is a five-day service mission for Catholic middle school youth and their adult leaders providing a hands-on service experience, faith learning, community prayers, and summertime fun.
Caring for the poor and vulnerable is a defining characteristic of being a Christ-follower, according not only to scripture but also to many Christian 18–35-year-olds (43%) in The Connected Generation study, a recent international Barna project produced in partnership with World Vision. If this is a primary sign that someone is a Christian, what kind of impression are faithful 18–35-year-olds leaving around the world?
"A Survey of Former Volunteers of the Catholic Volunteer Network," is a national survey commissioned by Catholic Volunteer Network (CVN) with the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University. The survey looked at more than 5,000 men and women in CVN member organizations. Full survey results were released on Friday, November 8, 2013 at the Catholic Volunteer Network's annual conference in Silver Spring, MD.
What Worx: Measuring the Impact of Faith-Based Service and Social Justice Programs on Catholic Youth
The Center for FaithJustice (CFJ) offers innovative programs that engage youth in faith, service, and social justice. With the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI, they developed a survey to evaluate their programs and measure their longitudinal impact on alumni in those three focus areas.