The National Youth Office is based on recommendations of the Youth Chaplains’ Conference of 1998 which formulated a basic youth structure for the Conference region. The vision statement says: “Because of the historical background of young people in South Africa, in society and within the local church, youth lacked the capacity to become fully human. They therefore need holistic development.”
Present work mainly involves developing a sustainable diocesan youth ministry and the capacity of diocesan youth chaplains and youth leaders; co-ordinating the specialised ministry to institutions of higher learning through ACTS (students), ACCTISA (chaplains), ICMICA (professionals) and REAP (access programme); responding to the HIV/AIDS pandemic through the ABCD Lifestyle Campaign and Education for Life: Youth Alive Clubs; and networking and co-coordinating Catholic youth movements through Chiro, Young Christian Workers, Young Christian Students and Association of Catholic Tertiary Students.
The Youth Desk also represents local bodies in the South African Youth Council, National Youth Commission, SACC Youth Forum, SACBC AIDS Office and SACBC Development Management Board. International representation involves World Youth Day and International Youth Forum.
The Bishop responsible for this office within the SACBC Region is Bishop Xolelo T Kumalo
SACBC YOUTH OFFICE CO-ORDINATES
Diocesan Youth Ministries
Ministry to Institutions of higher learning
– University chaplains
– University students (ACTS – Association of Catholic Tertiary Students)
Word Youth Day
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Youth programmes / Youth campaigns
– ABCD Lifestyle Campaign
The Youth office publishes regularly documents that are available here (page under construction, will be soon available).
Education for Life and Youth Coordinator
Sr Victoria Sibisi
399 Paul Kruger Street, PO Box 941, Pretoria 0001.
Tel: 012 323 6458,
Fax: 012 326 6218