Don Bosco Youth-Net is a part of the worldwide Don Bosco Movement. This movement is based on the legacy of its founder: Don Bosco. Don Bosco developed an educational system based on a dialogue between the Christian tradition and the needs of the society he was living in. It is this educational system which still connects all people active in the Don Bosco Movement today; Don Bosco’s working style is our common denominator.
But the present-day society is different than that of Don Bosco’s time. A new sociological perspective of mankind and the differences between cultures within the Don Bosco Movement demand for a contemporary translation of the system. In order to do so we need to position Don Bosco Youth-Net within the current society and also within the current Don Bosco Movement. Afterwards we can present Don Bosco Youth-Net’s working style by focussing on 4 key elements: the educational themes of youth work Don Bosco Youth-Net is focussing on, the way we use the model of the “Oratory” as a method to build a strong learning environment, the way we create an educational flow through our educational programmes and the style of work of the educators involved in our network.
This document aims at defining the work we do, and how we do it. This is a challenging job for several reasons. On the one hand people involved in the Don Bosco Movement are more used to working through the system rather than defining it - Don Bosco’s statement that in assisting, educators should use “few words and a lot of action ...” only strengthens this tradition. On the other hand people from outside the Don Bosco Movement are asking what we are doing and in which manner it is different than that of others. Therefore we wrote this document in a style which we hope will be understandable for both.
Within the heritage of Don Bosco, the partners of Don Bosco Youth-Net strive together to realize the following aims:
To put these aims into practice, we develop Master Plan for the period of 3 years. The current master plan determines our strategy for the period 2015 – 2017 . Under the 4 strategic actions we are focussing on 4 fields of work: Education, Inclusion, Growth and Synergy.