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This year's Step 1 training course was called 'Routes to Europe', and had a specific focus on refugees and cultural identity. Arriving at the Salesianum in Vienna, Austria, felt like arriving at home; we were greeted in the usual Salesian way with big smiles and food, and it was immediately evident that everyone was very welcoming and friendly. Joining participants from all over Europe, we played some name games as a way of getting to know one another, ready for a week's hard work and fun!


Thursday, 16 April 2015 16:04

Call for Internship on Communication

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DBYN is an international network of youth organisations which work in the educational style of Don Bosco. In total we bring together 8,000 volunteers and 1,000 staff which cater for 110,000 young people in 13 EU countries. The international secretariat is the coordinating office for our network. 


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Communication is one of the major challenges within an international organisation. Our policy paper on communication identifies 2 types of communication: The internal communication (including task communication, management communication and policy communication) aims to support the internal work of the organisation. The external communication (including persuasive communication,
recruitment communication and PR & general communication) brings together all communication not directed at our staff of internal working structures. Our crisis communication and our house style interlink both types of communication. 

Don Bosco Youth-Net ivzw (or DBYN) is looking for an intern to revise its communication strategy. The preferred starting date would be September or October 2015 for the duration of 1 semester.


If you're interested or would like to see more information then click here

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 09:09

DBYN: Integrating HRE in to DBYN

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From 15 - 20 February 2015 Danny Sweeney and Aisling Griffin, both returned BOVA volunteers attended a special study session for Don Bosco Youth Net held at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg. Titled 'Integrating HRE in to DBYN' and attended by 28 members from 12 countries the aim of the week was to examine DBYN's success in working in the field of Human Rights Education (HRE) and to look at how this can be further integrated into our network.

On the first day, after learning about the various institutions including the Council of Europe, DBYN and the various Human Rights institutions, Declarations and Conventions we looked at mapping our own organisation's work, and where we engaged with different articles of both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Tuesday saw DBYN's programmes from the last year or so put under investigation in the 'High Court of Human Rights Education Practice' with the UK's own Bob Gardner (attending as our chaplain) sitting in judgement. The purpose being to consider how well (as a network) we are doing with HRE. Tuesday also furnished us with an afternoon off and the majority of the participants took the opportunity to visit the Court of Human Rights and then had an evening out in Strasbourg.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 09:50

DBYN: Step Forward

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Volunteer: Step Forward (Jeugddienst Don Bosco) is a seminar focussed on making intercultural exchanges, EVS projects and summer exchanges much more accessible for young people within each participant country’s network, with a specific focus on those who are under-privileged.



Participants will learn about the processes behind such projects, as well as the vast amounts of opportunities and experiences that can be taken advantage of as a result of being part of such a well-resourced network. The seminar will consist predominantly of workshops focussed on analysing, exploring and improving different aspects of project management and how to tailor-make relationships with participants.
Participants from 12 member organisations within DBYN will be present, thus participants will be able to share ideas and good practice, as well as collaborate to find and tackle mutual obstacles.
On their return, the participant(s) will be expected to meet with their sending organisation to discuss the ways in which they can develop systems to help ensure the growth of not just domestic projects, but also the amount of young people taking up such opportunities in other network countries.
If you’re interested in applying to go on this seminar, please contact Sue McDonald before 1/2/15 at: sue@salesianyouthministry.org.uk

Please note that participants should have had at least one year’s involvement with the Salesians as a background knowledge is essential, as well as an awareness to how Salesian Youth Ministry UK is run.
Participants should be aged between 18-30, be available for the seminar itself (12-15th March), as well as a meeting at some point afterwards. The participant(s) will also be required to write a short report on the seminar, and provide some pictures.

Sunday, 13 July 2014 12:31

Croxteth Mission Week

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For 3 days, Salesian Youth Ministry, helped give St John Bosco Arts College in Croxteth, a little slice of Salesian Spirituality.
St John Bosco Arts College had arranged a mission week for the school, and the Salesians were lucky enough to be able to have a few workshops showing the four Salesian windows.


Wednesday, 04 June 2014 15:35

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Wednesday, 12 February 2014 12:39

School Voice 2014

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The 'School Voice' began again after a 'fallow' year last weekend (7-9 February). It saw the coming together of 4 Salesian Schools - Savio Salesian College Bootle, St. John Bosco Arts College Liverpool, Thornleigh Salesian College Bolton and Salesian College Farnborough.DSC 0498

The reason they come together as school councils is so that they can share their experience of their schools and to get a sense of what it means to belong to the wider Salesian family. The atmosphere from the first few icebreakers was tremendous. The young people were mixing and it was difficult for an outsider like me to guess which school they had come with!

We listened to how each of the groups had progressed within their role as councillors within the school and how they had gone about attaining this achievement. We looked at the values of communication, respect, teamwork and trust in a fun and interactive way.

In the afternoon, (as predicted by Mr Moore), it rained!! - Just as we were setting off for a walk!

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 16:08

The Oratory as School for Life

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Project description

"The Oratory as School for Life" is a seminar which explores a key concept in the educational style of Don Bosco: The "oratory model" has a long tradition of bringing youth at risk (back) into the educational system.

The main aim of the seminar

is to identify ways how non-formal youth work can contribute in reducing youth at risk dropping out of school, or facilitating them to re-enter. As such we see it as a tool for ensuring the inclusive growth which the Europe 2020 strategy is aiming at.

The seminar includes an introduction to the educational targets of the European 2020 strategy, a study visit to "Borgo Ragazzi" (which is an oratory with a long tradition in catering for youth at risk through a diversity of approaches), the exchange of good practices amongst the partner promoters, reflection on the use of the oratory model in other fields of education (formal & sports) and a exchange market to initiate future European youth projects based on the oratory model. After the seminar we will make a publication with good practices to disseminate the outcomes towards the wider European youth work sector.

The seminar will take place 13-16/03/2014 at the 'Instituto Salesiano Sacro Cuore', bringing together 24 young people from 12 EU member states (AT, BE, CR, CZ, DE, ES, IRE, IT, MT, PL, SK, SI, UK). The seminar is coordinated by DBYN, and hosted by our Italian member organisation 'Federazione SCS'.

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 16:05

All Alien! – Looking for participants

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“All Alien” a 6-day training course organised by Don Bosco Youth-Net on the topics of migration and intercultural learning.  The training course takes place in the Aktionszentrum Benediktbeuern (Germany) 20th-26th July2014.

Migration is a hot topic in Europe today: boat refugees arriving in Malta, young graduates from Spain moving abroad in order to find work, Roma travelling from Slovakia to Belgium, ... but also German students doing an Erasmus year in Slovenia,  or Czech volunteers doing voluntary work in the UK.  It does not matter which kind of group of migrants you are talking about ... all of them face a culture shock.  Sometimes entering another culture even causes problems, both for the guest as well as for the host community.  Intercultural learning is a perfect remedy to deal with these kind of problems.

Through the training programme you will explore different aspects of intercultural learning in a fun way.  You will play informative games and get team challenges, but there are also moments to reflect, like with a visit to the historical sites of Dachau and through Salesian moments of reflection.  The beautiful surroundings of the Aktionszentrum allow also outdoor activities or a cultural visit to the world heritage site of the monastery.

We are looking for participants who are active as volunteers in youth work organisations.   If you participate we do not just want to give you a great week, we also want that you bring your experience to your local organisation.

Are you interested in taking part?
Contact your local DBYN organisation for more information:

Sam Legg
DBYN co ordinator UK


Or sue@salesianyouthministry.org.uk

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 13:26


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Wednesday, 05 February 2014 12:02

Summer Programmes

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Phoenix Summer Camps


Phoenix is a Salesian holiday project which works with nearly one hundred young people from across the country each year. Every summer, schools are invited to bring groups of Year 7 pupils who they've identified as being both brilliant and deserving of a break away. People enjoy a whole heap of activities including canoeing, orienteering, massive water games as well as a few more sedate activities for when the sun sets. We are always on the look out for new schools to get on board, fundraising, volunteers, fundraising, fresh ideas, fundraising and your prayers. For more information, get in touch with Sue at sue@salesianyouthministry.org.uk


2016 dates TBA


Faith in Action Week

We're trying something new over the summer: Faith in Action Week.

The plan is to gather up to twenty 16-year olds (2 per school) for a five day experience of faith in action, including workshops from CAFOD, the Columban Lay Missionaries and Pax Christi, prayer and reflection, visits to social justice projects, leadership skills – and of course, a lot of fun!

We hope to develop young leaders in justice and peace – supporting their faith formation and helping them engage their peers in putting faith into action – and we hope to support and animate them into the future. We are therefore inviting young people with:
- Leadership qualities (at school and/or local community)
- Passion about challenging injustice
- Commitment to their faith

2016 Dates TBA

Spaces are extremely limited, so please move quickly – contact Sue at sue@salesianyouthministry.org.uk for forms or more information.



Rise is a leadership camp for leavers from Years 11 and 12. For more information contact Sue at sue@salesianyouthministry.org.uk

2016 Dates TBA




Other Events

If you are interested in participating in any of the events below please email Sue McDonald at sue@salesianyouthministry.org.uk for more information

Are you interested in a gap year in Europe with Salesians?

As a European Voluntary Service sending organisation the following countries offer placements for 2015-2016:

  • Slovenia
  • Germany
  • Holland
  • Belgium
  • Spain
  • Czech Republic (Male Volunteers Only)
Camp St Francis

Camp St Francis is a Summer Camp that takes place in Aptos, California, USA

This year Camp St Francis runs over 4 weeks

Week 1: 28th June - 4th July

Week 2: 5th-11th July

Week 3: 12th-18th July

Week 4: 19th-24th July

If you are interested contact Sam Folwell through sue@salesianyouthministry.org.uk

Salesian Oratory Slovenia

Do you want to know more about Home, School, Playground and Church?

Slovenia are offering a programme in English on this topic.

They will look this through the mediums of Dance, Graphics, Music and Art.


Dates: 21st-25th September 2015

Open to 18-25 Year olds

Flights, Accommodation and Food covered through grants

Salesian Spirituality Weekend

A time of reflection for lay Salesians at Savio House

Dates: 27-29th November 2015

Are you a Chaplain working in a Salesian way?

The Salesian Chaplaincy Network is now 24 people strong. The next meeting is in the North on 15th June 2015 with another meeting in November 2015 (Dates TBA)


If you are interested in any of the activities above, then please contact Sue McDonald at sue@salesianyouthministry.org.uk



Monday, 03 February 2014 16:51

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We are currently preparing our summer programmes and the Big Birthday Day Out. We have a variety of Summer Programmes that will take place between the 17th July - 8th August. If you would like to see more information about the events that are running in the summer click here or email sue@salesianyouthministry.org.uk 




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