Effective youth ministries provide a community where teens know they are welcome, and by extension that the church wants them and values them. With its rituals and formalities the church can easily been seen as a place only for adults, a place where teens are tolerated but not wanted. Youth ministry provides a community specifically focused on teens. Here a new teen meets other teens, who live similar lives, have similar struggles, like the same type of music, movies, activities, and styles of dress. It is a place where healthy friendships can be formed and where families know their teens will have fun and be safe, all the while surrounded and embraced by loving, Catholic, Christian values. Adult mentors encourage teens to build supportive relationships and discourage the formation of cliques. Youth ministry teams should actively build a sense of community, and encourage teens to care about the other members of the group, especially the newest teens who are just beginning their involvement.
With your help we can bring teens to life in Christ. Your gift changes lives today, tomorrow, and forever.