National Youth council evaluates ‘Year of the Youth’ celebration

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MANILA, Oct. 16, 2012— The National Youth Coordinating Council (NYCC) composed of youth directors, coordinators, and leaders from 14 youth regions gathered in Sorsogon last October 6 and 7 for an evaluation of the celebration of the Year of Youth held in 2011.

The National Youth Coordinating Council (NYCC) acts as the consultative body of Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY) of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.

The gathering also served as a common celebration for youth leaders of ECY’s 25th anniversary while evaluating how the commission will direct national plans and activities for the coming years until 2015.

When asked about what they achieved during the meeting, ECY’s executive secretary Fr. Conegundo Garganta said they were able to define the target of their plans for the coming years although the plans are yet to be finalized.

“Plans like a possible survey, following up the 2002 survey of the youth will be observed and plans for this will be worked out with the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP). This is just one of those we were able to achieve during the NYCC 2012,” he added.

Garganta hopes that with the help of region heads, the ECY will be able to formulate its vision and mission as a starter for the strategic planning on November 20 for ECY bishops to be able to direct the commission to make its plan for the coming years.

The priest also mentioned the thrust of ECY is the clear situation of the youth on what to achieve on the coming years, “the kind of youth we want to know and see at least until 2015.”

“ECY’s direction will be the evolution of becoming ready and organize in offering capability building task for the youth ministry,” he furthered.

The next NYCC meeting will be held in the Diocese of Kabankalan on May 2013. (Jandel Posion)

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