The Young Lasallians movement is International!
The 3rd International Symposium of Young Lasallians (ISYL) gathered Young Lasallians from around the world at the Generalate in Rome February 9 – 15, 2014. The purpose was to develop common and international Young Lasallian Mission Objectives for the Young Lasallian (YL) Movement across the Lasallian Network into the future.
Who are Young Lasallians? Young Lasallians are traditionally individuals involved with Lasallian ministries between the ages of 16 and 35 – including young Brothers, Lasallian school alumni, lay men and women, and Lasallian Volunteers. Young Lasallian groups in secondary schools and colleges/universities are known as Lasallian Youth and Lasallian Collegians, respectively. The International Council of Young Lasallians unites these young people worldwide and promotes activities to engage them in living the Lasallian mission.
Why are we focusing on this age group in particular? Young Lasallians represent a vital and viable group of individuals who have been positively impacted by the Lasallian mission and who are open to being more deeply connected to the Lasallian heritage and mission in their work and in their lives.
Following in the footsteps of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, himself an innovator in his time, Young Lasallians display a bold creativity in the world of today. They commit themselves to a multitude of service projects, whether in favor of the poor, children and young people, education, the environment or any need inspired by the Lasallian mission and spirit. Furthermore, they operate at local, national and international levels.
Young Lasallians are constructing agents of a world of love, who act in association with the Lasallian Family and in collaboration with all persons and groups of good will.
Young Lasallians unite themselves around a common spirit and mission.
Through a process of discovery, sharing and integration, Young Lasallians live, in varying degrees, the following five characteristics:
- A vocation to be lived in reference to the charism of Saint John Baptist de La Salle and his values
- A life of faith which discovers God in everyday reality in the light of Scripture and, for persons of other religions, according to their own sacred texts
- A community experience lived in diverse ways and according to the identity of each one
- A mission associated with the educational service of the poor and which implies a certain duration of time
- A universal openness which transcends the person and the local reality