documents to download

Preparatory Document 1 Global Formation Session and World Council 2011

IYCS World Council 2011 Registration Form

Final Statement of the international meeting in Rome, Italy from February 24-27, 2011

STATEMENT OF THE IYCS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

INTERVIEW OF Ms Cherie Blair to IYCS2010

FINAL DECLARATION OF THE TRAINING SESSION FROM 15 TO 25 AUGUST 2010 IN BURKINA FASO

 

1. History

 

The International Young Catholic Students (IYCS), also known as the Young Christian Students, has its roots in the development of several YCS national movements in the late 1920’s in Belgium and France. Since its creation, YCS movement grew in the spirit of the Specialized Catholic Action movements that were inspired by Joseph Cardijn (the founder of the Young Christian Workers) with the methodology of See-Judge-Act.

In 1946, just at the end of the Second World War, the International Coordination was established in Paris - France. Today, the International Secretariat is coordinating 85 national movements across the continent.

The IYCS has a General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Commission (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, and an Operational Status with UNESCO in 1998.

IYCS is recognized by the Holy See and since the World Council of Kampala in 2007, has the private juridical statute according to the Canon Law 298-311 and 321-329.

2. Objective

 

YCS by addressing to students have some specific objectives which can be resume to:

  • a. Evangelize student milieu and promote students apostolate, by responding to their specific needs and stressing their responsibility.
  • b. Bring together students seeking community; give them a space for formations and actions in the social vision of the Catholic Church at various levels.
  • c. Promote a global solidarity among students and young people for joint reflections and actions leading for a more equitable social order.
  • d. Give students more resources, pedagogies and methodology to integrate their Christian faith to their intellectual and social lives.

3. Mission & Vision

 

IYCS aims to evangelise and transform the student milieu (both secondary and tertiary), through forming students and encouraging them to look at the world from the perspective of the poor, with a commitment to global solidarity, freedom, justice and peace.

We understand ourselves as the presence of the Church in and at the service of the student milieu. The movement enables a meeting between the young person and Jesus Christ in order to overcome the dualism between faith and life, and has as its foundation a spirituality of action, which always starts from a deep analysis and faith reflection on the reality.