About Us

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Who We Are

Don Bosco Youth-Net ivzw is an international network of youth organisations which work in the style of Don Bosco and of youth work offices of Salesian provinces. The roots of the network lay in the different informal meetings that took place between several Don Bosco youth organisations in Europe: exchanges, study visits, international training courses, an informative meeting on EVS … However, the satisfaction the participating organisations had from these meetings afterwards was rather low. Most of the times the meetings resulted in texts and reports, but the partners actually wanted to do something with the results. They had the idea that young people should be able to participate in all kinds of international activities because of co-operation between organisations from different countries. This idea led to further thinking about organising these different organisations into a formal structure.


Through our own Salesian identity, we aim to keep the heritage of Don Bosco alive and look to offer a ‘youthful voice’ in the Europe of today. By doing this, we want to make a real difference in the lives of all young people, especially for those most in need.

Within the heritage of Don Bosco, the partners of Don Bosco Youth-Net strive together to realize the following aims:

  1. At first it is important for us to bring young people across Europe and the world together, to take part in youth activities that are linked with the style of working through the spirit of Don Bosco.  We want to organize international initiatives that contribute to the full development of young people.  It is necessary thereby to broaden the opportunities for young people who are, by reasons of various kinds, excluded from these kinds of activities.
  2. Furthermore we strive for a profound exchange of information, ideas and experiences between the different partners. We want to facilitate contact, and deepen the understanding between the member organisations so more joint activities can take place. This is realised through weekends, the development of a website and coordination from the international office.
  3. And last, but not least, we want to represent the voice of the Don Bosco young people and defend their interests at an international level.

Our History