The Way to advance.progress.success.
Who We Are
Within the heritage of Don Bosco, the partners of Don Bosco Youth-Net strive together to realize the following aims:
Under the impulse of Jeugddienst Don Bosco vzw, seven Don Bosco youth organisations came together in Brussels for a first formal weekend of acquaintance. The countries involved were: Belgium, Croatia, Germany, the United Kingdom, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. They held discussions about a closer co-operation, the idea of networking and the common goals that united them. Each of the present participants took the proposition for the foundation of a Don Bosco network to their country for further deliberation. In January 2001, it became clear there were a sufficient number of organisations wanting to start a network
The participants came together for a second time to set down the modalities concerning the foundation of a network. This meeting took place in Benediktbeuern (Germany) and involved the countries: Austria, Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. During this weekend they reflected on, and discussed the aims, the procedures, the methodologies… Also the application for European subsidising was investigated. The application was drawn up afterwards and submitted. In October 2001, Don Bosco Youth-Net received approval from Europe. By this approval, the network received a one-year grant for their development. The official start was 10th October 2001.
In August 2004 we received our official recognition as a non- governmental youth organisations under Belgian legislation. Since November 2005 we are an observer member in the European Youth Forum, the largest consultative body in the field of youth in Europe. In 2005 we also secured administrative support for our network from the European Union and the Council of Europe. This gave Don Bosco Youth-Net ivzw the required financial support and institutional recognition which was needed to start strengthening and expanding the network. We are still building our future on these foundations.