Fondacio And The Young
Fondacio helps young people to meet the challenges of the world in a new way, to be ready and to live a fulfilling life. We believe that every young person has unique potential for good and growth.
Fondacio is committed to supporting young people on their journey to find meaning in life and their place in society. From a faith perspective, it is discovering God’s plan in their lives.
With the help of qualified mentors and coaches, in collaboration with other young people and thanks to a rich pedagogy, this “school of life” allows them to:
- Know yourself better to gain confidence.
- Make the most of his abilities.
- Learn to name and manage difficulties.
- Dare to take risks and responsibilities.
- Learn to lead while respecting others.
- Discover the joy of helping and being helped.
- Open to our spiritual dimension in full respect of our different beliefs.
- Engage in dialogue and fraternal relations for the common good
Youth in pictures
Training young leaders for a changing world
Responding to the cries of the world and the poor, we encourage and train young people who will become agents of change who are committed to empowering others, especially the marginalized, in building a sustainable future for all (Fondacio Asia Ideal Graduate )
The active engagement of young people in sustainable development efforts is essential to achieve sustainable, inclusive and stable societies, and to avoid the worst threats and challenges to sustainable development, including the impacts of climate change, unemployment, poverty, gender inequality, conflict and migration” (Youth and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development).
"Come and See"
Extending his invitation to young people to get involved in the renewal of the Church and society, Pope Francis said:
“I would also like to remind you of the words Jesus said to the disciples who asked him: ‘Master… where do you live?’ He replied: ‘Come and see’ (Jn 1:38). »
He continues: “Jesus looks at you and invites you to come to him. Dear young people, have you noticed this look towards you? Have you heard of this voice? Did you feel this desire to undertake this journey? I am sure that in spite of the noise and the confusion apparently spreading in the world, this call continues to resonate in the depths of your heart in order to open it in its fullness. »
Then he invites them to “undertake” a journey of discernment to discover God’s plan in their lives.
Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to young people on the occasion of the presentation of the preparatory document for the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, 13 Jan 2017
Examples of proposals and actions for young people
Training and vocational guidance: Fondacio Training Institutes (IFF Africa , Asia , Latin America , Europe ( Angers and Louvain ), YLDC in Asia (Young Lives Development Centers), Sichem / Agro-DR and Asfotode (Togo), Oasis (Colombia );
Sessions and summer camps for young people in France, Belgium, Romania, Asia, Africa …
The world of young people
Some stats to consider…
42% of the world’s population – four out of 10 people – are under the age of 25. 16% of the world’s population or 1.6 billion young people are between 15 and 24 years old.
In 2016, 263 million children were out of school, according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). Many of these children are out of school because of conflict. According to the UNHCR, more than half of the refugees in the world are children.
Around the world, young people between the ages of 18 and 36 use the Internet more than older generations. Internet access is a key factor in lifting people out of poverty and ensuring economic growth and prosperity.
The increased use of the Internet by young people is good news, because in the future, work will depend heavily on technology.
Nearly two-thirds (65%) of children entering primary school today will find themselves in a job that does not yet exist. Technology will be central to most jobs in the future, and IT and advanced technology skills, such as knowledge of artificial intelligence, will be in high demand.
Far from being afraid of an uncertain future, the majority of young people are optimistic about the impact of technology and innovation. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers survey, 78.6% believe that technology “creates” rather than “destroys” (21.4%) jobs.
Moreover, they want to be part of the new world of work. They believe that having a “start-up ecosystem” and “entrepreneurship” are the keys to giving young people a future.
In a 2017 survey, young people are of the opinion that climate change and the destruction of nature are the most critical global problem and 90% believe that humans are responsible for it.