A Catholic youth organization is joining several other youth groups to channelize youth power across India, to mark the United Nations International Year of Youth, which runs from August 12, 2010 – August 11, 2011.
The “Jago Yuva Bharat” (awaken young India) campaign is a 61-day journey starting from Jan. 12 to mobilize youth and make them more aware of national and international issues, said Fr.Alwyn M. J. D’Souza, Executive Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India’s Commission for Youth.
The journey will focus on the UN’s eight millennium development goals which include national integration, climate change and youth-led development, he said.
Thirty one young people from all over India will take part in the journey. The campaign, which starts in Kanyakumari will be in five phases and will end in New Delhi on March 13.
“It is a journey to sensitize young people and bring them into the mainstream,” said Father D’Souza. He said the journey will be a message passed from youth to youth to become responsible citizens.
The participants will visit 4,000 villages and present programs in about 150 institutions. The programs include songs, dance, street plays and distribute leaflets to motivate the young generation about these issues.
The journey is being organized by the Youth Activ8 foundation, the CBCI Commission for Youth, Indian Catholic Youth Movement, FIMCAP, an international federation of Catholic parochial youth movements, among others.