The Young Christian Workers (YCW) wants a world where young people make a difference, in fact are the difference, to enable the transformation needed in order for everyone to live a life of dignity, worthy of the Creator.
The YCW is a movement of young people, which is run by young people. It is made up of young people aged 17 - 30 who meet in small groups. They focus on their everyday experiences as young adults, reflect on them in the light of the Gospel and Church teaching and commit themselves to take authentic Christian action.
In these regular group meetings, which always take place in the presence of a chaplain or adult companion, young people are called out of their isolation so that they come to know their true dignity and worth, which is so often not the case in modern life and especially in the world of work.
Through this process of enquiry, reflection and action (See, Judge, Act, Review), the young people are transformed and are enabled to form and grow as Christian leaders, serving, educating and representing other young people in their places of work or study and in their local communities by living out the Gospel through their actions.
As a movement of young people, the YCW recognises that young people are the experts of their own reality and are often the best placed people to be the means of transformation in their own lives and their lives of their peers.
The YCW offers young adults a unique opportunity to link life and faith through a methodology that allows them to link the real experiences of their lives with their faith, enabling them to not only change the world around them but also to develop as Christian leaders in their own realities.
The YCW in England and Wales is a member of the International Coordination of Young Christian Workers (ICYCW), which is officially recognised by the Holy See through the Pontifical Council for the Laity where it is regarded as an International Association of the Faithful. For more information on the ICYCW, please visit www.cijoc.org.