The Youth Ministry and Missions Departments offer the Salesian Family, and especially the Salesians, a unified vision of Salesian Voluntary Service as an educational process structurally integrated in Salesian Youth Ministry.
This reflection is the result of the experience of voluntary service over many years during which there were two special occasions for reflection, the results of which were published in 1995 and in 2001
We consider every young person a potential volunteer, that is a person growing towards a vision of life as a gift, as a vocation, and therefore towards the acquisition of an interior disposition for service; a person in a permanent state of formation towards full human and Christian maturity.
The task of guiding and providing support along this journey is the normal role of Salesian Youth Ministry. Consequently, in the specific process of analysing the development and the various expressions of voluntary service, we consider it necessary for us to refer to the overall framework of Salesian Pastoral Ministry.