Young faithful called to be ambassadors

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Young faithful called to be ambassadors

A Year of Youth Ambassador program in Tasmania is providing young people with a chance to spread the joy and faith they experienced at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) with their schools and communities.

Students who travelled with the Tasmanian group to ACYF in December last year were invited to join the program, but Martin Tobin, Assistant Director of Catholic Identity and Evangelisation at Catholic Education Tasmania, says that students who have not yet signed up are still welcome to join.

“There’s a genuine level of excitement about it,” Mr Tobin said.

“We would like an active group of Year of Youth Ambassadors in every Catholic secondary school in Tasmania, helping to lead, helping to serve in their school community.”

A leadership and faith formation day on March 19 for the Year of Youth Ambassadors will provide formation in faith and leadership, and give the young people a chance to begin planning for the celebration of the Year of Youth in their own school.

They will also hear from Steve Lawrence, a former premiership player for the Hawthorn Football Club and a committed Catholic, who will be speaking on the day.

To be held in Campbell Town, the formation day is open to the Youth Ambassadors, all others who attended ACYF, and any friends they may wish to bring along.

“I think there’s a natural excitement to catchup with everybody … to see how everyone is tracking since the youth festival. But I think the other part of the excitement is to invite others into sharing that,” Mr Tobin said.