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Youth Movement

YCW is present in almost every country in the world offering opportunities to meet new friends and visit new and exciting places through exchanges and training sessions.

Social Justice

We work with individuals and groups using the method of See, Judge, Act to tackle issues of importance to young adults especially those relating to social justice.

Support & Empower

Our aim is to support and empower young people to make informed decisions and provide them with life skills that will help them become good/ethical leaders.

History of YCW

Our founder: Joseph Cardijn

Joseph CardijnJoseph Cardijn was born on 13th November 1882 at Schaerbeek, a district of Brussels. His parents, Louise and Henri, were caretakers of a small block of flats. His mother suffered from bad health and young Joseph was looked after by his grandmother in Hal, a small Flemish town. A few years later his parents moved to Hal where his father ran a small coal merchants business.

Early years

Hal was fast becoming the centre of industrial growth and development. At the time he was about to leave school his parents naturally thought of him taking a job in the factory with the other working class boys of the town but Joseph had other ideas, he wanted to become a Priest.

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