Print and Media Resources
- Adolescent Catechesis [also in Spanish]
- -The Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis has carefully crafted a comprehensive seven-year, eight-step process of transformation called the National Initiative on Adolescent Catechesis. The rationale behind the National Initiative on Adolescent Catechesis is to create a new paradigm for how the Catholic Church effectively forms the faith of young people and to assist parishes and schools across the country in assessing and re-thinking their methods and structures in this new light.
- Catholic Youth Care for Creation, Care for the Poor
- -Catholic youth ministry has always taken seriously the need to form young disciples in Catholic Social Teaching. As committed Catholics, and disciples of Jesus Christ, our faith commits us to act and advocate for the least ones among us. The call to solidarity requires that we consider how our individual and collective attitudes and actions impact our care for the poor. Being good stewards of all that we have received from the Lord: individual gifts and talents and well as the Earth and its resources, is a fundamental Catholic value.
- International Education and Resource Network
- -IEARN is the world's largest non-profit global network that enables youth to use the Internet and other technologies to collaborate on projects that enhance learning and make a difference in the world. Primarily for educators and students, there are also ideas and projects that youth ministers can implement.
- Strong Catholic Families: Strong Catholic Youth
Strong Catholic Families programs and resources provide an effective platforto empower and support parents in “bringing home the faith.”
- TAKE FIVE FOR FAITH: Daily Renewal for Busy Catholics
- -A series of daily lessons, designed for busy Catholics, to nurture their faith and ground them solidly in Catholic culture is available for a free subscription on the Take Five for Faith website.
Getting Started Series
- Getting Started with Social Justice
Written by Kelley Munsee (St Charles Borromeo Parish, Diocese of Cincinnati) and Jim Murray (Ascension Parish, Kettering, Diocese of Cincinnati).
- -If you have never tackled social justice before this is a great place to start. Find out what is important, what is not, and how to deal with the big stuff.This publication is targeted to the youth ministry leader who has been hesitant to tackle this topic or who does not have a lot of experience in this area.
- Getting Started with Youth Culture
Written by Denise York (Youth Department, Diocese of Buffalo).
- -All about understanding the culture of today’s teenagers, issues of the millennial generation, stages of faith growth, and new understandings from the National Study of Youth and Religion. This issue is targeted to youth ministry leaders of all levels of experience, parents and other interested adults.
- Getting Started with Youth Ministry
Written by Rich Rasmussen (Immaculate Conception Parish, Diocese of Rochester).
- -The top ten things every new youth ministry leader should know. Targeted toward the brand new youth minister or anyone looking to take their own “ministry pulse.” Great resource for diocesan directors to give to new hires!
- Getting Started with Technology in Youth Ministry
Written by Denise Heineman York (Immaculate Conception Parish, East Aurora, New York)
- -An overview of the reasons for using technology within youth ministry as well as some of the practical strategies for incorporating technological solutions and recommendations for safety when employing digital initiatives with youth.
Living and Loving Our Catholic Faith Series
- Sunday and Beyond
- -Sunday and Beyond is focused on worship and liturgy and will help Catholic young people both appreciate and more fully participate in the rich liturgical traditions of our faith. It is creative and user-friendly. Young people, through these sessions, will encounter God by gathering together for prayer and worship, listening to the Spirit, responding to the Lord's call, and putting their faith into action by serving others.
- Saints—Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
- -The Saints Go Marching On . . . The communion of Saints and our traditions surrounding them are one of the distinct Catholic identity markers. This resource assists youth ministry leaders as they inform, form and transform young people and their youth ministry volunteers in their understanding and engagement of the Catholic traditions, theology, and pastoral involvement on the subject of Saints.
- Being, Becoming, and Believing Church
- -Explore with young people the breadth and depth of the Catholic Church using Being, Becoming, and Believing Church. Complete with a primer on church for adult leaders and a CD with handouts and PowerPoint presentations to teach youth.
- Reflections on the Youth Ministry Component of Evangelization
Frank Mercadante, of Cultivation Ministries
- -"Thirty years ago, many Catholics fumbled to pronounce the term evangelization let alone accurately define it. For those who understood it, many attached negative connotations with the word—even questioning whether it was permissible under Catholic canonical law..."
- National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR) Reports on Findings from Waves 2 and 3
- -In "Religion and Spirituality on the Path Through Adolescence," the authors examined religious and spiritual changes in the lives of adolescents in the United States across a three-year span.
- -Research by Trish Snell, of CSRS, using NSYR data to show the significant, measurable effects over time of participation of adolescents in organized youth ministry activities.