The Diocesan Youth Board (DYB) is a community of young Catholics and adult mentors who have been selected through an application process to represent their faith communities from around the Erie Diocese and is under the direction of the Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry.
The purpose of the DYB is to form strong disciples of Jesus Christ. This is done through Formation Weekends and Adult Mentoring at the parish and school level.
Parish Mentors are adults who walk with the young DYB members, not only as fellow disciples on the journey, but also as advocates in their schools and parishes outside of the Formation time.Some of the Adult Mentors will be discerned as DYB Formation Weekends Adult Team Members who facilitate the FW and some of the work outside of those weekends.
The Goals of the DYB:
- To act as a bridge between the Diocesan Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry and young people in their parish or school communities.
- To guide young people in spiritual formation: teach them how to pray, instill in them a love for the sacraments, a passion for Christ, and a desire to be saints.
- To train young people in professional development by teaching them how to work with others in the church, help them communicate and network, and help them find their strengths and identify strengths in others.
- To bridge the gap between our young people who are a part of different parish communities, different schools, or different towns but are all part of one, universal church.
- To empower our young people to take ownership of their faith communities, to identify needs and to work with others to fill those needs.
- To bring young people together from all corners of the diocese for regional and diocesan wide projects and events.
- To build a relationship between our young people and their bishop. We hope to offer different ways for the bishop and young people dialog.
- To commission young people to be representatives for their local faith communities.
- To train adults to become disciplers of young people.
- To form strong disciples of Jesus Christ who will in turn disciple others
DYB Mission Statement
We the youth of the Diocesan Youth Board (DYB) come together in order to bring faith to the people of the Diocese of Erie through prayer, witness to others, and the example of our lives. Through inspiring events and acts of service, we strive to evangelize our peers and our communities.
DYB is open to youth in grades 8 through 12, representing their faith communities and who are:
- Passionate about their Catholic faith,
- Want to make a real difference in the world,
- Have a desire for holiness, and
- A heart to bring others to Christ.
Youth are selected through a discernment process which begins with the submission of an online application with reference letters from either a pastor or Catholic school chaplain. Once discerned for the DYB, the youth is welcomed on the board, their pastor and/or Catholic school principal and campus minister notified, and then they are given instructions to begin their DYB role with prayer.