To evangelize the youth and train leaders for the service of the church and of society.
Moved by our growing relationship with Christ, we envision Filipino youth leading other young people to pursue personal conversion, Christian character, involvement in community, and the Great commission thereby becoming leaders of the Catholic Church and agents of social transformation.
Conversion: We guide other young people into a personal commitment to God. S/He is assisted in entering into a relationship with Him.
Community: We lead fellow youth into more active participation in the life and mission of the Catholic Church. We also make evident the importance of smaller communities.
Character: We provide ongoing formative training and guidance to facilitate maturity in individual Christian life and character.
Commission: We train fellow youth for service in youth evangelization, leadership development, and other means to bear witness to the Gospel so that they can affect their peers, homes and environments.
CYA began as an outreach to young people of the "Ligaya ng Panginoon" (Joy of the Lord) Community, a Catholic covenant community based in Metro Manila.
This outreach was occasioned by the increase in number of university students from various schools who had become members of Ligaya. Their strong desire to share their Catholic faith with other students in their respective campuses paved the way for informal get-togethers and faith-sharing sessions. Gradually these sessions became more regular, and the number of students who were reached grew. In February of 1982, the "Student Outreach" formally adopted a name that would more appropriately embody its call, identity and mission: Christ's Youth in Action.
"We love because He first loved us"(1 John 4:19). If God did not first love us, we would not know how to love Him. Hence, our love for Christ is simply a response to His overwhelming goodness to us, as expressed in His coming to earth and redeeming us.
We want to give Christ our whole lives. "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and will all your mind."(Matthew 22:37)
This great commandment requires us to offer everything, all that we are, to Him is our all.
Finally, we want to follow Christ for the rest of our lives. Our being disciples is a lifelong task. "I will praise the Lord as long as I live." (Psalm 146:2) Like St. Paul, we want to be able to say, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." (2 Timothy 4:7)
The logo has three principal visual elements, which correspond to our name:
- Christ is represented by the cross, the universal symbol of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Youth is visually formed by the letter "Y" with arms outstretched heavenward in worship and offered to God and service to others.
- In Action is represented by the forward slant of the visual element. This signifies CYA's dynamic movement and active spirituality.