To evangelize the youth and train leaders for the service of the church.
We envision Filipino Youth who have a
growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ, who participate actively in
the life and mission of the Catholic Church, and who increasingly become
agents of social transformation in society.
Our vision is spelled out in what we may summarize as the 4 C's of CYA.
Conversion: The individual makes a personal commitment to Christ, entering into a new relationship with Him, and making a decision to continue knowing, loving and serving God.
Community: The person participates more actively in the life and mission of the church. He/She also learns the importance of, and thus, commits himself/herself to be part of, smaller communities in which there is mutual care, support and opportunity to serve.
Character: The person is formed and grows in Christian character, in his/her understanding of the Catholic fatih, and in service to others.
Commission: The person is "sent out" to bear witness to the Gospel by word and example.
CYA began as an outreach to young people
of a Catholic Covenant Communit, called "Ligaya ng Panginoon"
(Joy of the Lord) which began in 1975, in Manila, Philippines.
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 October 1980, some members of Ligaya ng Panginoon, Mike Joseph Jr., Gil Galeste, Francis Iturralde, and Rogel Plata met for a time of seeking the Lord about a new campus student movement. It was at that prayer time that CYA was officially born.
"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.