Who we are
We are the “Youth for a United World” of the Focolare Movement, founded by Chiara Lubich in Trent, 1943.
Our characteristic is universality: in fact, we come from all the 5 continents and we are from different ethnicities, nationalities and cultures. We belong to various Christian denominations, different religions and some of us do not profess a religious belief, but they all have very high human values. We are aged between 17 and 30 and we commit all our energies into building a united world, to make humankind more and more into one single family, where the personal identity of every individual is respected.
We follow every possible way of building universal brotherhood, to heal divisions that exist within the family, between generations, between different social groups.
This is why we are engaged in international campaigns in support of peace and fraternity in local and global public events, such as the Genfest. We also want to give testimony that it is possible to live as brothers and sisters in simple gestures of solidarity and dialogue with those who pass us by every day: the needy and marginalized, acquaintances or family members. In each of these neighbors we try to see a brother or sister to welcome.
Our way of living has given rise to many types of activities – from great projects in response to emergency situations, helping people and nations that have been affected by natural disasters or wars, to the numerous seeds of fraternity, wherein we are engaged in on-going local projects in favour of the most needy, like street kids or the homeless, the elderly left on their own, prisoners or immigrants: everything that our imaginations can come up with to help in healing the wounds of the society.
We also involve institutions in our work, especially during the United World Week, a week during which we unite to all the Youth for a United World around the world to intensify our activities and various ideas in order to make an impact on public opinion in our countries. The United World Week has taken place annually since 1996.
We live for fraternity not only on a communitarian level, but above all in our own personal lives.
And so, in our daily lives, those among us who are Christian take this occasion to strengthen our choice of Jesus as our model and the Gospel as our code of life; those who belong to other religions who take on the ideal of a united world, find the incentive to continually reflect in their doctrines with faithfulness; those with non religious convictions share the golden rule, that invites them to do to the others as they would like done to themselves, highlighting the highest value of the human person.
We are aware that the unity we believe in and live for is not a mere human project, but the design of God on humanity (“That all may be one” Jn, 17:21).