"Reaching out to the unreached, Accompanying the youth into tomorrow".
How did it come about? JYMSA was established by the Jesuit Conference of South Asia (JCSA) in 1994 after a serious of consultations, meetings and discussions with those involved and interested in youth work in different provinces of the South Asian Assistance. Acknowledging the importance, seriousness and its implications, the JCSA responded positively and approved the vision, goals and objectives of the Jesuit youth ministry in South Asia (JYMSA) in 1997.
Purpose / Objectives JYMSA will function as an umbrella to bring together for greater effectiveness all the Jesuit youth initiatives, including youth involvement in different ministries like pastoral, social etc. It will reach out to the un-attended youth, (Catholic and non- catholic, educated and uneducated, drop-outs and unemployed, in rural and urban areas) especially those belonging to the under privileged sections of society. "We cannot confine ourselves just to Catholics. Rather we have to reach out to the youth of all religions and no religion. That is where the true wealth of human kind is. That is where the destiny of the world is shaped. Therefore that is where the Lord wishes that we Jesuits be present actively and effectively, as men on the frontiers of service to His Kingdom".
This is the main thrust/Specific mission of JYMSA - to get involved in the lives of these unattended youth and to accompany them in the search for meaning in their lives.
The vision of this ministry in the light of our option for faith and justice is to accompany the youth, especially the unorganized and the marginalized in their integral growth and their empowerment, to contribute to the creation of a more just and fraternal world based on the Gospel values and the Liberate forces of other Religions.
“Rooted in Christ and in partnership with people of good will, transforming relationships and structures to build a society based on Compassion, Justice, Reconciliation and service.”