YaR Governing Body Meeting

The Governing Body Meeting of Don Bosco National Forum for Young at Risk was held at St Joseph Vaz Spiritual Renewal Centre, Ella, Goa on 5th & 6th February 2018. YaR representatives of 10 provinces, the President, Vice President, Secretary and the two joint secretaries of YaR took part in this meeting.Fr. Maria Charles, Vice President of YaR moderated the meeting which was preceded by Fr. Thathireddy Vijaya Bhaskar, President of YaR. In this meeting minutes of GBM held at Guwahati in the month of September 2017 was read out and approved by the members, the second draft of YaR National Policy on Child Participation was debated. Updates of national level programs like HLK, PAR, CFCI,MM and JJA were shared with the members. Fr. Albert Johnson, SPCA Secretary said “the information is scattered and to make use of that data a website will be created by the month of May”. Regarding YaR leaders orientation meeting, Fr. Tony said “if the Provinces commit to send more confrere’s for the orientation program then the national office will make arrangements of having it in two places”. Fr. Albert Johnson said “we must reach out to north eastern states”.

Third poster for the YaR day Campaign 2017-18 was released in the GBM. Fr. Maria Charles said the province coordinators should report back to the national office about their work.

The next AGM is scheduled for the month of September and in relation to that Fr. Alfred Paul said “all the arrangements are being made to host the AGM in Kolkata in September”. Fr. Thathireddy thanked Fr. Thomas Koshy and the joint secretaries for the arrangements made for the GBM. He asked the YaR coordinators to try and engage with civil society leaders to enrich the work we do. The meeting concluded with vote of thanks from Fr. Swanoop and a prayer lead by Fr. Genises.