Don Bosco was one of the first to introduce apprenticeship contracts which assured young people that they would not be exploited. His pedagogy, which was not based on punishment but instead on motivation and individual support, was revolutionary for that time. The spiritual accompaniment of the uprooted young people was also very important for him: Don Bosco as a priest and a deeply spiritual person knew about the liberating power of faith.
Don Bosco worked tirelessly for “his” young people and made sure that they could go to school, get accepted to an apprenticeship, and develop their talents. At that time he broke new ground in what we call fundraising today: for example, he organized a lottery to be able to finance a big church. Above all, he was always there for his protégés.
Don Bosco did not spare himself. He soon found companions who helped him in his work. In 1859 he founded the “Society of Saint Francis de Sales“ which is known today as the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB). The Salesians as well as the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco that were founded a little later continue the work of Don Bosco to this day: children and young people in risk situations not only receive a warm welcome in the Don Bosco Centers around the world and the opportunity to lead their lives independently with the help of education and training but also get a chance to break out of the spiral of poverty that has often been inherited over generations.
We would be delighted if together with Jugend Eine Welt you could support the worldwide work in succession to the great youth patron Don Bosco.