Archdiocesan Youth Advisory Council

The Division of Youth and Young Adult Ministry invites each Parish and Catholic High School to appoint one junior and a returning senior to serve as a representative on the Archdiocesan Youth Advisory Council for a minimum of one year.  We invite you to choose TWO young persons for the 2017 – 2018 term.

As a program of DYYAM, the Archdiocesan Youth Advisory Council seeks to fulfill the mission of the Division, which is, “to create, form, and develop missionary disciples among the young and young adult church and those who accompany them.” As such, all efforts of the Archdiocese are geared towards serving the local parish, since it is, “the Church living in the midst of the homes of her sons and daughters.” (Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis). In the same way that DYYAM serves the young church by providing training, formation and support to parish youth leadership, it takes up this call with the young church directly through AYAC. Members of AYAC are lay ministers/leaders and deserve a strong and comprehensive development. With this calling in mind, AYAC develops the following focus:

  • Connect them to Jesus Christ and envision their own discipleship through the lens of missionary discipleship to Him and in service to the local parish and diocesan Church
  • Developing young leaders in the four areas of formation (Spiritual, Human, Intellectual, and Pastoral) provided by various professionals around the Archdiocese
  • Sharing of resources and ideas from other parishes to bring back to their home parish

This year the AYAC will have seven meetings.  Each meeting will be on a Sunday from 12pm – 2pm.  Meeting dates for the 2017 – 2018 year are on the following Sundays: October 22, November 12, January 7, February 4, March 4, April 15, May 6.  All meetings will be held at Our Lady of Victory in Arbutus.

Ideally, each parish would have a returning AYAC representative (usually a rising senior) and also an incoming junior.  The incoming junior should be able to serve for two years.  Returning seniors will be asked to be an AYAC mentor for incoming juniors.  Questions about this can be sent to

As a youth contact we strongly encourage you to maintain regular communication with your AYAC representatives.  This helps keep the young person accountable to the parish/school and aids them in better serving the purpose of the AYAC.


Nomination Form