Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Australia (CSYMA) has a vision to inspire and equip our Catholic Schools to respond to the Church’s vision of our Schools' becoming centres of the New Evangelisation.
CSYMA is a professional teacher centred organisation networking Catholic secondary schools, staff and organisations with the goal of further empowering staff and students in evangelisation.
The Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Australia network began in 2007. The original program, developed by Peter Woods, a Catholic school teacher at St. Edmund’s College Canberra, has now been adopted by secondary schools across Australia.
Since 2007, CSYMA has developed five focus areas that complement the Youth Ministry Model including Catholic primary school programs, Teacher formation initiatives and the development of post school pathways that allow youth to enter into participation in the broader Church. In 2013, a CSYMA board was formed with representatives from a range of regions and ministries throughout the CSYMA network. The board seeks to further develop the CSYMA vision including key strategic plans and activities.
Currently the CSYMA program is offered in Year 9 and will be offered to students to Year 12 in the future. It is a service modelled ministry where students are inspired to live out their faith through action, centred on igniting the heart, by striving to promote Catholic social teachings. In essence students are called to authentically live out the mission of Jesus to serve others and experience the power of the Holy Spirit