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Young Leaders Initiative Preparation


Prepare for Your Trip

Greetings student leaders! We're delighted to welcome you to the Young Leaders Initiative at Catholic Social Ministry Gathering.

This page is to help you prepare for your trip. It includes:

Questions for Reflection on This Year's Theme
Tips from Previous Participants
Materials to Prepare for Hill Visits
What Should I Wear?
Social Media

Reflect with Pope Francis on This Year's Theme

The 2019 theme is Let Justice Flow (cf. Am. 5:24): A Call to Restore and Reconcile. As you prepare for your journey to CSMG, we encourage you to pray and reflect on Scripture and on the words of Pope Francis:

Read 1 Corinthians 12: 12-26.

  • What words, phrases, or images jump out at you from this passage?
  • Are there any members of the "body" that you sometimes forget or neglect?
  • Paul urges us to suffer with the parts of the body who suffer, and to share the joy of those who are honored.  What does this mean, and how are you challenged by this call?
Read the passages below.

"What we are speaking about is the common good of humanity, of the right of each person to share in the resources of this world and to have the same opportunities to realize his or her potential, a potential that is ultimately based on the dignity of the children of God, created in his image and likeness. Our great challenge is to respond to global levels of injustice by promoting a local and even personal sense of responsibility so that no one is excluded from participating in society."    - Pope Francis, Address to Participants of the Fortune-Time Global Forum (December 3, 2016)

"Dialogue presupposes and demands that we seek a culture of encounter; an encounter which acknowledges that diversity is not only good, it is necessary… Where there is conflict, I embrace it, I transform it, and it is a necessary element of a new process."  - Pope Francis, Meeting with Representatives of Civil Society (July 11, 2015)
  • What is the "common good" and where do you see it undermined? Where is the dignity of God's children threatened at home and around the world?  
  • Where in your life and in your local and wider community, have you experienced conflict or polarization?  How are you called to "transform" conflict? What role does encounter play in doing so?
  • How can your own—and others'—participation in encountering others, building community, and raising your voices, help to impact the "global levels of injustice" around the world? What gifts do you bring? Where do you seek to grow?


The full schedule for the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is here.

Don't miss the four events that are specifically for Young Leaders, which include:

  • Young Leaders Initiative (YLI) lunch (Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019)
  • YLI Community Workshop (Afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019)
  • YLI Meeting and Reflection (Evening of Monday, Feb. 4, 2019)
  • YLI Reception (Following the reflection on the evening of Monday, Feb. 4, 2019)

Tips from Previous Participants

Kévin, Dom and Edith, share some tips with you about visiting your members of Congress, learning, networking, prayer and reflection, and taking the message back to campus.

Prepare for Capitol Hill Visits

Visiting Capitol Hill to help influence your legislators is an important part of the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering.Your state captain will set up meetings with legislators from your state. On Monday morning, you will have the chance to gather with other people from your state to assign speaking responsibilities at the meetings. Consider volunteering to present about one of the legislative "asks"!

Prep materials for CSMG Hill Visits, including backgrounders about the CSMG advocacy issues

Students can feel free to join either the delegation from the state where your school is located, or the state that you consider your home. 


What Should I Wear?

On Saturday through Monday, most conference participants wear business casual clothing. For example, slacks or khakis, blouse or dress shirt, polo or open collar shirt, skirt at knee-length or below, knit shirt or sweater, are all examples of business casual clothing.

Save your most professional clothing for the Hill visits on Tuesday. Many participants will elect to wear shirt and tie and/or jacket on this day.

Social Media

Before, during and after CSMG, share your experience with your friends using these social media sites:

On Twitter, follow us #CSMG19.

Join our Facebook community.

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