Effects of Involvement in Religious Organization on Youth Development





Social Science, youth development, religious involvement, quantitative method, weighted mean, Philippines, Asia


The collaborative efforts of the church, the school, and the family are a potent force in designing new programs and activities that are appealing, and able to sustain interest and youth involvement. This study aimed to describe the personal “growth experiences” gained by youth participants in the Youth Encounter (YE) program of the Catholic Youth Ministry (CYM). The study centered on the apostolate of the Diocesan Youth Ministry in the Diocese of Talibon, Bohol, Philippines. One hundred fifty Roman Catholic youth respondents, aged 15 to 16 years of age were randomly selected from the 43 parishes in the Diocese of Talibon. Percentages and weighted mean were used to analyze and interpret the data. The findings illustrated how the program influenced the emotional, social, and spiritual growth of the youth participants. The Fully Evident rating on Affirmation, Discovering one’s true identity and Self-worth signifies personal growth and change in the youth’s character, attitudes, and beliefs. The findings showed positive outcomes in the youth’s personal “growth experiences,” and participation in the program ensures learning opportunities and ownership of personal development. A program with supportive adults enables the youth to learn appropriate competencies and skills that will eventually lead to positive development.


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