Saved by the Bell

Don Bosco Network is committed to defend human rights of children and young people in need and to advocate for their empowerment.

Our main task is to facilitate communication between all the Salesian organizations and to contribute to common strategy in Human Rights and Advocacy fields.

Speaking with one voice Salesian Family present in more than 130 countries is working to support young people and children and give them the possibility to fulfil their potential and participate actively in the society.


“Don’t Suffocate Our Future!”
DATE: May 3, 2019 CATEGORY: Advocacy, News

Young people across the world are today raising their voices in anger protest! They are legitimately upset because their lives and their future are being adversely affected by climate change, pollution and a variety of other environmental factors.  As they demand change, they also pledge to make the necessary changes in their own lives to improve the environmental scenario.  These sentiments of young people are well described by Pope Francis when he says: “Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded.” (LS 13). Further, the Pope states that “young people have a new ecological sensitivity and a generous spirit, and some of them are making admirable efforts to protect the environment” (LS 209).Read more »

Don Bosco Side Event at the 57th Session of the Commission for Social Development 2019
DATE: February 21, 2019 CATEGORY: Advocacy, News

 TVET Initiative and Circular Migration – A Critical Intervention for Empowering Young Migrants.

Mr. Agostino Sella, Director, Associazione Don Bosco 2000 – TVET/CNOS speaking at the Youth led side event during the 57th Session of the Commission for Social Development 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York highlighted the critical and important role the Salesians of Don Bosco was playing to empower young migrants by providing them employment oriented vocational training. This process he said enabled young migrants to acquire skills that they could then use to empower their communities in their countries of origin. Calling this process “Circular Migration” he said that such an intervention is important in addressing the global challenge of migration. Agostino was one of the panelists at the side event: Youth Empowered! Enabling Youth Through Social Protection: Education, Employment, Environment. Read more »

Sixth Advocacy meeting for the Salesian Family organizations
DATE: February 12, 2019 CATEGORY: Advocacy, News

On 11 and 12 February, coordinated by Don Bosco Network with the support of Don Bosco International and Don Bosco – United Nations, the annual gathering of organizations dealing with advocacy and campaign with a Salesian approach has taken place for the sixth time. The meeting was presided by Fr Guillermo Basañes, Missions Councillor, and Fr Fabio Attard, Councillor for Youth Ministry. This edition dealt with several fixed points: sharing 2018’s advocacy initiatives, working in common topics, such as Migrations, human-trafficking and Sustainable Development Goals; but also with a few novelties: two representatives of Don Bosco Green Alliance presented their ecological initiative rooted in Laudato Si’ and youth engagement, while AFW province sent a representative, Benson Osei-Savio Boateng, for the “DBYNWA” (Don Bosco Youth Net West Africa), who shared their many activities in the field, and so for the first time counted on the presence of African representatives. The last novelty was the visit on the morning of the 12th to the Vatican Dicastery of Human Integral Development, in order to get to know their work and see possible synergies with the different socio-political initiatives they are carrying out.

The meeting ended with the exchange of best practices and materials in the field of Development Education. The advocacy meeting grows year after year, as well as the number of joint initiatives developed together.

We Are Don Bosco
DATE: December 19, 2018 CATEGORY: Advocacy, News

Don Bosco:
Missionary of the Young

Saint John “Don” Bosco truly lived his life for others—especially the poor, downtrodden young men living on the streets of Turin, Italy, near where he was born.

By the mid-19th century, thousands of these boys had traveled from the rural countryside, seeking better opportunities in a newly booming industrial city. But Turin wasn’t ready for them. Inadequate housing options, and a strained social support system, meant that almost as many landed in overcrowded slums—where crime, disease and despair ran rampant. Many youth roamed the streets and were a menace to society with their unruly behavior.Read more »

Don Bosco Network Newsletter – December 2018
DATE: December 3, 2018 CATEGORY: Advocacy, News

Dear Members of the Salesian Family,

As you will read in this newsletter Don Bosco Network continues to facilitate synergy and effective cooperation between Salesian Family organizations and networks from different SDB regions and continents at the service of Don Bosco Mission for young people. Working together as one family we are more effective.

Recently we have also started participation in the work of the Forum for Catholic NGOs based in the Vatican. As a faith based/Catholic/Salesian civil society organization we ensure that young people in need of support are included in the international policy of the Church and Civil Society. Working in partnership with the Church, governments and civil society organizations provide better opportunity for sustainable development and assurance that young people in need “are not left behind”.Read more »