Young Christian Students is the sister organisation of Young Christian Workers (YCW), a movement founded by Cardinal Joseph Cardijn in Belgium in 1924 which came to Australia in 1939. As a boy, Cardinal Cardijn had seen the exploitation of working people in the factories close to his home. Applying the principle that each person is created in the image of God, his movement aimed to restore the dignity of workers and help laypeople discover they too have Christian vocations.

Today YCW and YCS encourage young workers and students to uncover needs in their community and take action.

The Diocese of Parramatta supports Parramatta Christian Workers and Young Christian Students operating in schools in the Diocese. On Friday 9 April Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta recognized the work of the YCS, at a presentation attended by representatives from St Andrew’s Catholic College, St Luke’s Catholic College in Marsden Park, and St Columba’s Catholic College in Springwood. Students were presented with certificates in recognition of their involvement over the past 12 months.

Representatives from the schools took initiative by presenting their most recent projects.