Diocesan Youth Board

Diocesan Youth Board - Catholic Diocese of Erie - Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry


The Diocesan Youth Board (DYB) is a community of young Catholics and adult mentors who have been selected through an application process to represent their faith communities from around the Erie Diocese and is under the direction of the Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry.

The purpose of the DYB is to form strong disciples of Jesus Christ. This is done through Formation Weekends and Adult Mentoring at the parish and school level.

Click here for the application to become a Diocesan Youth Board member.

Parish Mentors are adults who walk with the young DYB members, not only as fellow disciples on the journey, but also as advocates in their schools and parishes outside of the Formation time.

Some of the Adult Mentors will be discerned as DYB Formation Weekends Adult Team Members who facilitate the FW and some of the work outside of those weekends. Click here for the application to become a DYB Adult Team Member

The Goals of the DYB:

  • To act as a bridge between the Diocesan Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry and young people in their parish or school communities.
  • To guide young people in spiritual formation: teach them how to pray, instill in them a love for the sacraments, a passion for Christ, and a desire to be saints.
  • To train young people in professional development by teaching them how to work with others in the church, help them communicate and network, and help them find their strengths and identify strengths in others.
  • To bridge the gap between our young people who might attend the same parish community but different schools.
  • To empower our young people to take ownership of their faith communities, to identify needs and to work with others to fill those needs.
  • To bring young people together from all corners of the diocese for regional and diocesan wide projects and events.
  • To build a relationship between our young people and their bishop. We hope to offer different ways for the bishop and young people dialog.
  • To commission young people to be representatives for their local faith communities.
  • To train adults to become disciplers of young people.
  • To form strong disciples of Jesus Christ who will in turn disciple others.

For more information about the Diocesan Youth Board contact Jennifer Durney, 814-824-1219 or jdurney@eriercd.org, or visit the DYB links in the menu.