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Fact Sheet | April 13, 2023

Youth Social Cohesion

Harnessing the Power of Young People for Peace

 CRS defines social cohesion as the strength, quality and diversity of relationships between and among individuals, groups and communities, coupled with connections between society and the state as well as other institutions and markets. These relationships must be based on trust, respect, mutuality and equal opportunity, for the dignity and wellbeing of every person and the common good of all. We are inspired by Catholic social teaching to promote right relationships and advocate for equitable and inclusive societies. The biggest problems facing our world will not be solved by individuals or opposing factions. Rather, they will be solved by entire communities and societies working together toward sustainable solutions. Young people play an integral role in this transformational change process that is achieved through peace and justice. CRS believes that all young people, including the most marginalized and those living surrounded by violence and conflict, have the capacity to effect positive changes in their lives and in their communities.