Young Lasallians are a group of spirited individuals (ages 16-35) who are actively involved in the Lasallian educational mission.

The Young Lasallians movement awakens awareness of the personal and collective vocational journey of youth and young adults on a personal, professional, and spiritual level to go beyond their boundaries to reach out so that they, and those who they accompany, may have life, and have it in its fullest. (John 10:10)

  • Why is there a focus on this age group in particular? Young Lasallians represent a vital and viable group of individuals who have been positively impacted by the Lasallian mission and who are open to being more deeply connected to the Lasallian heritage and mission in their work and in their lives.
  • Following in the footsteps of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, himself an innovator in his time, Young Lasallians display a bold creativity in the world of today. Young Lasallians commit themselves to a multitude of service projects in favor of the poor, children and young people, education, the environment and other needs inspired by the Lasallian mission and spirit. They help advance the mission at local, national and international levels.
  • Young Lasallians are constructing agents of a world of love and act in association with the Lasallian family and in collaboration with all persons and groups of good will.

Five Characteristics of Young Lasallians

  1. Vocation to be lived in reference to the charism of Saint John Baptist de La Salle and his values
  2. Life of faith which discovers God in everyday reality in the light of Scripture and, for persons of other religions, according to their own sacred texts
  3. Community experience lived in diverse ways and according to the identity of each one
  4. Mission associated with the educational service of the poor and which implies a certain duration of time
  5. Universal openness which transcends the person and the local reality

Rise & Serve Young Lasallians campaign

Rise & Serve

Rise & Serve is a unifying service campaign that is based on our Lasallian Region of North America’s (RELAN) Spring into Action initiative. This campaign allows the sharing of service projects on social media channels. We are aware of the many service projects that Young Lasallians from our different Districts and schools continue to be part of and we are hoping to highlight these to be able to learn from each other by sharing best practices, and that same time, inspire a lot more groups and individuals to engage themselves in serving the last, the lost and the least. Learn more about the Rise & Serve campaign on the Institute’s website

Who is a Young Lasallian?

This demographic group in the Lasallian family includes:

  • High school students who participate in Lasallian Youth activities and are inspired by the values of the Lasallian educational mission

  • College and university students who are attending a Lasallian college or university

  • Graduates of a Lasallian high school who are seeking to stay connected to the Lasallian family

  • Young Lasallian Professionals (up to age 35) who are faculty and staff serving in schools and identified as having a vocation as Lasallian Educators

  • De La Salle Brothers


Lasallian Youth

Students in high school grades 6-12.

Lasallian Youth: Faith, Service and Community
In 2014, Lasallian Youth celebrated its 20th anniversary of animating the Lasallian mission and vocation with our youngest students in a mission that began in 1680. Lasallian Youth represents students in our San Miguel Schools, Lasallian middle schools (Junior Lasallian Youth) and high schools. Members of Lasallian Youth choose to be more intentional in their connection to the Lasallian mission and live the mission with zeal through faith, service, community and advocacy for social justice.

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Accompaniment of Lasallian Youth

Lasallian Collegians

Students of Service at La Salle University and Manhattan College

Learn how you can be agents of change on your campus through Campus Ministry and Social Action

Ernest-Miller_02La Salle University

Br. Ernest Miller, FSC
Vice President for Mission

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 Br. Jack Curran, FSC
Vice President for Mission

Young Lasallian Professionals

bbh-accompaniment-logoPreparing young professionals to become the next generation of forever Lasallians.

Whether you are just getting started as a Young Lasallian Professional or have been engaged in the Lasallian mission for some time, please contact me today and I will accompany you through your personal vocation journey.

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Philip De Rita, Jolleen Wagner, Antoine Beland (Young Lasallians, Rome), Molly Keough, Maryann Donohue-Lynch, Maggie Naughton (member emeritus), Sarah Laitinen, A.J. Goodman, Sophia Cartagena.

DENA Young Lasallians Steering Committee

Melanie Carroll  
Christian Brothers Academy
Albany, NY

Sophia Cartagena  (Chair)
TIDES Family Services
West Warwick, RI

Philip De Rita  
District of Eastern North America
Eatontown, NJ

Aaron Goodman
Manhattan College
Riverdale, NY

Sarah Laitinen  
DENA Representative to RELAN YL Council
RELAN representative to the International Council of Young Lasallians
Christian Brothers Conference
Washington, DC

Edwin Ortiz
DENA Representative to RELAN YL Council
Calvert Hall College High School
Towson, MD

Jolleen Wagner  
Legacy Lasallian
Bronx, NY

Maryann Donohue-Lynch  
DENA Office of Mission and Ministry
Accompaniment of the DENA Young Lasallian Council

NEWS > Young Lasallians on the Move

The 3rd International Symposium of Young Lasallians (ISYL) gathered Young Lasallians from around the world at the Generalate in Rome February 2014. The purpose was to develop common and international Young Lasallian Mission Objectives for the Young Lasallian (YL) Movement across the Lasallian Network into the future.