Who We Are


The International Young Catholic Student (IYCS) is a global movement of Young Catholic Students committed to building a peaceful, just and sustainable world.

Inspired by Catholic Faith as a Faith based Youth Movement, IYCS since its inception in 1946, has guided students to become architects and agents of positive social change dedicating its programmes and campaigns to promoting global solidarity to end extreme poverty, achieve quality education and health for all, build resilient humanitarian action, fight inequality and injustice, promote peace and protect our planet our common home.

The pedagogy used by the IYCS Movement, based on “revision of life: See-Judge-Act”, enables Young Catholic Students around the world to become aware of situations, to analyse them critically in the light of the Gospel and the Faith, to undertake a commitment to the pursuit of justice and peace, for the comprehensive growth of individuals and for sustainable development. IYCS performs its tasks by cooperating with other organizations in the same field, supporting the establishment of student movements pursuing the same goals, and fostering dialogue, exchange of experiences and mutual assistance between the Member Movements.



IYCS is a Catholic Action Movement of the Apostolate of Laity. It has a status of Private Juridical Personality according to Canons 298-311 and 321-329 of the Code of Canon Law. IYCS is recognized by the Holy See as an International Catholic Organization under the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. IYCS maintains close links with the Vatican Secretariat of State, in particular the section in charge of relations with the States.

IYCS is a Member of the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth. IYCS has an operational status with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and is accredited to the United Nations Department of Information (UN DPI).



87 affiliated Movements in 104 countries belong to IYCS, as follows: Africa (39), Asia (18), Europe (19), Middle East (5), North America (2), Oceania (1) and South America (20).



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IYCS International Secretariat

7, Impasse Reille – 75014 Paris, France

Tel: +33 1 45 48 14 72

Email: mail@iycs-jeci.org

Website: www.iycs-jeci.org